Monday, September 22, 2014

Photos from the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival!

La Casa Azul Bookstore and Las Comadres para Las Americas joined forces once again at this year's Brooklyn Book Festival. 
We enjoyed seeing many familiar faces and meeting new bookstore fans!

A special THANK YOU to the authors and illustrators who were  a part of our booth!

Angela Dominguez
Carla Torres
Cecilia Fernandez
Irene Perez
Joan Regen Ramirez
John Parra
Jose Luis Orozco
Jose Luis Vilson
Luis Jaramillo
Monica Brown
Mylene Fernandez-Pintado
Rich Villar
Sandra Lopez
Silvia Siller
Torrey Maldonado

Monica Brown reading from My Name is Celia/Me Llamo Celia

John Parra, Torrey Maldonado, Rich Villar, Monica Brown, Jose Luis Vilson

Jose Luis Vilson reading from This is not a test
Carla Torres reading from Larry y sus amigos

Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Las Comadres Para Las Americas & Aurora Anaya-Cerda, La Casa Azul Bookstore

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Over 1,500 books collected for unaccompanied minors in New York!

Dear bookstore friends and fans:
La Casa Azul Bookstore staff and U-LAMP project members have been busy sorting the 1,531 books that were donated for the book drive. 

Yes – 1,531 books were donated between July 10 – August 10, 2014.

We are now in Phase 3 of project:
September – December: Monthly delivery of books and letters to detainment center in Dobbs Ferry and to court building where children/youth are awaiting to see a judge.

Thank you to all of the authors, illustrators, publishing companies and individuals who donated books to the project!

  • Books through Bars
  • Capstone Publishers
  • Curious City “Where Kids and Books Meet”
  • Hachete Book Group
  • Lethe Press
  • MPR Noticias/ Municipios de Puerto Rico
  • Penguin Group
  • Rourke Educational Media
  • Scholastic
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Utica College Library
Alma Flor Ada
Amy Foerster
Cynthia Valderrama
Daniella Mayorga
Elizabeth Castelli
Elizabeth Miller
Emile LaMorte
Gina D’Amico
Gloria LaMorte
Jennifer Sanchez
Johanna Arbaiza
John Parra
Julia Alvarez
Liliana Valenzuela
Marty Rajandran
Meg Thering
Megan Sheridan
Olympia Foster
Rudolfo Anaya
Ryan Levine
Sandra Cisneros
Sarah Flalto
Silvia Galis-Menendez
Stuart Bernstein
Xavier Garza

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hidden Gems: Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Welcome to another edition of Hidden Gems. This week we will be reading Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez.

Angela takes a children’s classic and remakes it into a wonderful alternative rhyme that tells the story of Maria and her llama. What I love more than anything about Maria Had a Little Llama is the beautiful illustrations. Being from Bolivia myself I love how the book’s illustrations transport the reader to the Andes, giving a glimpse into a very rich and vibrant culture. 

Angela Dominguez in this story is able to introduce even the youngest of readers to the majesty of the Andes mountains, and to a spunky little girl that shares an amazing bond with her pet. The fact that it is also bilingual is icing on the sweet treat that is this amazing book. Definitely a must have for any great children’s book collection.

Love this book as much as we do?
Stop by our booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival (booth 227) this Sunday, September 21st to meet Angel Dominguez and other amazing authors!

- Galia, Schools Program Coordinator

Sunday, September 14, 2014

See you at the Brooklyn Book Festival!

September is one our favorite months --it means many authors visit New York to be a part of the Brooklyn Book Festival!
A kick-off celebration will take place on Friday September 19, at La Casa Azul Bookstore, with many authors joining us - we hope you will too!

Pre-Brooklyn Book Festival Bash! at La Casa Azul Bookstore

Friday, September 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Join us in welcoming authors from across the country and Latin America who are in town for Sunday's book festival. This is a great opportunity to meet your favorite writers - many visiting La Casa Azul Bookstore for the first time!

Aurora Anaya-Cerda & Nora De Hoyos Comstock

THEN…..  Look for La Casa Azul Bookstore and LasComadres para Las Americas at the Brooklyn Book Festival! 

Sunday,  September 21, 2014

11:00am  -6:00pm, Rain or shine!

Booth number # 227

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America's premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival's lively literary marketplace.

12:00pm – 2:00pm
Irene Perez
John Parra
Jose Luis Orozco
Jose Luis Vilson
Monica Brown
Rich Villar
Torrey Maldonado

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Angela Dominguez
Cecilia Fernandez
Joan Regen Ramirez
Sandra Lopez
Silvia Siller

3:30pm – 5:00pm
Luis Jaramillo
Mylene Ticeno