Tucson Festival of Books

Making a Difference: Small Acts/Big Impact


In these real-life stories, people have an impact on their communities by having the courage to act in ways that make a difference. Those actions might involve nature, such as saving bees from the burning rooftop of Notre-Dame or protecting the desert through a national park, or involve an artist deciding to paint everyday working-class lives. Each of these book creators also make a difference by selecting the stories they tell as another form of action.


Panelists
Lori Alexander

In addition to picture books, Lori Alexander writes chapter books about the fascinating history of science and medicine. She won a Sibert Honor Award for "All in a Drop: How Anton van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World," and "A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games" was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book....

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Cheryl Blackford

Cheryl Blackford was born in England but lives in the US, spending summers in Minnesta and winters in Arizona. She loves to to travel and hike in new places.  Her books include "Lizzie and the Lost Baby," "The Hungry Coyote," and "The Fossill Hunter: How Mary Anning Changed the Science of Prehistoric Life....

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Meghan Browne

Meghan P. Browne is the award-winning author of "Indelible Ann: The Larger-than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards," "Dorothy the Brave" and "The Bees of Notre-Dame." Browne holds a bachelor's from the University of Arizona (Go, Cats!) and a Master of Fine Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts....

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Anne Broyles

Anne Broyles is the author of the picture books, “I’m Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People,” “Arturo and the Bienvenido Feast,” “Arturo and the Navidad Birds....

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Books:
Cactus Queen
Minerva Hoyt Establishes Joshua Tree National Park
Lori Alexander
Children
Astra Publishing House
March 2024
ISBN 9781662680212
40 pages
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The Bees of Notre-Dame
Meghan Browne
Children
Random House Children's Books
October 2023
ISBN 9780593374566
40 pages
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I'm Gonna Paint
Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People
Anne Broyles
Children
Holiday House
November 2023
ISBN 9780823450060
48 pages
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Fossil Hunter
How Mary Anning Changed the Science of Prehistoric Life
Cheryl Blackford
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
October 2023
ISBN 9780063308978
128 pages
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