Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Read Across America

René Colato Laínez

Read Across America celebrates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel. He was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

During Read Across America Day millions of children and young adults create posters, read books, and listen to authors. Call your local school this March 3, 2008 and be part of this national celebration. Just pick up your favorite book and you will be set to inspire many children in this wonderful day.

You can have your own celebration at home. Go to the public library, check out books, and read them with your children. These are some books that you can check out:

My Name is Gabito/ Me llamo Gabito by Monica Brown
Saturday’s Sancocho by Lelia Torres
Abuelita Full of Life/ Abuelita llena de vida by Amy Costales
Benjamin and the Word/Benjamin y la palabra by Daniel A. Olivas
I love Saturdays and Domingos by Alma Flor Ada
Nana’s Big Surprise/ Nana, ¡Qué Sorpresa! by Amada Irma Perez
Xochitl and the Flowers/ Xóchilt, la niña de las Flores by Jorge Argueta

For more information about Read Across America visit

This weekend, March 15/16, the University of San Francisco will celebrate Reading the World X. Authors Malin Alegria, Monica Brown, Reyna Grande, René Colato Laínez, Alma Flor Ada, Ashley Bryan, Sarah Ellis, Naomi Shihab Nye, Doris Orgel, Peter Sís, Leslie Tryon, Rita Williams Garcia, Laurence Yep, Jack Zipes and many more will be signing books and talking about multicultural literature.

Come celebrate a new book
by Jorge Argueta


Alfredito Flies Home / Alfredito regresa volando a su casa
Illustrated by Luis Garay
Sunday, March 2nd
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Ph. 415-282-9246
3 p.m.

Book-signing and refreshments
Both English and the Spanish editions will be available.
With music by Franscisco Herrera

Francisco Herrera has been performing and writing music for children in English and Spanish for over 27 years. He has a regular music class in Spanish at Parque Niños Unidos at 23 and Folsom every Monday at 10 a.m.

“Francisco Herrera’s music brings joy to children of all cultures. Most importantly, his music brings comfort to the hearts of the immigrants.” — Jorge Argueta

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