Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Roundup—Texas Sweethearts Style

Here in Austin, The Texas Sweethearts enjoyed snow! Seeing as how rarely this happens, it was a total treat!

Congrats to our contest winner Beverly Stowe McClure who won a $20 online gift card to Powell's bookstore and the Texas Sweethearts book of your choice. Beverly, please email us and let us know your mailing address and which book you'd like!

Next month we'll be giving away a query and 10 page critique from an editor, so please check back for that!


The Fire Petal Auction is now open! Fire Petal Books is a new bookstore with vision that needs some help to get started. Head over to bid on some fantastic items including signed books and manuscript critiques from agents, editors, and authors. And you'll be helping children's literature and educational programs in Utah at the same time.
The auction ends Saturday, March 20th, 2010. Don't miss out on your chance for something awesome!


Help Young Adults Book Central! Here's a message from Kimberly about the site and the help they need.

YABC Needs Your Help
You may have noticed the changes we've been making to the site -- well, we've got a lot more planned. But we need your help. We've received the bids back on what it will take to bring the site into the future and serve you better. YABC needs to raise $10,000.

We've started a campaign and every contribution, no matter how small, will help immensely.

Readers, we've given away thousands of books since 1998 and we plan on continuing to give you more (and more, if we can get the site changes implemented). Authors and Publishers, we've promoted you and your books tirelessly, and have even more promotional options planned.

But we really need your help.

Thank you for your patronage all these years and I hope you'll see fit to contribute even just a bit towards our goal.

Please support us by donating here.


TAKE A CHANCE ON ART: 2010 Disaster Relief Raffle

Big white mouse and little brown mouse are tending a garden of flowers on the May pages in Susan L. Roth’s charming board book for preschoolers, My Love for You All Year Round (Dial, 2004). The original artwork for this spread, donated by the artist for the 2010 Texas Library Disaster Relief Raffle, is a multi-layered collage of colored and textured papers rich in color, shading, and detail.

The raffle will be held on Friday, April 16, during the second general session of the TLA Annual Conference in San Antonio. Tickets are available online (mail by Monday, April 9)and will be sold onsite at the spring conference: $5 each or 5 for $20.

Take a chance on art and improve the chances that your library association can help Texas libraries recover from natural disasters.


In the Featured Sweetheart Nomination category, we have:

Please email us your nominations for featured sweethearts!


The Texas Sweethearts are looking forward to participating in Operation Teen Book Drop. It's coming up April 15, 2010, and you can read all about it here. Why not think about participating yourself?


BORDER CROSSING by Jessica Lee Anderson received two fantastic reviews this week. You can check them out here:

Bookish Blather

Tattooed Books

Huge thank you to the reviewers for taking the time and energy. Book Reviewers rock!


In the upcoming month, we're looking forward to the Jo Whittemore's release party for FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF, PJ Hoover's SCBWI presentation and Virginia Book Festival, and a joint visit to the Georgetown Juvenile Delinquent center.


Have a great weekend!

*Note: If there is something you'd like us to include in our Friday roundup, please email us. We're happy to include news and information about the awesomeness of the kidlit world!

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