Our LA Reader Series brings celebrated local authors and creators to our libraries to read, learn, and explore with our preschool-aged students. We owe many thanks to these amazing people for their generosity and their work, and a thank you to Sarah Leibman, our LA Library Specialist, for starting and overseeing the series.
Check back to this page as we add new authors and creators throughout the year.
Angela M. Sanchez
We’re thrilled to bring Angela Sanchez to our libraries in September 2018!
Angela M. Sanchez published her first children’s book, Scruffy and the Egg, in 2017 and is currently working on her first young adult novel which was recently selected for a Work in Progress Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is also a PEN Center USA 2018 Emerging Voices Fellow. When she’s not drawing, she’s writing on issues related to social justice and access to higher education. Angela’s blog, Poverty2Professional, tracks her journey from being a homeless teenager to navigating college and then to holding down her first professional job. She is a proud alumna of UCLA and provides motivational talks for students throughout Los Angeles. Organizations that have hosted Angela include School on Wheels Inc., LA on Cloud 9, Los Angeles Youth Network, UCLA Scholarship Resource Center, Upward Bound Los Angeles City College, and Los Angeles Public Library Student Smart Seminar.
In 2018, Scruffy and the Egg went into it’s second printing. It has been warmly received by children and critics, with the Kirkus Indie Review reading, in part, “The relationship between the expressively drawn and lovable Scruffy, whose sharp outline contrasts the textured color in his fur, and the faceless egg is impressively conveyed and will be adored by lap readers and independent readers alike. But the unresolved issues of Scruffy’s missing family, the egg’s eagle parents, and the homelessness both Scruffy and the egg share will leave sensitive readers concerned about their fates. Readers and parents will hope for further Scruffy adventures that may lead to a truly happy ending . . . A warm, sweetly rendered . . . tale.” You can purchase Scruffy on Amazon, or, if you find yourself in Los Angeles, at these local LA bookstores: Book Show, Caravan Books, and Flintridge Bookstore and Coffee House.
If you know students (middle school, high school, or college-level) who would like to learn more about getting to and through college or if you have questions of your own, please feel free to reach out to Angela here. You can also read about Angela in the LA Times.