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)

The Art of Picture Book Design: Why Design Matters for Meaning

A powerful picture book is much more than text and illustrations. The design of the book involves many decisions about size, shape, placement, interactive elements, typeface, front matter and back matter. This panel of author/illustrators will talk about the innovative designs for their books, focusing on the types of decisions and why these design elements are essential to meaning-making for a book.

Chris Gall

Chris Gall is an award-winning, internationally recognized illustrator. In 2004, his first picture book, "America the Beautiful," became a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year and his career in children’s publishing began....

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Carter Higgins

Carter Higgins is a librarian at an independent school in Los Angeles. She is the author of "A Rambler Steals Home" and two forthcoming picture books from Chronicle Books, "This is Not a Valentine" and "Everything You Need For a Treehouse....

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Molly Idle

Molly Idle was awarded a Caldecott Honor for "Flora and the Flamingo." She is the creator of Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks and the Rex series, which includes "Tea Rex," "Camp Rex" and "Sea Rex....

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Bob Staake

Bob Staake has authored and/or illustrated over 70 books, including "Bluebird," which received three starred reviews, "My Pet Book," "The Donut Chef" and "Look! a Book!" The New York Times named Staake's "The Red Lemon" one of the ten best-illustrated books of the year....

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Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company

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