A Virtual Festival Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7, 2021

Dreaming Big and Working Hard: Celebrations of Latin America

Celebrate the people of Latin America through three new books about an indigenous family in a Peruvian rainforest, the first indigenous archaeologist in Peru and a glimpse into lives of Latinitas throughout the Americás.

Monica Brown

Monica Brown is a Spanish and English-language author of biographies and picture books. Her work includes the Lola Levine chapter book series and picturebooks like "Waiting for the Biblioburro" and "Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People....

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Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal is an illustrator of books for children, including the Pura Belpré Award winner "La Princesa and the Pea." She made her authorial debut in 2018 with "Alma and How She Got Her Name," awarded the Caldecott Honor....

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Juliet Menéndez

Juliet Menéndez is a Guatemalan American author and illustrator living between Guatemala City, Paris and New York. While working as a bilingual teacher in New York City's public schools, Menéndez noted the need for more books that depicted children like the ones in her classrooms....

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Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello / Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello
Monica Brown
Children / Teens
Lee & Low Books, Incorporated
January 2020
ISBN 9780892394234
Hardcover, 40 pages
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Zonia's Rain Forest
Juana Martinez-Neal
Children / Teens
Candlewick Press
March 2021
ISBN 9781536208450
40 pages
$17.99, NYP
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Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers
Juliet Menéndez
Children / Teens
Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
February 2021
ISBN 9781250234629
Hardcover, 120 pages
$18.99, INSTORE
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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
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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