Tucson Festival of Books

Jeanne Gilliam Fain (she/her/hers)


Jeanne Gilliam Fain is a professor and Director of the Multilingual Learning Program in the College of Education at Lipscomb University. Her scholarship agenda includes a focus on Literacy, Literature, and Language Study in K-12 classrooms. She writes grants for school/university partnerships. She conducts research on critical conversations around global texts with multilingual learners and their families in local school partnerships. She served as past chair for two years (2020/2021 & 2019/2020) of the Notable in Children's Language Arts Award and she was recently selected to serve as a cochair for the Notable Books for a Global Society for the next three years. She is a literacy consultant and board member for the nonprofit, Youth Encouragement Services. She recently was the recipient of Bonnie Campbell Hill Literacy Leader Award and the 2021 Dean's Award for her exceptional service through outstanding teaching, scholarship and service in the College of Education at Lipscomb University. She teaches literacy, global literature, language acquisition, culture and community and research courses.


Scheduled events:
Outstanding New Global Picturebooks
Immerse yourself in outstanding new multicultural and global picture books. The presenters will briefly overview the books and provide time to browse the books and discuss them through three lenses--reading, evaluative and instructional.

Education Room 308 (Seats 40, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jeanne Gilliam Fain, Julia Lopez-Robertson, Ruth McKoy Lowery
Moderator: Virginia Migliazza
Making Connections: What Matters Most
Making connections with someone who matters in your life gives purpose and meaning to children's lives, despite the difficulties that come with changing relationships, whether those relationships are with the peers who share classroom space, a close friend, a beloved grandmother or someone to whom we owe an apology.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Molly Idle, David LaRochelle, Juana Martinez-Neal, Andrea Wang
Moderator: Jeanne Gilliam Fain