Visit to Pan American Bank

September 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Children's books, Cultural Diversity | 2 Comments

Join me at Pan American Bank  on September 11, 2010!

On Saturday, September 11, 2010, at 12:00 pm, I will visit Pan American Bank at their main office at 3626 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA  90063 to read my award winning books, The Wooden Bowl/El Bol de Madera, Lucas and His Loco Beans, and Freaky Foods From Around the World/Platillos Sorprendentes de Todo El Mundo.

First 10 children there will win autographed copies of The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera, winner of 2010 Parenting Publications Honor Award, 2010 International Latino Book Award, 2010 International Book Award Finalist for Best Parenting/Family and Children’s Picture Book categories.

Great for children Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade.

Everyone is invited.



East Los Angeles, CA – Pan American Bank (Los Angeles) ( today announced that it will host a nine week-long children’s program that will feature prominent Latino children’s book authors. The reading program called The Children’s Reading Hour, will take place on Saturdays beginning September 11, 2010. The Children’s Reading Hour is a joint effort between Pan American Bank and actor Edward James Olmos’ Latino Literacy Now! nonprofit organization and its Latino Book & Family Festival. The first 10 children to show up each Saturday will receive an autographed book.

“We are thrilled that the authors will join us in supporting our community’s youth. Reading to children is the best way to encourage literacy and life-long learning. It is also an incredible way to teach important lessons,” said Pan American Bank CEO Jesse Torres. “These Latino authors are not only incredible Latino writers – they are incredible authors, period!”

The Children’s Reading Hour Schedule:

Saturday, September 11, 2010 – Ramona Moreno Winner (Preschool – 6th Grade)
Saturday, September 18, 2010 – David Bueno-Hill (7th – 12th Grade)
Saturday, September 25, 2010 – Amada Irma Perez (Preschool – 6th Grade)
Saturday, October 2, 2010 – Joe Cepeda (Preschool – 6th Grade)
Saturday, October 9, 2010 – NO READING EVENT
Saturday, October 16, 2010 – Rene Colato Lainez (Preschool – 6th Grade)
Saturday, October 23, 2010 – Reyna Grande (7th – 12th Grade)
Saturday, October 30, 2010 – Jamie Martinez-Wood (7th – 12th Grade)
Saturday, November 6, 2010 – Laura Lacamara (Preschool – 6th Grade)

WHAT: The Children’s Reading Hour
Free admission.
No RSVP required.

WHEN: Each Saturday from September 11, 2010 through November 6, 2010
12:00 pm
No reading on Saturday, October 9, 2010.

WHERE: Pan American Bank
3626 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90063

WHO: Pan American Bank
Edward James Olmos’ Latino Literacy Now!
Latino Book & Family Festival

The Latino Book & Family Festival was launched in 1997 in Los Angeles to promote literacy, culture and education and to provide people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the multicultural communities in the United States in a festival atmosphere. Today, the Latino Book & Family Festival is hosted in several major Latino markets across the U.S. including Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles. Future expansion plans will take the Festival to New York City, Miami, the San Francisco Bay Area and many other major Latino markets. Edward James Olmos, actor and community activist, is the co-producer of Latino Book & Family Festival.

Established in 1964, Pan American Bank ( is California’s oldest Latino-owned bank. Headquartered in East Los Angeles, Pan American Bank serves the needs of the Latino communities in Los Angeles and Santa Ana. Founded by former U.S. Treasurer Romana Acosta Banuelos, the Bank has stayed true to its mission of transforming and empowering Latino communities through banking relationships built on trust, service, respect, communication, and guidance. Pan American Bank’s Facebook page can be found at The Bank’s blog is found at Pan American Bank can be followed on Twitter as @PanAmericanBank.



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  1. We look forward to having you join us on September 11th!

    The kids will LOVE IT!

    More info on the event here:!/event.php?eid=145210762182911&ref=mf

    See you then.

    Jesse Torres
    President and CEO
    Pan American Bank
    Los Angeles, CA 90063

  2. What a great series! We hope to do it again in the spring.

    Jesse Torres
    President and CEO
    Pan American Bank
    “California’s Oldest Latino-Owned Bank”

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