University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Strength and Courage: Affirming Identity

Many children struggle with identity, needing support to find and create their own pathways through life, particularly children whose lives have been marginalized by society. These author/illustrators will share their approaches to supporting children in developing strength and courage through picture-books. Their books include "Bravo: Poems about Amazing Hispanics," "Call Me Tree" and "All Around Us."

Adriana Garcia

Adriana M. Garcia illustrationed the children’s book “All Around Us” by Xelena Gonzalez. She has been invited to present and speak of her work at national conferences such as National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Roots and Remedies and el Mundo Zurdo....

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Maya Christina Gonzalez

Maya Christina Gonzalez is a fine artist, educator and illustrator of over 20 picture books, several of which she also wrote. She has written many award-winning books, including "My Colors, My World" for which she was awarded the Pura Belpre Award....

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Xelena González

Xelena González is the author of "All Around Us" (Cinco Puntos Press, 2017), a picture book that deftly depicts her Mestiza culture and roots on the Westside of San Antonio. Before moving to China to serve as an international school librarian, Xelena conducted community outreach for the San Antonio Public Library, specializing in early literacy programs....

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Rafael López

Rafael López is an internationally recognized children's book illustrator. He won the 2016 Pura Belpré Medal for his illustrations in "Drum Dream Girl" and the 2010 Pura Belpré medal for "Book Fiesta....

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Tucson Medical Center

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