Unveiling a new library at a book-release party!

It’s that time again, when we get to shine a light on all the hard work our amazing young authors have published this year! We’ve been in celebration mode all month, enjoying book-release parties, student performances, and plenty of pizza. (We’re talking a lot of pizza.)

look closer_1Last week, we were super excited to release the spring issue of Look Closer/Mira de Cerca, our After-School Tutoring program’s publication that compiles work written by students over the course of the semester. Accompanied by their friends and families, our young writers joined us at our Mission Center’s Writing Lab to celebrate their work.

And when they arrived, there was a surprise bonus: the unveiling of our new library! We recently added over 100 new titles to our bookshelves thanks to the generosity of author and Board member Lisa Brown and her husband, Daniel Handler. This donation, courtesy of Point Reyes Books, brightened our bookshelves with titles that were selected for their diverse characters and authors, inclusive messaging, and relevance to our students. From recent bestsellers like The Crossover by Kwame Alexander to contemporary classics like House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, the new collection reflects the diversity of our students and their interests. We can’t wait for them to dig in.

And speaking of happy students (and proud parents!), families packed the room as Brown, alongside guest author Maggie Tokuda Hall, did a storytime-style reading of their own books to kickstart the fun, paving the way for the young authors of the hour to perform their work.

With such warm introduction, the writers were ready to rock as they took the mic to read their stories and express their hopes for the future, like supporting Ms. Pencil Chewer’s candidacy for President of the U.S.—she already has our vote!

Judging by their beaming faces and sheer excitement, the event couldn’t have been better, with everyone mingling and enjoying delicious food provided by parents and staff.

Thanks to everyone who showed up to support our students and celebrate with us. Our community means the world to us!
Curious about the titles in our new library? See below for a partial list, and look for them at your local independent bookstore!

Lowriders in Space, by Cathy Camper & Raul Gonzalez
Hidden, by Loic Dauvillier
El Deafo, by Cece Bell
Smile, by Raina Telgemeir
The Babymouse series, by Jennifer L. Holm
The Other Boy, by MG Hennessey
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
George, by Alex Gino
Rickshaw Girl, by Mitali Perkins
Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics, by Margarita Engle, Rafael Lopez
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
Malala’s Magic Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai
Yo Soy Muslim: A Father’s Letter to His Daughter, by Mark Gonzales
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, by Jeanne Walker Harvey
A Different Pond, by Bao Phi & Thi Bui
Knock Knock, My Dad’s Dream for Me, by Daniel Beaty
10,000 Dresses, by Marcus Ewert & Rex Ray
Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson
Niño Wrestles the World, by Yuyi Morales
The Longest Night, by Laurel Snyder & Catia Chien
Drum Dream Girl, by Margarita Engle & Rafael Lopez
The Case for Loving, by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko
Journey, by Francesca Sanna
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors, by Hena Khan
The Black Book of Colors, by Menena Cottin & Rosana Faría
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Javaka Steptoe
Freedom in Congo Square, by Boston Weatherford & R. Gregory Christie
Too Many Tamales, by Gary Soto & Ed Martinez
Emmanuel’s Dream, by Laurie Ann Thompson
Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth, by Sanjay Patel & Emily Haynes
Thunder Boy Jr., by Sherman Alexie
Yes! We Are Latinos, by Alma Flor & Isabel Campoy
Illustrated Spanish-English Dictionary (Merriam Webster)
Visual Dictionary (Merriam Webster)
The Elephant and Piggy series, by Mo Willems
The Ivy and Bean series, by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall
The Alvin Ho series, by Lenore Look & LeUyen Pham
The Princess in Black, by Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham
Rad American Women A-Z, by Kate Schatz & Miriam Kelin Stahl
Rad Women Worldwide, by Kate Schatz & Miriam Kelin Stahl
Sunny Side Up, by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
The Captain Underpants series, by Dav Pilkey
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney
Holes, by Louis Sachar
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Matilda, by Roald Dahl
The Witches, by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
The BFG, by Roald Dahl
House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Dear Martin, by Nic Stone
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds
Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
March, by John Lewis & Nate Powell
American Born Chinese, by Gene Yang
Divergent, by Veronica Roth
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green
Dear Juno, by Soyung Pak
Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario

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