Tucson Festival of Books

Donna Barba Higuera (she/her/hers)



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Donna Barba Higuera grew up in Central California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent her entire life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Now she weaves them to write picture books and novels. Higuera's first book, "Lupe Wong Won't Dance," won a Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and a Pura Belpré Honor. Her second novel, "The Last Cuentista," received the John Newbery Medal and the Pura Belpré Award. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wall Street Journal and TIME.

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Awards: Newbery Medal, Pura Belpré Award, SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, Sid Fleischman Award

Communities: Hispanic or Latinx, Mixed Race


Scheduled events:
World's Last Hope: Sci Fi Quests
Science fiction books project a future possible world, often a world of dystopia where things have gone very wrong for people and animals. Jonathan Case, Donna Barba Higuera and Scott Magoon use science to explore stories of climate change and what it means for people and animals.

College of Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jonathan Case, Scott Magoon, Donna Barba Higuera
Moderator: Kait DeMoney
Winning the Newbery: A Life-Changing Experience
Winning the Newbery award for the best written book of the year in the U.S. is a major life accomplishment--but what happens after winning the award? Lois Lowery, Katherine Applegate, Linda Sue Park and Donna Barba Higuera talk about why they think their book won the award and how the award has influenced their careers as creators of books for children. Their Newbery books include "Number the Stars," "The Giver," "The One and Only Ivan," "A Single Chard" and "The Last Cuentista."

College of Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Katherine Applegate, Lois Lowry, Donna Barba Higuera, Linda Sue Park
Moderator: Moanike'ala Kanae
Hands to Hold: The Journey of Building Community
Being able to hold the hands of family, peers and community members can make the difference in being able to move forward in challenging situations and tasks. Michelle Mohrweis and Donna Barba Higuera set their stories within classrooms, while Kelly Baptist and Janae Marks focus on neighborhood communities that make a difference in children's lives.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kelly J. Baptist, Janae Marks, Donna Barba Higuera, Michelle Mohrweis
Moderator: Kim Tomsic

Books:
The Last Cuentista
Children / Teens
Levine Querido
January 2021
ISBN 9781646140893
336 pages

Lupe Wong Won't Dance
Children / Teens
Levine Querido
June 2022
ISBN 9781646141609
tp, 272 pages