Firenze's Light

Author Appearances

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Author Jessica Collaço and Illustrator Simón Estrada will be signing books at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC on Sunday, April 22. Both titles will be available for purchase. Come join us for hula-hooping, bubble-blowing, craft-making and fun-having. Readers are encouraged to ask us any questions they might have about being an author or illustrator. Stay tuned to our Instagram page for specifics. See more information about the Festival here. We can't wait to see you there!!! 


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"Firenze's Light was reviewed by Los Angeles family blogger who said "it was well-received by my four-year-old daughter, who really enjoys it. She’s asked for it as her bedtime story several times, and also likes “reading” it on her own." Check out the review here, which includes a story-time reading by both Mother and Daughter! 

Children's Earth Day Festival Culver City




We had a great time meeting readers at Star Eco-Station's Children's Earth Day Festival on April 2. Shine Your Light Books teamed up with Little Tree Kid Co who makes earth-friendly vegan crayons. Author Jessica Collaço read "Firenze's Light", signed books and gave out "Firenze's Light" coloring sheets. Kids had a great time trying out Little Tree's vibrant crayons and enjoying the day's festivities. 

Author Appearances

Manhattan Beach Farmers Market Reading 11/17

Join Jessica at the Manhattan Beach Farmer's Market on Tuesday 11/17/15. Jessica will be at the {pages} a bookstore tent for 2 story times: 11:30 and 12:30. She will read "Firenze's Light", teach empowering songs, sign books and hand out coloring and craft pages focusing on the theme of gratitude. Behind Metlox Plaza-13th St and N. Morningside Dr. See you there!

Author Appearances

Author, studio unite on Small Business Saturday

Motherhood may be a full-time job, but that's not keeping some women from simultaneously raising kids and running their own businesses.

That fact was on full display this weekend in Lafayette with Small Business Saturday, an annual effort since 2010 to encourage holiday shopping at small, locally owned operations. More

Shine Your Light Books

Firenze's Light: Encouraging Compassion and Empathy

It all started when I became a mother to girls. I realized they could see me when I looked at my toosh in the mirror. I had already fought the demons of an eating disorder and wanted them to grow up knowing the cover of Cosmo wasn’t testament.  So, despite the fact that I was wearing pajamas at 4 pm and was covered in spit-up, I began affirming my strength, kindness, beauty and intelligence and teaching them to speak of themselves the same way. More