Tucson Festival of Books

Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard (she/her/hers)


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Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard is a well-established Danish illustrator. She trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Design and Akademia Sztuk Pieknich in Poland. She has illustrated many books and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Danish Ministry of Culture Illustrator Award. "Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost," her first book to be published in the United States, received many glowing reviews and was a 2022 finalist for the prestigious Kirkus Prize in the Young Readers category, as well as a 2022 Batchelder Honor book. Her new book is "Out of the Blue." She lives with her family on Bornholm, a small island in the Baltic Sea.

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Awards: The Danish Ministry of Culture's Illustrator Award


Scheduled events:
Rebecca and Anna Share "Out of the Blue"
Listen to the author and illustrator of "Out of the Blue" as Rebecca Bach-Lauritsen and Anna Margrethe Kjaergaard share their new book.

Story Blanket Tent (Seats 12)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:45 am - 11:15 am
Children

Panelists: Rebecca Bach-Lauritsen, Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard
Moderator: Sherry Small
Animal Surprise: An Art Workshop for Ages 6+
Write and draw your own story about an animal unexpectedly showing up in your home in the middle of an ordinary day. What animal would you choose as a surprise guest? How would your life change with this new animal friend? This workshop is inspired by Rebecca and Anna's new picturebook, "Out of the Blue."

Education Room 349 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Rebecca Bach-Lauritsen, Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard
Moderator: Jeanie Colaianni
Changing Perspective/Opening Possibility
Picturebooks use images and words to shift perspective in ways that open new possibilities in the lives of characters. These award-winning author/illustrators portray changing perspectives include self-acceptance, openness to new experiences, and differing viewpoints of the same experience.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Rebecca Bach-Lauritsen, Vashti Harrison, Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard, Brendan Wenzel
Moderator: Kim Tomsic
Illustrator Studio: Experimenting with Style and Technique
Anna Margrethe Kjaergaard is a Danish illustrator who uses different styles and techniques in her books, including watercolor, pastels, and gouache. She will show the creation of the illustrations for "Out of the Blue" from sketch to finishing drawings and do a demonstration of gouache painting.

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard
Moderator: Ray Martens
On Your Mark, Get Set, Draw: Illustrator Draw-Off
Join Adam Rex for a fun draw-off as illustrators compete to create quick drawings based on suggestions from Adam and the audience.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Cepeda, Lian Cho, Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard, LeUyen Pham, Brendan Wenzel, Gene Luen Yang
Moderator: Adam Rex

Books:
Out of the Blue
Children
Enchanted Lion Books, LLC
March 2024
ISBN 9781592704019
92 pages
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Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost
Children
Enchanted Lion Books, LLC
January 2021
ISBN 9781592703739
44 pages