TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A U.S. Poet Laureate brought the love of literature to Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School just ahead of the Tucson Festival of Books.
Renowned poet and children's book author Juan Felipe Herrera visited the school on Friday, March 10, alongside Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who introduced him.
Herrera read poetry and led a makeshift play for the young students, who were riveted by his sing-along delivery.
Herrera was named U.S. Poet Laureate by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in 2015. Herrera's childhood spent as a son of migrant farm workers in central California is reflected in many of his books.
He has penned "The Upside Down Boy" and "Calling the Doves," which was awarded the Ezra Jack Keats Award.
"It's very important for me to speak to children, to kind of reinforce them the way my mother reinforced me with language. And I know the teachers here are doing it beyond my imagination here at Davis," Herrera said.
Herrera is a featured author at this weekend's Tucson Festival of Books.