Worlds of Words Imagination Fridays

Festival Staff / September 8, 2020


Meeting an author/illustrator is transformational for children as readers. Watching children’s excitement in meeting the creator of a well-loved book or finding a new favorite has always been one of the most rewarding aspects of the Tucson Festival of BooksWorlds of Words at the University of Arizona is partnering with the festival to present a weekly talk with authors. These presentations, occurring every Friday at 1:00 pm, will be available virtually for both classrooms and children at home and will run weekly from September to December 2020 as our local schools meet on-line. This program can also be livestreamed to a classroom if students go back to school.

Parents and teachers can pre-register students and the webinar will include the author’s discussion of the book,  a writing or illustration experience and a Q&A session.

Worlds of Words and Tucson Festival of Books are excited to provide this program and add some excitement to Fridays with world-renowned children’s authors and illustrators to promote new books and to encourage children as readers, writers and illustrators.

September 18    Jon Sciezka and Steven Weinberg share their new zany series about AstroNuts on a mission to find a planet fit for human life after Earth becomes unlivable.  Watch a replay of this event.

September 25    Rashin Kheiriyeh features her new picturebook, Bahar the Lucky, a funny tale full of surprises about a rug weaver from Iran who decides to try her hand at fortune telling.  Watch a replay of this event.

October 2           David Bowles and Charlene Bowles tell about their new graphic novel, Rise of the Halfling King, that follows the adventures of a magical boy from Mayan mythology.    Register here for the October 2 session.   Watch a livestream of this event.

October 9           Adam Rex features his new picturebook, On Account of Gum, about the hilarious misadventures of a child trying to solve the problem of gum in the hair.  Register here for the October 9 session.

October 16         Christina Soontornvat shares All Thirteen, The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team, the thrilling story of their 18 days trapped in a flooding cavern.  Register here for the October 16 session.

October 23         Sherri Duskey Rinker features Construction Site Mission: Demolition! as the construction team has an exciting job of smashing, crushing, sorting and hauling. Register here for the October 23 session.

October 30         Michael Rex invites readers in We’re Going on a Goon Hunt, as a family treks through spooky landscapes looking for a monster.  Perfect for Halloween and a good scare.  Register here for the October 30 session.

Signed copies of the books featured on Imagination Fridays can be ordered here.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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