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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)
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Christian Robinson



Anastasiia Sapon

Christian Robinson likes to tell stories with pictures, making a living as an illustrator and animator in San Francisco. He’s worked with Pixar Animation Studios and the Sesame Street Workshop, and has illustrated a number of award-winning picture books. He is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Peña (Putnam, 2015), which also won the 2016 Newbery Medal. "Leo: A Ghost Story," illustrated by Robinson and written by Mac Barnett (Chronicle, 2015), was named a 2015 New York Times Best-Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. His "Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker," written by Patricia Hruby Powell (Chronicle, 2014) received numerous awards and accolades including a Sibert Informational Book Award Honor and a Coretta Scott King Award Illustration Honor.

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Scheduled events:
Creative Arts Teen Summit - CATS Fiesta Friday - Author Continental Breakfast
Join us in advance of the program for coffee, juice and pastries.

BookStore (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Fri, Mar 10, 8:00 am - 8:45 am
Children / Teens

Panelists: Chris Britt, Jeff Garvin, Kathleen Glasgow, Ellen Hopkins, Shaun David Hutchinson, LeUyen Pham, Adam Rex, Christian Robinson
Creative Arts Teen Summit - CATS Fiesta Friday - Opening panel
A panel will share their journey of becoming an author or illustrator.

Student Union Gallagher Theatre (Seats 300)
Fri, Mar 10, 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Children / Teens

Panelists: Kathleen Glasgow, Ellen Hopkins, Christian Robinson
Illustrating Workshop - Creative Arts Teen Summit - CATS Fiesta Friday
A workshop on illustration for teens

Student Union Agave (Seats 50)
Fri, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Children / Teens

Panelist: Christian Robinson
Illustrating Workshop - Creative Arts Teen Summit - CATS Fiesta Friday
A workshop on illustration for teens

Student Union Agave (Seats 50)
Fri, Mar 10, 11:00 am - 11:50 am
Children / Teens

Panelist: Christian Robinson
Creative Arts Teen Summit - CATS Fiesta Friday - Autographing Session
Student Union BookStore (lower level)  View this venue on the Festival map
Fri, Mar 10, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Children / Teens

Panelists: Chris Britt, Jeff Garvin, Kathleen Glasgow, Ellen Hopkins, Shaun David Hutchinson, LeUyen Pham, Adam Rex, Christian Robinson
Illustrator Studio: Art of the Picture Book Jacket
Christian Robinson has received many awards and recognition for his illustrations and use of collage. This studio will focus on his decision making process in creating book jackets where a single image must effectively communicate a story.

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Christian Robinson
Moderator: Ray Martens
The Writer/Illustrator Connection: It Takes Two
Three pairs of award-winning authors and illustrators will talk about the different ways in which they work together as well as separately on a picture book. They will explore their roles and the reasons for why each pair chose to work in a different way within specific books.

Education Kiva (Seats 300)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kelly DiPucchio, Michelle Knudsen, LeUyen Pham, Matt Phelan, Adam Rex, Christian Robinson
Moderator: Cyndi Giorgis
A Matter of Choice: Illustrators' Views on the Need for Diverse Books
Three award-winning illustrators will reflect on the differing choices they make as illustrators in relation to cultural diversity in books. They will also share their perspectives on the need for diverse books in the lives of young children.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Yuyi Morales, Christian Robinson, Dan Santat
Moderator: Tammye Gregoire
On Your Mark, Get Set, Draw: Illustrator Draw-Off
This interactive session is a competition between illustrators to complete a drawing that incorporates suggestions from the audience. The session will end with a panel on the role of sketching and creativity in their books.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Chris Britt, Christian Robinson, Jeremy Tankard, Emma J. Virján
Moderator: Adam Rex

Books:
Antoinette
Children / Teens
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon and Schuster
February 2017
ISBN 9781481457835
Hardcover
$17.99, INSTORE
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"Raised in a family of talented bulldogs, Antoinette the poodle wonders what makes her special. More/less

Little Penguins
Children / Teens
Schwartz & Wade, Random House
October 2016
ISBN 9780553507706
Hardcover, 40 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Rylant and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Christian Robinson pair up to tell this wintry story about five little penguins enjoying a snowy day. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
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Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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