Imagination Friday with Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal

Register now for Imagination Friday with Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal!
woman holding a baby in left hand and bowl of fry bread in another.Join us on Friday, December 11, 1:00 to 1:45 to meet Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal and hear about their award-winning picturebook, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story.

Kevin and Juana will share their picturebook and their process of writing and illustrating, invite children to create their own family stories, and answer questions.

Register for the webinar or livestream it right here! If you register, you will receive a link to join this exciting interaction with Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal. The webinar will be recorded and those who register will receive that link to watch the recording if unable to join us live. You can also return to this event listing to watch the recording. Teachers who want to show the webinar live to their classes will be able to live-stream the webinar.

Imagination Fridays participants can order signed copies of the books featured at https://shop.uabookstore.arizona.edu/main/wildcats/TFOB/Children.

To register for this webinar, visit https://arizona.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UNaoP7oZSJO0QEzoTfUNOQ


Host: Kathy Short, Professor of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies and Director of WOW.
Panelists: Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal
Co-Sponsor: Tucson Festival of Books


portrait picture of Kevin in black shirtKevin Noble Maillard is the author of Fry Bread and a regular writer and former contributing editor to The New York Times. Currently based in Manhattan, he splits time between the city and upstate New York, where he is a tenured professor of law at Syracuse University. Originally from Oklahoma, he is an enrolled citizen of the Seminole Nation.
smiling portrait picture of JuanaJuana Martinez-Neal is an illustrator of books for children, including the award-winning La Princesa and the Pea, Alma and How She Got Her Name, and Fry Bread. Juana was born in Lima, Peru, where she grew up surrounded by amazing meals prepared by her mom and amazing paintings made by her dad and granddad. She now lives, eats and paints in Scottsdale, Ariz., surrounded by her amazing children.

Imagination Friday is co-sponsored by the Tucson Festival of Books and Worlds of Words, University of Arizona College of Education and occurs Fridays from 1 to 1:40 p.m. through December 2020 with a different author or illustrator each week. Add some excitement to Fridays with world-renowned children’s authors and illustrator to promote new books and encourage children as readers, writers and illustrators.

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