Meridian Children’s Book Festival

Event Canceled

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Summer Reading Celebration

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Mazza Museum Weekend Conference

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Reception Critique to Support & Stretch Exhibit with Juana Martinez Neal and Molly Idle

Event Postponed – Date TBD
WOW at University of Arizona

Join Worlds of Words for a reception for our current exhibit with special guests, award-winning illustrators, Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle!

How is art influenced by other people? The current exhibition at Worlds of Words, a curation of global children’s literature located at the University of Arizona, tries to answer this question. Housed in the Kathy G. Short studio, the professional relationship between two award-winning and Arizona-based author-illustrators, Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle, is highlighted in a showcase of their original art and published works.

The exhibit itself focuses on the core of this professional partnership, with the title: “Critique to Support & Stretch: A Conversation between Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle.” Their relationship is self-described as one of equals, built on mutual respect and encouragement to explore new ideas. To this effect, the walls of the studio display an intermingling of framed original art from a variety of their projects, highlighting the influence of one artist on the other. The soft, comforting colored-pencil illustrations of Martinez-Neal’s work sits side-by-side with the bright hues and fairytale aesthetic of Idle’s portfolio.

The exhibit can be visited at Worlds of Words, Room 453 in the College of Education of the University of Arizona — 1430 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85721.

RSVP to preferred, but not required. This event is free and open to the public. Event details may change. To request disability-related accommodations that would ensure your full participation in this event, please email or call 520-621-9340. Free parking is available at the surface parking lot north of the intersection of First and Vine. Paid parking is available at the Second Street Garage next door to the College of Education. WOW is located just off the 2nd St. streetcar stop.

Tucson Festival of Books

Event Canceled

“Tucson Festival of Books” is held at the University of Arizona, located at 1430 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85721. For more information visit:

Signings and Events
Sunday, March 15th
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Fry Bread: The Making of an Indigenous Book
Location: Education Room 333
Moderator: Celeste Trimble
Panelists: Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal, Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press)
The author and illustrator of Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, a picture book based on the author’s Seminole family traditions, share their close collaboration and the story of how the book evolved and changed over time. Since the book was based on the author’s Seminole family traditions, the illustrator faced challenges to balance authenticity with artistic vision.

12:30 – 12:55 am Book signing to follow
Location: Children / Teen Signing Area

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Storytime: Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
Location: Story Blanket Tent
Enjoy a story read by Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal, the author and illustrator of Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story.
An informal signing will happen at the end of the story, right on the blanket.

2:30 – 3:30 pm Critique and Collaboration as Illustrators
Location: Education Room 453 World of Words
Moderator: Deb Browning
Panelists: Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle
Two illustrators share their process of working together as critique partners. This session will occur in Room 453, Worlds of Words, using the special exhibition of original illustrations from their books to illuminate their process of collaboration and critique.

3:30 – 3:55 pm Book signing to follow
Location: Children / Teen Signing Area

4:00 – 5:00 pm Draw-Off: “On Your Mark, Get Set, Draw”
Location: Education Kiva 211
Moderator: Adam Rex
Panelists: Lisa Brown, Goldfish Ghost (Neal Porter Books); Josh Cochran, Drawing On Walls: A Story of Keith Haring (Enchanted Lion Books); Decur, When You Look Up (Enchanted Lion Books); Molly Idle, Pearl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers); Juana Martinez-Neal, Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press); Michael Rex, Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots (Nancy Paulsen Books); Eric Velasquez, Octopus Stew (Holiday House)
This interactive session is a competition between illustrators to complete a drawing that incorporates suggestions from the audience.

5:00 – 5:30 pm Book signing to follow
Location: Education Kiva 211

University of Incarnate Word

Caldecott Honor Award-Winning Author Juana Martinez Neal is coming to speak at UIW on March 3rd at 6pm in the Library Auditorium. She will be discussing her semi-autobiographical book, Alma and How She Got Her Name, which has the message that “we are everyone that came before us, and at the same time we are uniquely ourselves.”

Martine-Neal, a Peruvian American, also just illustrated Fry Bread: A native American Family Story in 2019 and La Princesa and the Pea in 2017. Please join Women’s and Gender Studies and the English Department for this special UIW Women’s History Month event.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for this event, visit The University of Incarnate Word is located at 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209. For more info, call 843-693-8249.

Storybook Saturday – Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Each Saturday in November, Children’s Museum of Phoenix is having guest readers (authors, illustrators, etc.) join us to read to the museum’s patrons. Juana will join us Saturday, November 30th. She will be reading Alma and How She Got Her Name and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N 7th St in Phoenix, AZ 85034. For more info call 602-253-0501 or visit

Tulare County DoE Young Authors’ Faire

Event Canceled

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Arlington Public Library

I’ll be part of the Día de los Muertos Celebration events at City Center Branch of the Arlington Public Library. Join us to talk about names and our families while we work on some activities together! Everyone is welcome to this free event!

The City Center Branch is located at 100 South Center Street in Arlington, Texas 76010. More info: Dia de los Muertos Celebration

The Original Art

Art from “Babymoon” and “Fry Bread”

Founded in 1980 by illustrators’ agent and art director Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases original art from the year’s best children’s books as determined by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors.

Selected books, medal recipients, and award winners will be recognized and honored during the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, held at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, NYC), on Thursday, November 14, beginning at 6:00 pm. A full list of featured artists can be found here.

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