Tucson Festival of Books

Worlds of Words Imagination Friday Replays


Imagination Fridays is co-sponsored by the Tucson Festival of Books and Worlds of Words/University of Arizona and occurred once a month on Friday at 1:00-1:45 pm from September to December with a different author or illustrator. Add some excitement to Fridays with world-renowned children’s authors and illustrators to promote new books and encourage children as readers, writers, and illustrators.

View Past sessions here:

September 8, 2023     Join us to meet Adam Rex, the author and illustrator of "The Story of Gumluck the Wizard," a new early chapter book series.  In this absurdly silly and heartfelt book, a wee wizard is on a quest to become a helpful hero by doing the bidding of rude, ungrateful townspeople.  Narrated by a sarcastic raven, this noodlehead tale introduces a goofy magical kingdom along with questions about truth and lies.

Adam will share his new book, his process in creating the story, invite children to create their Gumluck adventure, and answer questions.  

Watch the livestream here.

October 6, 2023      Join us to meet Joanna Ho, the author of "Say My Name," a new picturebook that celebrates the beauty and sounds of children’s names.  Names define us and reveal family and cultural ties and histories. This beautiful and lyrical picturebook celebrates identities and and the meaningful origins behind one’s name.

Joanna will share her new book, her process in creating the story, invite children to consider their own name origins, and answer questions. 

Watch the livestream here.

November 3, 2023      Join us to meet Raúl the Third and hear about his newest ¡Vamos! book. "¡Vamos! Let’s Go Read" is a joyful story about literacy as Little Lobo and his friends visit a book festival at the local library, each hoping to find the book of their dreams. Bilingual celebration of Mexican American culture and books.

Raúl the Third will introduce his new book and process of writing and illustrating, invite children to sketch along with him, and answer questions.

You must register for the webinar to attend and will receive a link to click on and join this exciting interaction with Raúl the Third. The webinar will be recorded and those who register will receive that link to watch the recording if unable to join us live. Teachers or families who want to show the webinar live to their classes will be able to live-stream the webinar.

Watch the livestream here.

December 8, 2023    Join us to meet Chris Grabenstein and celebrate his new graphic novel, "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library." This bestselling book is now a full color, fun-packed graphic novel in which a group of game-loving kids must solve every clue to find the hidden escape route out of the town’s new library. Visual clues and book covers are embedded into the panels.

Chris will introduce his new book and process of writing, invite children to solve puzzles, and answer questions. 

Watch the livestream here.