Tucson Festival of Books

Vashti Harrison (she/her/hers)



Noam Galai

Vashti Harrison is the #1 New York Times best-selling creator of "Little Leaders," "Little Dreamers" and "Little Legends" and National Book Award Finalist "Big." She is the illustrator of Andrea Beaty's "I Love You Like Yellow," Matthew Cherry's "Hair Love" and Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic's "Hello, Star," among others. She received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for Lupita Nyong'o's "Sulwe" and is also a two-time recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in studio art and media studies from the University of Virginia and her Master of Fine Arts in film and video from the California Institute of the Arts, where she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Harrison lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Awards: National Book Award Finalist, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children (two-time recipient)

Communities: African American, Mixed Race


Scheduled events:
Illustrator Studio: The Use of Color and Perspective
Vashti Harrison will demonstrate her techniques for using color and perspective in her picturebook, "Big," a National Book Award Finalist. Vashti is the author/illustrator of the Little Legends books and illustrator of "Sulwe," "Hair Love," and "Festival of Colors."

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Vashti Harrison
Moderators: Ray Martens, Cynnamon Woodberry
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
2023 National Book Awards
The National Book Awards return to the Tucson Festival of Books with finalists Aaliyah Bilal, Vashti Harrison and Hanna Pylvaïnen. They will discuss the specificity required to write universal stories for readers of all ages, and the power of exceptional storytelling to make the unfamiliar feel known. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
National Book Awards
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Lower Level (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Aaliyah Bilal, Vashti Harrison, Hanna Pylväinen
Moderator: Ruth Dickey
A Visit with Vashti Harrison for Friends and Family
Friends of the Festival Family Tent (Seats 25)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Panelist: Vashti Harrison

Books:
Big
Children
Little, Brown
May 2023
ISBN 9780316353229
60 pages
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Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History
Children
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
November 2019
ISBN 9780316475143
96 pages