3rd Annual Social Justice Children’s Book Holiday Fair, Oakland CA
Nearly two weeks ago, a “shelter in place” order went into effect here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Days later, a shelter in place order went into effect for the State of California, and a number of other states put shelter in place directives into effect. And now, we’re under national instructions to stay at home to prevent the spread of Covid-19, a.k.a. the Corona Virus.
It’s strange to think that only a few months ago things were so different. Here’s a flash back to December 8th, 2019, via some photos I took at the 3rd Annual Social Justice Children’s Book Holiday Fair in Oakland, California. — Before “social distancing” was a thing.
Janine Macbeth’s dream to create children’s books first took root in second grade. Since then, they have contributed to over a dozen picture books while at publishing companies, and as an independent publisher and freelance artist. Blood Orange Press is the alchemy of Janine’s passion for books, art, and racial justice. Janine identifies as a cis-gendered woman of color of Asian and Black heritage. They were born and raised in Oakland, California, where they're now raising their kids. Janine tries to use universal they/them pronouns to de-centralize he/she binaries that push diverse genders to the margins of society. (To learn more, check out Maya Christina Gonzalez's 5-part series on gender inclusion: http://www.mayagonzalez.com/blog/)
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