Sunday, November 28, 2010

NCTE Texas Sweethearts Style!

I'm pretty sure NCTE couldn't have been held at a better place. The conference area was gorgeous and all, but we're talking Disney World here! Love that place. I did manage to remember to take some pictures while there, and here they are for your enjoyment.

Our Texas Sweethearts panel was a blast. I solved the Rubik's Cube, Jessica Lee Anderson hula hooped Katniss style, and Jo Whittemore ate a cricket. (I think it was bacon flavored or something equally appetizing like that.) And we also talked about writing: our paths to writing, where we get ideas, and some exercises for the classroom. Thank you to everyone who came out to listen!

Aside from our panel, there were tons of fun conference things going on.

We seem to run into David Macinnis Gill at every conference we go to. He's always around. After seeing this photo, David complained about his head looking too flat and shiny. So I modified it. Which do you like better?



We also ran into Kirby Larson signing right across from our Texas Sweethearts reception. She's such a doll, and it was great to see her!

Me, Kirby, and Jessica

And we saw Sara Lewis Holmes who asked us to take a picture for her current philanthropic endeavor.

Jessica, Jo, and Me

I scored some fabulous ARCS, including these from my Texas Peeps!

*ARC love*

And others like these.

*More ARC love*

So look for some awesome reviews and giveaways in the future!

And finally, we saw fellow Texas Sweetheart Jeanette Larson's upcoming book, Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas, in the wild!

Charlesbridge editor Randi Rivers and Jessica Lee Anderson

Hope you all enjoyed the holidays!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

NCTE, Here we Come!

Texas Sweethearts PJ Hoover, Jessica Lee Anderson, and Jo Whittemore are off to DisneyWorld for NCTE! Hope to see you there!

Kidlit Critterpalooza!

For over a year now, CRITTER, the creation of artist Ian Sands, has been traveling the world, meeting many talented writers and authors and exploring where they live. At each stop he learns more and more about KIDLIT and the importance of literacy and creativity. This journey was the brainchild of Christy Evers, who got her hands on Critter after an interactive art project of Ian’s, where 500 Critters were hidden all over her city for people to find.

Critter with his best friend in Austin (who misses him so much)

Critter has visited PJ Hoover (and the Texas Sweethearts!) in Texas, Beth Revis in North Carolina, Christina Farley in Korea, New England with Nandini Bajpai, Illinois with Kelly Polark, MG Higgins in California, Rena Jones in Montana, Cynthia Leitich Smith in Texas, Bish Denham in the Virgin Islands, Jacqui Robbins in Michigan, Tina Ferraro in California, Cynthia Chapman Willis in New Jersey, Jill S. Alexander in Texas, Ellen Oh in Virginia and finally, Alberta Canada with Angela Ackerman.

Critter relaxing with a favorite beverage

Critter has been to college, rock concerts, national landmarks, a palace, attended his first SCBWI conference, walked among giant redwoods, and met the world famous artist, Robert Bateman.

Critter with tortoise pal Nefertorti

Now that his journey is coming to a close, it’s CRITTER’S hope that you will help him celebrate over at The Bookshelf Muse. His new hosts, together with old hosts, have teamed up to create the Kidlit-inspired event, Critterpalooza! and you’re invited!

There are many AMAZING prizes to be won, all in the spirit of helping Critter celebrate the wonderful creativity & support within out KIDLIT community, and to also raise awareness for his charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

If you would like to donate a few dollars to Critter’s charity, just click on the I Love St. Jude button. Children’s lives are saved every day thanks to the support of people like you!

Critter toilet shopping

So what are you waiting for? Head over to The Bookshelf Muse right now to check out all the fun to be had!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's ok to draw on the walls at the Bull Street Library in Savannah

This weekend I had the honor of being featured in the Savannah Children’s Book Festival. I had a ball! What a fantastic, well organized and attended festival,
clearly one of the best. On Friday evening, there was an author’s dinner held at the Bull Street Library, and I was asked to draw something -- anything -- on the wall of the children’s room. My brain froze. I had no
idea what to draw. I needed an assignment, a story, a purpose.

I explained my dilemma to author Elizabeth Dulemba (a longtime blog buddy), who gave me that Mr. Stupid look, and then gave me an assignment: Draw your new puppy, The Animal that I so lovingly tweet about almost daily (Grrrr!). So that’s what I did.

And here's what others have done:

Elizabeth gets all elaborate.

Lane Smith add a bit of detail to a horse wall hanging.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jeanette Larson is a Día Dynamo!

To see why, check out her fabulous interview:

Also, check out Jeanette's review of BORDER CROSSING in PARENTWISE (page 12):
On the same page, see the fab review of HOLLER LOUDLY by Featured Sweetheart Cynthia Leitich Smith.


Kudos, Jeanette!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS Book Signing this weekend!

Hey! If you live in or around Austin, and you happen to be not caught up in kid's sports or church or whatever else you do on Sunday afternoons, then please come by BookPeople. Here are the details:

WHAT: Writers' League of Texas sponsored Book Signing featuring a couple TEXAS SWEETHEARTS!

  • Jacqueline Kelly signing Newbery Honor book THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE

WHERE: BookPeople, Austin, TX

WHEN: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 2:00-4:00PM

See you there!