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Imagination Friday with Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal

December 11, 2020

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.

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Imagination Fridays participants can order signed copies of the books featured at

Kevin 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.
Juana 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 WordsUniversity 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.

  • For questions regarding this resource, please contact Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures.
  • Phone No: (520) 621-9340
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