This year’s Tucson Festival of Books took place at the University of Arizona March 2–3. The event drew approximately 140,000 attendees and featured a lineup of 70 children’s authors and storytellers, among other presenting authors. We’ve rounded up a selection of photo highlights from the celebration.

Author Adam Rex read from his new book, Are You Scared, Darth Vader? (Disney Lucasfilm).

A cactus character greeted kids at the Western National Parks Association Pavilion.

Author Jacob Kramer and illustrator K-Fai Steele presented their picture book Noodlephant (Enchanted Lion) in the children’s area.

Young mariachi dancers performed on one of the many stages.

Author-illustrator James Dean illustrated Pete the Cat for fans.

A parade of costumed characters joined the fun.