TRIP OF A (MIDDLE GRADE) LIFETIME! - San Antonio Book Festival
April 13, 2024


  • 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Copper Kitchen
  • Middle Grade Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 2:00 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Pedro Martín’s Mexikid is an unforgettable graphic memoir about a Mexican American boy’s family and their adventure-filled road trip to bring their abuelito back from Mexico. Saadia Faruqi’s Saving Sunshine, illustrated by Shazleen Khan, is a funny graphic novel about Muslim American siblings who have to get along on a family vacation. Don’t miss this session about family dynamics, turtles, and fart jokes!

About the Authors

Saadia Faruqi - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: QZB Photography

Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author and interfaith activist. She writes the popular Yasmin early reader series , and other books for children, including chapter books, graphic novels, and picture books. Her middle grade novels include A Place At The Table, co-written with Laura Shovan, which received a Sydney Taylor Notable Honor; A Thousand Questions, which received a South Asia Book Award Honor; and Yusuf Azeem Is Not A Hero, which was a School Library Journal Best Middle Grade book. Saadia is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose, and was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine in 2017 as a woman making a difference in her community. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and children. Her graphic novel Saving Sunshine was a Kirkus Best Book and a New York Public Library Best Book, as well as a Texas Library Association Little Maverick Graphic Novel. 

Pedro Martín - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pedro Martín

Pedro Martín

Former Hallmark artist and the creator of the Asteroid Andy cartoon shorts, Pedro Martín chronicles his life growing up Mexican American online in a series called Mexikid Stories. He is the author and illustrator of Mexikid, which received a Newbery Award Honor and both the Pura Belpré Author Award and the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award. 


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