Tucson Festival of Books

Something New: Diverse Voices in Early Chapter Books


For many years, early chapter books reflected an "all-white" world that has recently been disrupted by authors of color. The girls in their books live within communities rich in cultural traditions and family relationships. This session highlights books written out of Latinx, Pakistani and Indigenous cultural traditions.


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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Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States when she was 22 years old. She writes the Yasmin series and popular middle-grade novels such as "Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero." Her new series is about Marya Khan....

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Dawn Quigley

Dawn Quigley is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, North Dakota. The first book in her Jo Jo Makoons chapter book series was selected as a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal and American Indians in Children's Literature, and received five starred reviews; it was also chosen as a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book....

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Books:
Lola Levine Is Not Mean!
Monica Brown
Children / Teens
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
November 2015
ISBN 9780316258364
96 pages

Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme
Monica Brown
Children / Teens
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
July 2016
ISBN 9780316258449
112 pages

Lola Levine and the Vacation Dream
Monica Brown
Children / Teens
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
April 2017
ISBN 9780316506380
112 pages

Jo Jo Makoons: Fancy Pants
Jojo #2
Dawn Quigley
Children / Teens
HarperCollins Publishers
May 2022
ISBN 9780063015418
tp, 96 pages

Jo Jo Makoons: the Used-To-Be Best Friend
Dawn Quigley
Children / Teens
HarperCollinsPublishers
January 2021
ISBN 9780063015388
80 pages

Marya Khan and the Fabulous Jasmine Garden (Marya Khan #2)
Saadia Faruqi
Children / Teens
Abrams, Incorporated
March 2023
ISBN 9781419761188
144 pages

Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party
(Marya Khan #1)
Saadia Faruqi
Children / Teens
Abrams, Incorporated
March 2023
ISBN 9781419761171
160 pages