Kwame Alexander, author of many books and winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal for The Crossover, is doing a "meet and greet" at Pages Bookstore on Saturday, January 13, at 1:00 p.m. Also appearing is Mary Rand Hess, coauthor with Kwame Alexander of Solo, a new young adult novel (intended for high school age and up). Special guest musician Randy Preston will also be appearing. RSVPs are requested: contact Pages bookstore at RSVP@pagesabookstore.com. I would suggest this event for middle school students or older and of course literary-minded adults.
Matt de la Peña and Loren Long are appearing at the Manhattan Beach public library on Thursday, January 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. They are promoting their new book, Love. Matt de la Peña's Last Stop on Market Street won the 2017 Newbery Medal, and Loren Long's Otis books are very popular with PK's students. RSVPs are requested: contact Pages bookstore at RSVP@pagesabookstore.com
At the Manhattan Beach public library on Wednesday, January 24, from 3:30 to 4:30, Navajo performer Ben Hale will showcase traditional dances and tell stories from a variety of North American tribal groups. Students in MBUSD study American Indian cultures, and this performance is a great opportunity to learn "up close" about the indigenous cultures that long preceded the European influx. If you would like to broaden and extend your child's education beyond the classroom, this would be an excellent way to do so.