Transforming Lives: Connecting Readers with Books that Matter

Tucson TAWL, Literacy Connects of Tucson, and Books Save Lives invite you to be our guest for coffee and conversations with local teacher and author

Daphne Russell

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at

Literacy Connects, 200 E. Yavapai Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705

As a 29-year veteran teacher in Tucson, Arizona, Daphne Russell wielded books as seductive invitations to counter the chaos of some students’ lives. She spent 17 years teaching with class sets of Hatchet and Esperanza Rising until 2007, when a friend told her to read The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. 584 pages later, she began teaching as though books save lives and she never wavered from that mission. In her final year of teaching, she published her heart on paper, Read or Die: A Story of Survival, Hope and How a Life Was Saved One Book at a Time. She now works at Sonoran Science Academy as the Reading Specialist and hopes to influence the school to move their Language Arts curriculum toward choice/independent reading.

In our time together, we’ll have a chance to hear Daphne share about her work with readers, to eat, and to engage in discussion about the importance of books and self-selected reading and how to implement for of this in our varied settings. Tucson TAWL has lots of literature and professional books to give away, including several copies of Daphne’s memoir.

This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone who works with readers to come together and share – teachers, tutors, aides, literacy volunteers, literacy coaches, parents, reading specialists, librarians, adult education instructors, education students and preservice teachers, principals and administrators. Three hours of professional development credit is available for those who need it.

We’ve all read a book that impacted our lives. The readers we work with deserve that opportunity as well.

In order to be sure we will have enough food and seating for everyone, we ask that you follow this link to the Tucson TAWL Facebook page to reserve a spot at this event or send an email to indicating you are coming. This event is FREE!!!