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English book launch of Aida Salazar's la luna dentro de mi
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Book Release for La luna dentro de mí/The Moon Within with Aida Salazar and Yamile Saeid Méndez

Thursday, June 4th, 2020 4:00pm PDT/7:00pm EDT on Zoom

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This will be a bilingual (English and Spanish) event.

Booklandia in partnership with the Oakland Public Library presents a reading and conversation of La luna dentro de mí (SCHOLASTIC EN ESPAÑOL), the Spanish version of Aida Salazar's middle-grade novel in prose, The Moon Within (ARTHUR LEVINE BOOKS). Hosted by Yamile Saeid Méndez, author of Where are You From?/¿De dónde eres? (HARPER COLLINS)  and the upcoming middle-novel, On These Magic Shores (TU BOOKS)

 Aida Salazar​ is an award-winning author and arts activist whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the middle grade verse novels, THE MOON WITHIN (International Latino Book Award Winner), THE LAND OF THE CRANES (Fall, 2020), and the bio picture book JOVITA WORE PANTS: THE STORY OF A REVOLUTIONARY FIGHTER (Spring, 2021). All by Scholastic. She is slated to co-edit with Yamile Saied Méndez, CALLING THE MOON: A middle grade anthology on menstruation by writers of color (Candlewick Press 2022). She is a founding member of Las Musas - a Latinx kidlit debut author collective. Her story, BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, was adapted into a ballet production by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. She lives with her family of artists in a teal house in Oakland, CA.

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine American author who loves meteor showers, summer, astrology, and pizza. She lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband and their five kids, two adorable dogs, and one majestic cat. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant and a New Visions Award Honor recipient, she's also a graduate of Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adult program. She's a founding member of Las Musas, a marketing collective of women and non-binary Latinx children's authors. Find her online at


_________________________________________________________________________ Spanish Launch of Laluna dentro de mi


Lanzamiento del libro La luna dentro de mí/The Moon Within con Aida Salazar y Yamile Saeid Méndez

Jueves 4 de junio de 2020 4:00pm PDT/7:00pm EDT en el Zoom

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Este será un evento bilingüe (inglés y español).

Booklandia y Oakland Public Library presentan una lectura y conversación de La luna dentro de mí (SCHOLASTIC EN ESPAÑOL), la versión en español de la novela en prosa de grado medio de Aida Salazar, La luna dentro de mí (ARTHUR LEVINE BOOKS). Conducido por Yamile Saeid Méndez, autora de el próximo libro para lectores jóvenes, On These Magic Shores (TU BOOKS).

Aida Salazar es una autora galardonada y activista de las artes cuyos escritos para adultos y niños exploran cuestiones de identidad y justicia social. Es la autora de las novelas en verso de libros para lectores jóvenes, LA LUNA DENTRO (Ganadora del Premio Internacional del Libro Latino), LA TIERRA DE LAS GRULLAS (Otoño, 2020), y el libro biográfico JOVITA WORE PANTS: LA HISTORIA DE UN COMBATE REVOLUCIONARIO (Primavera, 2021). Todo por Scholastic. Está programada para co-editar con Yamile Saied Méndez, LLAMANDO A LA LUNA: Una antología de para lectores jóvenes sobre la menstruación por escritoras de color (Candlewick Press 2022). Es miembra fundadora de Las Musas - una colectiva de autores debutantes de Latinx kidlit. Su historia, "A LA LUZ DE LA LUNA", fue adaptada en una producción de ballet por el Conservatorio de Danza de Sonoma y es el primer ballet de temática Xicana de la historia. Aida vive con su familia de artistas en una casa de color verde azulado en Oakland, California.

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez es un autora argentina-americana obsesionada con el fútbol. Ama las lluvias de meteoros, el verano, la astrología y la pizza. Vive en Utah con su marido puertorriqueño y sus cinco hijos, dos adorables perros y un majestuoso gato. Recibió la primera beca Walter Dean Myers y el Premio de Honor New Visions. También se graduó de Voces de Nuestras Naciones (VONA) y del programa de MFA en escritura para niños y jóvenes de la Facultad de Bellas Artes de Vermont. Es miembra fundadora de Las Musas, un colectivo de marketing de mujeres y autores infantiles no binarios de Latinx. Encuéntrela en línea en






Book Release for Equality Girls and the Purple-Reflecto-Ray with Aya de Leon

Thursday, June 11th, 2020 4:00pm PDT/7:00pm EDT on Zoom

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Join us for Aya de Leon's book launch!


Fourth-grader Daniela Santiago gets knocked out in a freak accident involving her dog, a laser and a wad of grape gum. She wakes up with a strange superpower! Now, when she sees girls being excluded or put down, she gets so mad that things get out of hand. Purple laser rays shoot from her eyes and mean boys get a taste of their own medicine. She gets mad once again hearing news reports that the president refused to sign the Gender Equality Bill. Can Daniela and her friends find a way to use her power for good? When the president comes to judge a tween beauty contest, they might just get their chance!

Aya de Leon teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books published her award-winning feminist heist series Justice Hustlers, including SIDE CHICK NATION (2019) which was the first novel published about the hurricane in Puerto Rico. In December 2020, Kensington will publish Aya's first spy novel, about FBI infiltration of an African American political organization. Aya's work has also appeared in Ebony, Guernica, Writers Digest, Essence, VICE, The Root, Ploughshares, and on Def Poetry, and she's a regular contributor to Mutha Magazine and Bitch Magazine,. Aya is at work on a picture book to help talk to children about racism, as well as a black/Latina spy girl series for teens called GOING DARK. She is an alumna of Cave Canem and VONA. Visit her online at, on Twitter at @AyadeLeon or on Facebook or Instagram at ayadeleonwrites.