University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Food! Glorious Food! A Celebration of Culture

Food is integral to cultural traditions and celebrations within families and communities. Saffron ice cream from Iran, octopus stew from Puerto Rico, fry bread from the Seminole tribal nation, and red stew from Nigeria are featured in four picture books.

Rashin Kheiriyeh

Rashin Kheiriyeh is an internationally recognized, award-winning illustrator/author, animator and painter. She has published more than 80 children's books in countries such as the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Spain, South Korea, China, Brazil, India and Iran....

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Kevin Noble Maillard

Kevin Noble Maillard is the debut author of the children's book, "Fry Bread." He is also a regular writer and former contributing editor to The New York Times with additional writings in The Atlantic, Essence and The Week....

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Oge Mora

Oge Mora graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. Her first picture book, "Thank You, Omu!," was a Caldecott Honor, a New York Times Notable Book and Editors' Choice and a Junior Library Guild selection....

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Eric Velasquez

Eric Velasquez's awards include the John Steptoe/Coretta Scott King Award for new talent, a Pura Belpré Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Carter G. Woodson Award. For Holiday House, he both wrote and illustrated "Looking for Bongo," and he illustrated "Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story" by Patricia C....

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Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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