2:00 - 3:00
The Newbery Award-winning duo of Last Stop on Market Street returns to SFPL for a lively discussion about their new work with Sheryl Evans Davis, Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission. Written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson, Milo Imagines the World will be available in February 2021.
Book available for purchase from the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Signed bookplate by the author and illustrator plus Milo Imagines the World poster included.
“America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, a fact that disproportionately affects people of color,” said de la Peña. “This is the backdrop of our new collaboration, inspired by Christian’s own childhood. But Milo’s journey to visit his mom is about so much more than forced separation. It’s also about joy. And imagination. And curiosity. And the power of self-expression. It’s about the importance of being able to move beyond lazy stereotypes.”
“Milo’s story is my story,” said Robinson. “Like Milo, I grew up with an incarcerated parent. I rarely, if ever, saw stories that reflected this reality. As a child, I felt a lot of shame and embarrassment and thought it was something I had to keep secret. But many kids share this experience, and Matt and I want to send the message that they are not alone.”
Matt de la Peña is the Newbery Medal-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street. He is also the author of the award-winning picture books, Carmela Full of Wishes, A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis and Love, and seven critically acclaimed young adult novels. Matt teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country.
Christian Robinson has received a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street. He is the bestselling author and illustrator of the picture books Another, You Matter, and has illustrated many more, including Carmela Full of Wishes, the Gaston and Friends series, School’s First Day of School and The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade.