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February 2017 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Ray flies to Southern California
This week Ray wings it to LA to visits schools, libraries, and stores.

Author Oliver Chin celebrates Chinese New Year by reading The Year of the Rooster throughout Southern California. This is the 12th and final adventure in our annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.

Come to the Huntington Library this weekend, or venues like Children's Book World (West LA) and Kidspace Children's Museum (Pasadena) next Saturday.

Later this month, Oliver will autograph at 3 Costcos in the San Francisco area.

B. February promo: take a selfie with Ray at Barnes & Noble
Take a photo of yourself (or a loved one) holding The Year of the Rooster in Barnes & Noble's children's section.

Then email it to us!

We'll mail you a special prize!

Remember: add your mailing address to your email to bnpromo@immedium.com.

C. David Derrick draws Disney's Moana
David Derrick, author of our fun and energetic storybooks:
- Sid the Squid
- Animals Don't, So I Won't!
- I'm the Scariest Thing in the Jungle!
- Play with your Food
is an animator at Disney who worked on the popular film Moana.

Read (and view) his interviewed about his personal and professional contributions to the movie:
- YouTube
- Deseret News
- Slash Film
- Cinelinx


The Octonauts

"The Octonauts: The Book is Better Than the Movie!
Octonauts is one of the most popular shows on children's television, but did you know that it's based on a beautiful series of books? ... we've spent a lot of time with these stories. I think you're bound to love them as much as we do.... The illustrations are gorgeous and detailed, with so many clever little touches. It usually takes us some time to get through each book because we keep noticing new things to look at on each page. There are visual jokes that the kids will love, as well as some that will be appreciated by sharp-eyed parents."
- Artsplorers

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The Story of Chopsticks
by Ying Chang Compestine

"While it blends fact with fiction, the story is relatable for any child who goes hungry for any reason. I like how the author tells kids about the hierarchy of early China, with village leaders answering to the emperor. The book also goes into proper table manners including who eats first in a multigenerational family. The cut paper illustrations look like mosaics one might find in a church windowpane. They definitely resemble traditional Chinese art of long ago. I really like this series. It involves the history of Chinese inventions that are now used the world over without much thought as to where they originated. The series has books on paper, kites, noodles, and chopsticks. The series, Amazing Chinese Inventions, is bilingual English and simplified Chinese, perfect for kids learning either language."
- Kid Lit Reviews



  • 2/1: YoRooster: Atherton Library, Atherton, CA, 4 pm
  • 2/1: YoRooster: Foster City Library, Foster City, CA, 7 pm
  • 2/2: YoRooster: Little Hugs Preschool, Daly City, CA, 10:30 am
  • 2/4: Jennifer Wood: Tales from Chinese Zodiac: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. 10:30 am
  • 2/4: YoRooster: San Francisco Symphony, 3 pm
  • 2/5: Oliver Chin: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 10:30 am
  • 2/6: Oliver Chin: Carver Elementary School, San Marino, CA, 12:45 pm
  • 2/6: Oliver Chin: LAPL - Lincoln Heights branch, CA, 9:30 am
  • 2/7: Oliver Chin: St. James & St. Andrews School, LA, CA, 1:30 pm
  • 2/7: Oliver Chin: Solano Elementary School, LA, CA, 10 am
  • 2/8: Oliver Chin: Muir Elementary School, Glendale, CA
  • 2/9: Oliver Chin: Bergeson Elementary, Laguna Niguel, CA, 9:30 am
  • 2/10: Oliver Chin: Washington Elementary School, 300 N. San Marino Ave, San Gabriel, CA, 9 am
  • 2/11: Oliver Chin: Children's Book World, Los Angeles, CA, 10:30 am
  • 2/11: Oliver Chin: Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena, CA, 1:30 pm
  • 2/12: YoRooster: Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
  • 2/15: YoRooster: East Palo Alto Library, CA, 2:30 pm
  • 2/16: YORooster: Larkspur Public Library, 4 pm
  • 2/17: YORooster: Rooftop Elementary School, San Francisco, CA, 8 am
  • 2/17: Oliver Chin: Stratford School - after school book club, 220 Kensignton Way, Los Gatos, CA, 3 pm
  • 2/18: YoRooster: Belmont Library, Belmont, CA, 10:30 am
  • 2/18: YoRooster: RECA, Santa Rosa, CA, 5 pm
  • 2/19: Oliver Chin: YORooster: Costco, 450 10th Street, San Francisco, CA, 12 noon
  • 2/21: Oliver Chin: Berkeley Chinese Church, 2177 Acton, Berkeley, CA, 11 am.
  • 2/22: Oliver Chin: YORooster: Costco, 451 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA, 12 noon
  • 2/23 YORooster: Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546, 11 am
  • 2/23: YoRooster: San Jose Public Library - Calabazas Branch, San Jose, CA, 4 pm
  • 2/24: Oliver Chin: Stratford School, 301 De Montfort Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 3:30 pm
  • 2/25: Oliver Chin: YORooster: Costco, 1600 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA, 12 noon


  • 3/11: Oliver Chin: Everett Middle School - "literary arts program, San Francisco, CA, 10:15 am
  • 3/17: YORooster: Stratford School, Pleasanton, CA, 10 am
  • 3/18: Oliver Chin: Everett Middle School - "literary arts program, San Francisco, CA, 10:15 am
  • 3/20: YORooster: Stratford School - Winchester, 400 N Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA, 9:30 am
  • 3/25: YORooster: San Carlos Library, San Carlos, CA, 10:30 am
  • 3/27: YORooster: Murdock Portal Elementary, 1188 Wunderlich Drive, San Jose, Ca, 12:50 pm

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