Cool off this summer by meeting and connecting with authors at your library! Refreshments will be provided and lucky winners will also be receiving a free copy of the author’s book. Come out and enjoy the fun!
Looking for something to read? Check out these books written by the authors visiting our libraries this summer.
Meet the Authors
Author-illustrator Javaka Steptoe, winner of this year’s Caldecott Medal for his picture book Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, will visit our Baldwin Hills, Studio City, and Felipe de Neve branch libraries.
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of many books, most recently Walkaway, a novel for adults. Meet him at Atwater Village Branch Library.
Karen Winnick never could have imagined that someday she might grow up and write stories and even draw the pictures, too! She has six dogs, two goldfish and many tropical fish. Meet her at the Arroyo Seco Regional Library.
Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein
Meet best friends and creators of the hit Lil’ Libros series Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein at the West Valley Regional Branch Library. They will discuss their bilingual books with tomorrow’s authors and entrepreneurs.
Chris Robertson a big kid at heart who has written and drawn several best-selling books. The author and illustrator will meet young readers at the Panorama City and the Durant branch libraries.
Rolandas Kiaulevicius Dabrukas
At the Little Tokyo Branch Library, artist, author, and teacher Rolandas Dabrukas will help kids explore the fascinating world of zoo animals.
Jeff Gavin’s debut novel has already won awards from the American Library Association and Lambda Literary. The author, actor, and musician will be speaking to young adult readers at the Northridge Branch Library. He will also be at the Platt Branch Library later in July.
Author Antonio Sacre uses stories, folktales, and myths from his Cuban-American upbringing, as well as his many visits to Mexico, to encourage all listeners to find their own cultural stories through the magic of books! Meet him at the Memorial, Angeles Mesa, and Vermont Square branch libraries.
José Lozano has been drawing, telling stories, and having fun ever since he was an elementary school student in East Los Angeles. Join him for talks about his acclaimed art and picture books at the Benjamin Franklin and the Sun Valley branch libraries.
Brigitte Benchimol is an educator, preschool director, author, and lecturer who has used children’s books and technology to help kids, teachers, and parents learn about diversity and nonviolence. She will join kids and families at the Cahuenga Branch Library.
Author-illustrator LeUyen Pham worked in animation before turning to children’s books. She will be visiting the Wilshire Library to share her stories with children and will be reading from her latest graphic novel Real Friends, written by Shannon Hale.
Brandy Colbert’s debut novel won the Cybils Award and places on best-of-the-year lists by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and the Los Angeles and Chicago Public Libraries. She will join Young Adult readers at the Canoga Park and the Palms-Rancho branch libraries.
Meet Jen Wang, cartoonist, writer, illustrator. Her works include In Real Life with Cory Doctorow, Koko Be Good and more. Join us at the Memorial, Junipero Serra, and Sunland-Tujunga branch libraries.
Courtenay Fletcher is a children’s book illustrator whose work has won the IPPY Gold Award. She will be sharing pictures and stories at the Hyde Park, and the Harbor City-Harbor Gateway branch libraries.
Susan Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher
Kids can join poet, author, and educator Susan Bernardo and award-winning illustrator Courtenay Fletcher in discussing the new picture book The Big Adventures of Tiny House at the Sherman Oaks Branch Library.
Kathryn Hewitt loves books, painting, and writing, so she has authored four books and illustrated more than twenty! She will be talking about her amazing work on children’s books at the North Hollywood Regional Library.
Ron Koertge writes award-winning young adult novels and poetry. He is an educator who engages young readers with a funny, bold, and honest style. Join him at the El Sereno Branch Library!
Winner of several prestigious writing prizes and fellowship, Lilliam Rivera recently published her first young adult novel. She is also the host of a monthly literary podcast. Join her for a great discussion with young readers at the Felipe de Neve, and Studio City branch libraries!
Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She is the author of Since You Asked… and I Believe in a Thing Called Love and has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. Meet her at the Exposition Park Regional Library and at Central Library.
Isabel Quintero describes herself as an “avid pizza and taco eater” who writes poetry and fiction for for children, young adults, adults, older adults, and ghosts. Young readers can learn more about her award-winning writing and her fascinating life and career at the Cypress Park, and the Woodland Hills branch libraries.
Sarah Rafael Garcia
Sarah Rafael Garcia is a writer, community educator, and activist who has won teaching and writing awards. As the founder of Barrio Writers, she has worked to empower youth. She will visit the Mark Twain and the Malabar branch libraries for discussions with young people.
Along with writing children’s picture books, Andrea Loney has worked for TV shows, major Hollywood studios, and even a travelling circus! Connect with this multitalented author at our Venice and Eagle Rock branch libraries.
Join us at the Pio Pico, Wilmington, and Baldwin Hills branch libraries for a visit from Laura Lacámara, the author and illustrator of the bilingual children's books Dalia's Wondrous Hair and Floating on Mama's Song. She will read from her books and tell us about her work!
René Colato Laínez
René Colato Laínez aims to write authentic stories of Latin American children living in the United States. He has done so by writing acclaimed multicultural and bilingual children’s books. Join the author at the Jefferson Branch Library!
From writing children’s picture books to drawing television cartoons to filmmaking, Ashlyn Anstee has done it all. Join the talented animator, author, and illustrator for a fun time at the Porter Ranch and the Lincoln Heights branch libraries!
The Summer Author Program is made possible by funding from the Future Leaders Fund.