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Chat with Local author – Judy L. Paris

December 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Stop by the library between 10 am and 12 pm on Tuesday, December 7 to meet local author Judy L. Paris


Judy L. Paris has authored and published her first children’s book Who Will Save the Desert? This Children’s Book has won several awards in 2021

  • Purple Dragonfly Winner in Environmental/Green Books
  • New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards Finalist in Children’s
  • Arizona Authors Literary Awards Finalist in Children’s (final judging on Nov 6th to determine place)


Judy’s first introduction to the desert was from her parents. For 30 years they enjoyed an amazing retirement in Sun City West. Every family holiday was celebrated in their beautiful home while also enjoying the community activities. Her children “grew up here” and counted the days between visits. Many other relatives and family friends moved to SCW because of them and the gorgeous area. Her grandfather, the iconic circus banner painter, lived in SCW and did shows of his work at the SCW Museum, the RH Johnson Library and surrounding elementary schools. Before her parents passed, Judy shared her passion for the desert with visits to her parents’ home with her grandchildren. The entire family continues the tradition of luminarias in their parts of the country. SCW holds a very special place in her heart.


Judy received her BS in Special Education (Deaf/Hard of Hearing) and Elementary Education at Illinois State University, multiple Master’s Degrees at NAU Flagstaff and completed all the coursework for an EdD in Educational Administration from NAU. Her career spanned over 40 years as a teacher (all levels, birth-college), Special Education Director, Principal and Superintendent. In retirement she worked as an educational consultant, adjunct faculty, and authored published educational materials. She was the Yavapai County Teacher of the Year, a finalist for Arizona Teacher of the Year and the Arizona Delegate to the US Teacher Forum in Washington DC. She received the State of Arizona Phi Delta Kappa Award and was a finalist for the Walt Disney Teacher of the Year and the US West Outstanding Teacher. She presented at the Oxford University Round Table and was an Ambassador of Education and Trainer for World Vision. In retirement she volunteered for 14 years to develop a STEM/Arts based museum for children in her community.


Who Will Save the Desert? is a delightful tale that engages readers to develop a passion for the desert. Santiago is the grandest critter in the desert, but when a mystery develops, he wonders what is happening to the desert he loves. The book should instill a desire in everyone to help preserve the desert and all natural lands across the country. The book comes with a free poster and a website to encourage continued education with activities and resources. (www.pariskidspublishing.com)


Anyone unable to attend and wants to purchase a book, can call a local number and leave a message. Arrangements can be made for local delivery. A portion of the proceeds support Arizona clean up programs.  (Phone: 623-546-8502, press # to leave a message)


December 7, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Tracy Skousen


Rec Center – RHJ – Library/Data Resource Center