University of Arizona Campus  •  March 11 - 12, 2017  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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Michael Hale


Michael Hale is a creative guy.

He knows this because people have been telling him he was a creative guy his entire life.

They would say, “You’re a creative guy… you should do this project for us!” So he did.

He wrote, designed and illustrated advertising campaigns for print, radio and TV. He designed parade floats, museum exhibits, interactive learning displays, playgrounds, holiday light shows and was even the Creative Director at The Phoenix Zoo.

He did all sorts of creative things, won awards and got more projects that only a “Creative Guy” can do.

Then he realized something. Looking back at his work, all of the things that he was creating were all done for a specific audience… Children.

He then decided to put his “Creative Guy” skills to work on one of his favorite things in the whole world…Children’s Books.

That is what he does now. He illustrated his first Picture Book, “Up Up Up” in 2016. And plans to write and illustrate many more.

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Scheduled events:
Up Up Up with Phoebe Fox and Michael Hale
Enjoy a story read by an author and illustrator as Phoebe Fox and Michael Hale share their new book, Up, Up, Up.

Story Blanket Tent  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:15 am - 11:45 am
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Phoebe Fox, Michael Hale
Creating Books for Very Young Children
Author/illustrators of picture books for very young children will share their strategies for creating effective picture books that capture the attention and participation of young children

Education Room 333 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Phoebe Fox, Michael Hale, Jeremy Tankard, Emma J. Virján
Moderator: Michelle Parker-Rock
First Edition: Submitting a Manuscript to Book Competitions
One method of getting a book published is to submit a manuscript to a competition. An editor, author, and illustrator will share their experiences with a particular competition, First Edition, and provide tips for authors interested in pursuing this option for their own work.

Education Room 349 (Seats 46, 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: Phoebe Fox, Michael Hale, Michelle Parker-Rock
Moderator: Michelle Parker-Rock

Book:
Up Up Up
Children / Teens
First Edition Project Books
August 2016
ISBN 9780692727706
Hardcover, 32 pages

When Mouse, Frog, Duck, Snake, Dog, Chimp, Seal, Sheep, and Bear are invited to a birthday party on the 10th floor, the elevator seems to be the best way up, up, up. More/less

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Tucson Medical Center

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