Desert Dwellers FLash Cards
Children learning about desert animals using Desert Dwellers Flash Cards with Julie Rustad.

It was a quiet Saturday morning until the clock struck 10am. Kids and their parents filled the Children’s Section at Barnes & Noble Eastside to hear books created by authors and illustrators who will be at the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books.

We played games using Desert Dwellers Flash Cards by Julie Rustad. The kids enjoyed guessing the animals using the letter they started with as well as learning the fun facts on the back.

After the games, we read Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle. Using only illustrations, it is a sweet innovative picture book – that the children really enjoyed!

The next book we read was Goodnight Already written by Jory John. It’s a hilarious picture book starring a bear and a duck.

The last book we read was Ladybug Girl by David Soman. This is a inspiring story a sweet girl who realizes she isn’t too little. This book seemed to resonate with some of the older children in the group.

After reading these books each of the kids created their own book, using an easy template I had made ahead of time.

kids at Barnes & Noble
Kids making books!
kids making books
I was asked to help draw a black horse for the cover of Jeremy’s book!


Feel free to use this information sheet I created that includes where some of these Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators will be at the Tucson Festival of Books.

I hope you also stop by my Julie Originals Booth #249 for some colorful goodies!



Julie RUstad Tucson FEstival of Books
Tucson Festival of Books 2015 Select Children Authors and Illustrators


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