Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Dr. Gigi Morales David, a professor in the Department of Childhood
Education at the University of North Florida and children’s author, has been invited
to participate in Jacksonville’s
premier book festival Much Ado About Books. She will be appearing at the
downtown main library on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. until noon.
and parents can meet David, who will be located in a booth at the entrance to
the Children’s Library, and ask questions about writing and being an author as
well as engage in a fun activity at her booth. She will also be reading from one
of her children’s books.
“This year’s theme ‘Open a
book, open your world’ is an invitation to meet new people, travel to
interesting places, explore new ideas and make personal connections,” said
David. “I thoroughly enjoy talking to children about sharing their stories and
I look forward to meeting all of the families that visit my booth.”
a Southside resident, has several published books for children, including
poetry, early reader books and picture books. “Peter and the Silent Siren” was
her first published book, which was followed by “The Little Red Envelopes” in
2006. Her latest book, “Just Mollie and Me,” helps children value relationships
with elderly people living in their community.
has been an educator in Jacksonville
for the past 25 years with a combination of educational experiences, including
classroom teaching, school administration, curriculum development and university
teaching. She has an Ed.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership
has designed an arts-integration supplemental curriculum for the Cultural
Council of Jacksonville that connects pieces of public art with academic
content for use by students in Duval County.
She has made several presentations and appearances as an author locally
and around the state, including the Florida Reading Association Conference, The
Florida Heritage Book Festival, Young Writers Workshop, Society of Children’s
Book Writers and Illustrators, WJXT Channel 4, the International Reading
Association Conference as well as guest author at several Duval
County and St. Johns County
public schools to name a few.
David likes to
encourage students to share their own unique stories by visiting local schools,
participating in community events and leading writer’s workshops for elementary
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