Tucson Festival of Books

Daniel Vandever (he/him/his)



Keanu Jones

Daniel Vandever (Diné) is an award-winning author and entrepreneur from Haystack, N.M. He is the CEO of South of Sunrise Creative, a strategic communications firm that helps advance education initiatives through community-based solutions. Vandever is a product of Small Wonders Day Care where his experiences as a Ninja Turtle helped shape the creativity behind his debut picture book, "Fall in Line, Holden!," a 2018 Honor Book for the American Indian Youth Literature Award. His follow up picture book, "Herizon," was self-published and was recognized as the Best Picture Book of 2022 by the American Indian Library Association. Vandever received his undergraduate degree in Strategic Communications from the University of Missouri and a Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. Vandever is the grandson of the late Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr., USMC and Bessie D. Vandever.

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Awards: 2022 American Indian Youth Literature Award - Best Picture Book (Herizon), 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award - Honor Book (Fall in Line, Holden!)

Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan, Indigenous or Native American, Mixed Race


Scheduled events:
We Matter: Valuing the Lives of Diverse Children
Too often in our society, children with brown and black skin face discrimination and injustice. These books challenge societal norms by celebrating the value of the lives of biracial, Black and Indigenous children who stand up and assert their right to make their own way in the world.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Monica Brown, Tami Charles, Daniel Vandever
Moderator: Julia Lopez-Robertson
Indie Authors - Children's Books
Indie Authors - Children's Books (Seats 6)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Panelists: R. J. Doolittle, Danielle Fradette, Yolanda Pigatt, Barbara Tibbetts, Daniel Vandever, Suzanne Williams
Claiming Voice: Indigenous Stories by Indigenous Authors
One exciting new trend are books featuring Indigenous characters created by Indigenous authors and illustrators. Three Indigenous authors who write different genres for different audiences will talk about this movement to provide Native stories by Native voices -- both why it matters and their views on the trends in the books being published.

Education Room 333 (Seats 44, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dawn Quigley, Ari Tison, Daniel Vandever
Moderator: LaCher Pacheco
Visual Narratives: Creating Voice in a Wordless Book
Visual narratives use only visual images to powerfully tell a story. The voice in these books is found in the visual images rather than in words. In this session, three creators of wordless books, who range from a Caldecott winner to first-time creators, share their strategies for creating a strong voice for characters through visual images.

Education Room 333 (Seats 44, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Matthew Cordell, Daniel Vandever, Balint Zsako
Moderator: Magdalena Castillo-Cockrum

Books:
Herizon
Children / Teens
South of Sunrise Creative
August 2021
ISBN 9781737496403

"Fall in Line, Holden!"
Children / Teens
Salina Bookshelf, Incorporated
July 2017
ISBN 9781893354500
32 pages