Tucson Festival of Books

Making Connections: What Matters Most


Making connections with someone who matters in your life gives purpose and meaning to children's lives, despite the difficulties that come with changing relationships, whether those relationships are with the peers who share classroom space, a close friend, a beloved grandmother or someone to whom we owe an apology.


Panelists
Molly Idle

Molly Idle is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book "Flora and the Flamingo" and all of the Flora books. She's also the creator of the Tea Rex series, and the mermaid tales "Pearl" and "Coral....

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David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle is the author of many books for young readers, including "Isle of You," illustrated by Jaime Kim, as well as "How to Apologize," "See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog," and "See the Dog: Three Stories About a Cat," all illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka....

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Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal is the Peruvian-born daughter and granddaughter of painters. Her debut as an author-illustrator, "Alma and How She Got Her Name," was awarded a Caldecott Honor. She illustrated New York Times best-selling picture book "Tomatoes for Neela" by Padma Lakshmi; "Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story" by Kevin Noble Maillard, which won a Robert F....

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Andrea Wang

Andrea Wang is an acclaimed author of children's books. Her book "Watercress" was awarded the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, among other accolades....

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Books:
I Don't Care
Molly Idle, Juana Martinez-Neal
Children / Teens
Holiday House
November 2022
ISBN 9780823443451
40 pages

Witch Hazel
Molly Idle
Children / Teens
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
January 2022
ISBN 9780316541138
40 pages

How to Apologize
David LaRochelle
Children / Teens
Candlewick Press
May 2021
ISBN 9781536209440
32 pages

Luli and the Language of Tea
Andrea Wang
Children / Teens
Holiday House
May 2022
ISBN 9780823446148
40 pages