Spanish is the language of my family

Let's read a book!

Children’s Fairyland presents Book Celebrations as an extension of its annual Book Festival, which honors local authors and illustrators. Since 2016, the event has given children the rare opportunity to meet book creators up close and personal to learn about the creative process, from idea to actuality. This new series celebrates recent book releases and promotes the love of literature all year long.

Next in our star-studded lineup is Bay Area award winning author Michael Genhart, PhD and with his beautiful recent release, "Spanish is the Language of my Family". Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California. He is the author of several picture books including: "Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways" (2016), "Peanut Butter & Jellyous" (2017), "Mac & Geeeez!" (2017), "Cake & I Scream!" (2017), "So Many Smarts!" (2017), "I See You" (2017), "Rainbow: A First Book of Pride" (2019), and "Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music" (2020) all from Magination Press, as well as "Love Is Love" (Little Pickle Press/Sourcebooks, 2018).

We’re thrilled to host the release party for her newest children’s book, "Spanish is the Language of my Family" in conjunction with our Latinx Hertitage Celebration event!

Bring the whole family to the on Saturday, September 30 at 11:30 a.m. to catch Michael Genhart, PhD reading his book and stay to have your copy of the book signed! From 11 to 3 p.m. there will be an arts and crafts project (while supplies last!) so make sure you arrive early!

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Previous Book Celebrations Authors and Illustrators.

Minnie Phan illustrator of The Yellow Áo Dài. 
Blurb about Minnie: Minnie Phan is a queer Vietnamese American illustrator, cartoonist, and writer born in Stockton, CA. Raised across the Bay Area, her work ranges from editorial illustrations to comics, animation, and picture books. When she's not illustrating, she teaches comics to youth in the Bay Area and advocates for safer streets for bicyclists. 

Aida Salazar author of Jovita Wore Pants
Aida Salazar is an award-winning author of several critically acclaimed books that explore issues of identity and social justice. Aida’s first picture book, In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color, is written in poems and features the illustrations of 13 artists, each of them a “first or second generation immigrant of color”. She has also written three books in verse for middle grade readers including The Moon Within, Land of the Cranes and, most recently, A Seed in the Sun. Aida is a founding member of Las Musas, a Latinx kidlit author collective. Her story, By the Light of the Moon, was adapted into a ballet and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. She works and lives right here in Oakland!


Ying Chang Compestine author of Little Red Riding Hood and the Dragon.
Ying is a multi-talented author of 20 books including fiction, children’s picture books, and cook books. She is the host of the popular TV cooking show New Ideas for Delicious Meals on Phoenix TV.