Duncanville Reads Launches with Talented Authors, Illustrators

First, second and third grade students district-wide sat spellbound as five published authors and illustrators shared their knowledge as part of the inaugural “Duncanville Reads” event hosted by the district’s librarians.

The nationally renowned authors and illustrators took turns going to all nine Duncanville ISD elementary schools to share their talents over a two-day period, Feb. 26 and 27. Students learned about the writing and drawing process, and read along to books from the authors and illustrators.

Below is a list of authors and illustrators who participated:

Lupe Ruiz-Flores is the author of six award-winning bilingual children’s picture books. She told the students that she grew up loving the library and still enjoys it. Ms. Ruiz-Flores read her bilingual book “The Woodcutter’s Gift” or “El regaló del leñador” to students who then identified parts of the book’s story structure, such as story setting, conflict and main character. Her daughter, Carolyn Dee Flores, is an author and illustrator who also spoke during Duncanville Reads.

Tim Tingle is an award-winning author and Choctaw storyteller who has written more than 13 books including “Crossing Bok Chitto,” which won the 2007 Oklahoma Book Award for best illustrations and best children’s book.

A.G. Ford is an illustrator from Frisco, Texas who has more than 30 published books including New York Times Bestseller “Barack” and “What Color Is My World?” Mr. Ford showed students one of his first drawings from when he was six years old and his illustrations as a professional, encouraging them that they will only get better if they keep trying.

Carolyn Dee Flores is an author and illustrator from San Antonio, Texas, who started writing and illustrating her own books when she was in the second grade. She is now working on her 12th children’s book.

Author Liz Garton Scanlon has more than 12 published picture books and lives in Austin, Texas. She read her book “Kate, Who Tamed the Wind” and her brand new book “One Dark Bird.”

In addition to the school district hosting these authors and illustrators, the City of Duncanville City Council also recognized “Duncanville Reads” Day with a proclamation at the Feb. 19 City Council meeting.