Tucson Festival of Books

Saturday, March 14 at 9 am (PT)

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Mrs. Green will be at the Tucson Festival of Books signing copies of her first book You’re Mother Called (Mother Earth)… You’d Better Call Her Back!

Saturday, March 14th from 2pm to 4pm – Bookmans tent

Sunday, March 15th from 11am to 1pm – TEP tent

Visit the Tucson Festival of Books website for a full list of events!

Much more than a book festival!

Festival Staff / November 25, 2014

In addition to providing two unforgettable days each year where words and imagination truly come to life, the Tucson Festival of Books also supports literacy programs in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Since its launch in 2009, the Festival has contributed $1,050,000 to local literacy programs.

“Giving back to promote literacy is the real success of the festival,” said Bill Viner, chief executive officer of Pepper Viner Homes and one of the festival’s founders. “Literacy is the foundation of building a strong, vibrant community, and the Tucson Festival of Books is proud to play a role in ensuring vital literacy programs are available.”

Programs that receive vital annual support from the Festival include: Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona, Reading Seed, Stories that Soar!, and Literacy Volunteers of Tucson, all programs of local literacy organization Literacy Connects, and the monthly UA Bookstores’ Storytime Character Hours, a program of the University of Arizona.

Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona prepares children from birth through five years of age to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Pediatric partners provide new books to children and early-literacy coaching to parents so that their children grow up with books and a love of reading.

Reading Seed recruits and trains volunteer reading coaches to work one-on-one with students in kindergarten through third grade who are reading below grade level. The program also distributes free books to high-risk children and offers a leveled lending library for coaches, teachers and other literacy providers with books that match students’ interests and reading ability.

Stories That Soar! gives voice to the original words and creative ideas of young people by sharing their stories through professional theater productions, visual arts, handcrafted books and an arts integration K-12 curriculum. The program allows young writers to experience the power of literacy and creative expression as their stories soar to life through the arts.

Literacy Volunteers of Tucson recruits, trains and supports volunteers to tutor adult students who are either learning to speak English or working to improve their reading, writing and math skills. Volunteers offer an individualized approach to support each student’s personal learning goals through one-on-one tutoring and group classes.

UA BookStores, SUMC Storytime Character Hour takes place on the first Saturday of every month at UA BookStores, SUMC (with some exceptions), offering educational reading and activities for children ages two to five years old, and a special in-person appearance by favorite storybook characters. These events are free and open to the public.

Visit the Tucson Festival of Books website for a full list of events!