Tucson Festival of Books

We Matter: Valuing the Lives of Diverse Children


Too often in our society, children with brown and black skin face discrimination and injustice. These books challenge societal norms by celebrating the value of the lives of biracial, Black and Indigenous children who stand up and assert their right to make their own way in the world.


Panelists
Monica Brown

Monica Brown is the award-winning author of more than 30 children's books, including "Sharuko: Peruvian Archeologist/el arqueólogo Julio C. Tello," "Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/no combina," "Waiting for the Biblioburro" and the Lola Levine series....

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Tami Charles

Tami Charles is the New York Times bestselling author of "All Because You Matter," and numerous books for children and young adults. Her middle grade debut, "Like Vanessa," earned Top 10 spots on the Indies Introduce and Spring Kids' Next lists, three starred reviews, and a Junior Library Guild selection....

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Daniel Vandever

Daniel Vandever (Diné) is an award-winning author and entrepreneur from Haystack, N.M. He is the CEO of South of Sunrise Creative, a strategic communications firm that helps advance education initiatives through community-based solutions....

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Books:
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match
Monica Brown

Children's Book Press
November 2010
ISBN 9780892392353
31 pages

We Are Here
Tami Charles
Children / Teens
Scholastic, Incorporated
January 2023
ISBN 9781338752045
40 pages

"Fall in Line, Holden!"
Daniel Vandever
Children / Teens
Salina Bookshelf, Incorporated
July 2017
ISBN 9781893354500
32 pages