Tucson Festival of Books

Unearthing the Past: Researching the Hard to Find


Research plays a critical role in biographies, but when the information is difficult to locate, authors have a more difficult task in order to construct an engaging factual story about that person's life. Three authors will share their process of research and their struggles to unearth the past as well how these strategies might be used in classrooms to engage students in research.


Panelists
Lisa Gerin

Lisa Gerin is a former school librarian and high school teacher. She was born and raised in New York City. Her debut picture book, “Rosalind Looked Closer: An Unsung Hero of Molecular Science” is a Junior Library Guild selection....

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Cat Winters

C. E. Winters is the author of the picture book biography "Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation," illustrated by Matt Schu. She also writes award-winning historical novels for teens and adults as Cat Winters....

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Emma Bland Smith

Emma Bland Smith is a public librarian and the author of many books for children. She writes mostly nonfiction picture books and her latest include "Mr. McCloskey's Marvelous Mallards: The Making of Make Way for Ducklings," "How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower" and "The Gardener of Alcatraz....

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Books:
The Gardener of Alcatraz
A True Story
Emma Bland Smith
Children / Teens
Charlesbridge Publishing
April 2022
ISBN 9781623541606
40 pages

Rosalind Looked Closer: An Unsung Hero of Molecular Science
The Unsung Hero of Molecular Science
Lisa Gerin
Children / Teens
Beaming Books
August 2022
ISBN 9781506470658
40 pages

Cut!
How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation
Cat Winters
Children / Teens
HarperCollins Publishers
January 2023
ISBN 9780063067394
40 pages