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May 2024 - Immedium

1. News
2. Review
3. Events


A. May = Asian heritage month
In May, we celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

In 1979 US President Jimmy Carter established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. Nearly 50 years later, President Joe Biden's White House honored these "communities, whose ingenuity, grit, and perseverance have pushed our great American experiment forward."

Immedium is dedicated to publishing multicultural stories:
  • 50%+ of our books feature AAPI characters.
  • 50%+ are bilingual.

  • Join us at many events in the San Francisco Bay Area, such as:
  • 5/11: Year of the Dragon storytime: North Berkeley Library at 10:30 am
  • 5/11-12: Children's Fairyland, Oakland - storytimes both days at 1:30 & 2:30 pm
  • 5/19: AAPI Author's Day at the San Mateo Public Library (noon - 4:15 pm)
  • 5/23: Palo Alto Library, 1246 Harriet Street (Dragon, 11 am) and Mitchell Park (Anime & Manga, 4 pm)

  • See our lineup of AAPI books.

    B. David Derrick directs Moana 2
    David Derrick Jr. created 4 of our fun storybooks. Dave was a story artist on Disney's 2016 film Moana, which earned two Academy Awards nominations. In 2020, he became the director of the upcoming Moana TV series on Disney+.

    CEO Bob Iger said, "We were impressed by what we saw, and knew it deserved a theatrical release." In February, Disney announced that Dave's project has become the film Moana 2, which will debut in theaters on November 27th.

    Voice actor of the hero Maui, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at CinemaCon (Las Vegas, April 2024) told the crowd to expect "an all new crew, all new setting and, of course, new songs - you're welcome." In 2023, Moana was the most streamed movie of in America with 1 billion hours streamed on Disney+.

    Enjoy Dave's rousing animal adventures that families love:
  • Sid the Squid
  • Animal's Don't, So I Won't!
  • I'm the Scariest Thing in the Jungle!
  • Play with Your Food

  • C. Reading in Los Angeles
    During the last week of May, author Oliver Chin shares storytimes throughout Southern California.

    Partnering with the Glendale Assistance League, he will present The Discovery of Chess at Columbus elementary school.

    Then he'll share The Discovery of Ramen + Anime & Manga at two branches of the Glendale Public Library.

    Meanwhile, he'll visit libraries in Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles. Then he'll talk with students at Grandview Elementary in Manhattan Beach. See you there!

    2. REVIEWS

    Sora and the Cloud

    by Felicia Hoshino

    "Sepia-tinted images set the tone for this warm and inviting bilingual fantasy from Hoshino.... A line-by-line Japanese translation (but no transliteration) allows parents of both cultures to offer read-alouds, while end notes define Japanese expressions and explain cultural elements."
    - Publishers Weekly

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    Awesome Asian Americans

    by Phil Amara and Oliver Chin
    illustrated by Juan Calle

    "The engaging profiles provide deft historical context and are enhanced by bright, comic-book style illustrations. The text discusses the personal and professional challenges these individuals endured, including prejudice and racism."
    - School Library Journal

    3. EVENTS


  • 5/2: Discovery of Ramen: Fairfield Cordelia Library - Solano County, CA, 10 am
  • 5/2: Family storytime: Dixon Library - Solano County, CA, 2 pm
  • 5/3: Year of the Dragon: Roseland Library, Santa Rosa, CA, 10 am
  • 5/5: Children's Fairyland - storytime, Oakland, CA, 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm
  • 5/7: Town School, San Francisco, CA, 12:55 pm
  • 5/8: The Year of the Dragon: Los Altos Library, Los Altos, CA, 4 pm.
  • 5/11: Year of the Dragon: North Berkeley Library, Berkeley, CA, 10:30 am
  • 5/11-12: Children's Fairyland - storytimes, Oakland, CA, 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm
  • 5/14: Manga drawing class: Morgan Hill Library, CA, 4 pm
  • 5/17: Writers Lunch (virtual): Mechanics Institute, San Francisco, CA, noon
  • 5/18: Year of the Dragon: Northwest Library, Santa Rosa, CA, 11 am
  • 5/19: AAPI presentation: San Mateo Public Library, CA
  • 5/23: Year of the Dragon: Children's Library, 1246 Harriet Street, Palo Alto, CA, 11 am
  • 5/23: Discovery of Anime & Manga, Mitchell Park Library, Palo Alto, CA, 4 pm
  • 5/28: Columbus Elementary, 425 W Milford St., Glendale, CA 91203
  • 5/29: Discovery of Ramen, Glendale Public Library, Glendale, CA: 4:30 pm
  • 5/30: LAPL - West Valley branch, Reseda, 10:30 am
  • 5/30: Julie Black Belt, Stevenson Ranch Public Library, 25950 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381: 4 pm
  • 5/31: Glendale Public Library, Grandview Branch, 1535 Fifth Street, Glendale, CA: 4 pm


  • 6/8: The Discovery of Chess: West Portal public library, San Francisco, CA, 11 am
  • 6/8: Manga drawing class: Milpitas Library, CA, 2 pm

  • Keep reading!

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    Immedium, Inc. inspires a world of imagination, and creates entertaining books that have multi-dimensional appeal. Based in San Francisco, CA, Immedium sits on the Pacific Rim, a vibrant intersection for crossover cultural trends from Asia and America. Embracing an increasingly diverse and "multimedia" world, Immedium publishes titles ranging from eye-catching children's books and contemporary non-fiction to commentaries on art and popular culture. Visit us at www.immedium.com

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