Tucson Festival of Books

Tami Charles (she/her/hers)


Tami Charles is the New York Times bestselling author of "All Because You Matter," and numerous books for children and young adults. Her middle grade debut, "Like Vanessa," earned Top 10 spots on the Indies Introduce and Spring Kids' Next lists, three starred reviews, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her latest titles include YA novel-in-verse, "Muted," which was a Buzzfeed Top 40 pick for 2021, and the follow up to "All Because You Matter," "We Are Here." Tami has been featured on Good Morning America, Good Day Philadelphia, The Morning Blend, and in Entertainment Weekly. When Charles isn't writing, she can be found presenting at schools both stateside and abroad. 

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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
Tami Charles Shares We Are Here
Enjoy a story read aloud by an author as Tami Charles shares her new book, "We Are Here."

Story Blanket Tent (Seats 12)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm
Children / Teens

Panelist: Tami Charles
Moderator: Stephanie McAndrews
Writing a Picturebook: It's Not Easy
Authors of picture books share their experiences and identify the issues and strategies involved in writing the text for a picture book. Although picture books have a small number of words, writing brief but effective text can be difficult.

Education Room 333 (Seats 44, Wheelchair accessible)  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: Tami Charles, Cynthia Harmony, David LaRochelle, Michelle Nott
Moderator: Judi Moreillon
Lies, Secrets, and Deception
In these YA novels, teens deal with lies and secrets in their communities and families as they uncover betrayal. Sometimes they are the deceiver and other times they are deceived. Tami Charles focuses on abuse within the music industry, while E. Lockhart uncovers family secrets and betrayals and Cat Winter explores the line between truth and fiction in two sister's lives.

Teen & Author Stage (Seats 105)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tami Charles, E. Lockhart, Cat Winters
Moderator: Katherine Pew

Books:
We Are Here
Children / Teens
Scholastic, Incorporated
January 2023
ISBN 9781338752045
40 pages

All Because You Matter
Children / Teens
Scholastic, Incorporated
January 2020
ISBN 9781338574852
40 pages