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Family Art Backpacks to Encourage Family Stories

Family art backpacks go home with children to encourage families to use art materials to construct and tell their own stories. Each backpack focuses on a particular type of art engagement and includes several picture books and art materials.

Maria Acevedo

María V. Acevedo, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Early Childhood program at Texas A&M-San Antonio. María has worked with early childhood educators and pre-service teachers in understanding young children’s intercultural understanding through inquiry, global literature, and play....


Dorea Kleker

Dorea Kleker is a longtime elementary educator and instructor at the University of Arizona where she teaches courses in multicultural children’s literature and language and literacy development. She is passionate about using books to develop intercultural understanding and create more meaningful family-school partnerships....

Mika Phinney

Mika K. Phinney is an early childhood educator currently teaching in a two-way dual immersion kindergarten classroom at Holbrook Language Academy in Concord, CA. A strong background in arts and literacy has guided her classroom teaching as well as her work as a K-5 visual arts teacher, arts instructional support provider and literacy coach....

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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