Meet the artist behind Desert Dwellers Flash Cards; prizes and family fun at Tucson Festival of Books 2015

Julie Rustad, the award-winning artist behind a desert-inspired set of alphabet flash cards will be at the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books.

Julie Originals Booth at Tucson Festival of Books

She will also be signing copies and handing out giveaways, at Booth #294.

Julie Rustad and Desert Dwellers FLash Cards
Syver and Julie Rustad with the Desert Dwellers Flash Cards!

The author/artist’s agenda is as follows:

Saturday March 14th

10:30am-11am: Desert Dwellers Trivia with prizes in Julie Originals Booth #294

1:00pm -3:30pm: Julie Rustad signing Desert Dwellers Flash Cards in the Children/Teen Author Pavilion

Sunday March 15th

9:30am-11am: Do Happy Today special giveaways

3 pm-3:30 pm: Kids create their own book with Julie in Booth #294

Desert Dwellers: Southwest Animals from A-Z’, a set of colorful flash cards with facts and stories about desert critters, encourage early reading whilst offering a southwestern twist on traditional alphabet books.

Julie developed them while her son Syver was a toddler. They feature Julie’s original paintings of southwest critters, from Anna’s Hummingbird through to the Zebra-Tailed Lizard.

Priced at $17.95, Desert Dwellers Flash Cards, sold in over 30 retail locations including Barnes & Noble, the Grand Canyon and Big Bend Park in Texas. Julie Rustad uses the flash cards in schools and preschools in Tucson to promote reading.

They earned a Silver Addy Award by the American Advertising Federation of Tucson.

desert animal flash cards for kids by Julie Rustad
Desert Dwellers Flash Cards include 26 animals and learning activity card!

“These flash cards were born out of a love of reading, and that’s why I’m excited to be part of this year’s Tucson Festival of Books. Even though I make my living through computers and new technology, I love for my family to just get back to basics, like reading a good book or making art – something that doesn’t require batteries!” said Julie.

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