Tucson Festival of Books

Emma Bland Smith (she/her/hers)


Emma Bland Smith is a public librarian and the author of many books for children. She writes mostly nonfiction picture books and her latest include "Mr. McCloskey's Marvelous Mallards: The Making of Make Way for Ducklings," "How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower" and "The Gardener of Alcatraz." Smith lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two teenagers. Although she has written about wolves, alligators and rambunctious ducklings, her only pets are a rather tame--but still marvelous--dog and cat.

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Awards: Cook Prize, Sigurd Olsen Nature Writing Award, Towner Award


Scheduled events:
A Celebration of Make Way for Ducklings
Join a celebration of Robert McCloskey and his classic picture book "Make Way for Ducklings." Emma Bland Smith gives a behind-the-scenes look at how McCloskey worked to get the illustrations right for the book. The session also involves an exploration of the relevancy of this book for today's children and a look at other McCloskey picture books.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Emma Bland Smith
Moderator: Marilyn Carpenter
Behind the Scenes: What's the Deal with Back Matter?
Many new fiction and nonfiction children's books include extensive back matter that include explanations about the content, descriptions of research and illustrating processes, maps, charts, sources and epilogues. This trend has the potential to deepen and extend a reader's experience and helps readers explore the interpretive act of writing even in a nonfiction text.

Education Room 333 (Seats 44, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Alice Faye Duncan, Cat Winters, Emma Bland Smith
Moderator: Lisa Morris-Wilkey
Unearthing the Past: Researching the Hard to Find
Research plays a critical role in biographies, but when the information is difficult to locate, authors have a more difficult task in order to construct an engaging factual story about that person's life. Three authors will share their process of research and their struggles to unearth the past as well how these strategies might be used in classrooms to engage students in research.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Lisa Gerin, Cat Winters, Emma Bland Smith
Moderator: Jose Arizpe

Books:
Mr. McCloskey's Marvelous Mallards
The Making of Make Way for Ducklings
Children / Teens
Astra Publishing House
November 2022
ISBN 9781635923926
40 pages

How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower
Children / Teens
Capstone
January 2022
ISBN 9781684464784
32 pages