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

Take Action, Make a Difference

Books provide children with examples of the many ways in which people can take action to make a difference in the world. Four authors, whose books range from biography to fiction and picture books to chapter books, discuss books as invitations for children to take action and commit to social justice.

Maribeth Boelts

Maribeth Boelts is the author of many books for young readers, including "Happy Like Soccer," illustrated by Lauren Castillo, "Those Shoes" and "A Bike Like Sergio's," both illustrated by Noah Z. Jones....

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Shawn Harris

Shawn Harris’s first illustrated book, "Her Right Foot" by Dave Eggers, received seven starred reviews, was an Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book, an American Library Association Notable, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year....

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Theresa Howell

Theresa Howell is the co-author of "Leading the Way: Women in Power" with Virginia State Senator Janet Howell. She is also the co-author of the award-winning "Maybe Something Beautiful" with F. Isabel Campoy and illustrated by Rafael López, as well as the author of the picture book series Scout Moore, Junior Ranger....

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John Parra

John Parra is an award-winning illustrator of books for young readers, including "Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos" by Monica Brown, named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book, and "Marvelous Cornelius" by Phil Bildner, which won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Golden Kite for Picture Book Illustration....

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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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