Monday, April 9, 2012


Spring Greetings from


seven authors & illustrators who write for kids and teens

Spring has officially sprung and the season brings not only beautiful roadside wildflowers, but all sorts of exciting news from The Texas Sweethearts and Scoundrels!

Come Say Hello!

The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels will be at TLA 2012!

Please join us for our annual librarian reception!

When: Wednesday, April 18th, 4:00-5:00
Where: Booth 2629
What: Yummy treats for that late afternoon pick-me-up

In addition to our reception, The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels have a bunch of fun events planned.

12:00-2:00 - YART Tea - Jessica Lee Anderson and
P. J. Hoover

4:00-5:00 - Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels Reception -
Booth 2629

pre-exhibits - Black Caucus Breakfast - Don Tate

10:00-11:50 - Colorful Crimes: Diverse Characters in Mysteries - Jeanette Larson

11:00-11:30 - TT4L Teen Event - Jessica Lee Anderson and
P. J. Hoover

2:00-3:00 - Jeanette Larson signing at Charlesbridge

2:00-3:50 - Books, Boys, and Boxing: Motivating Minority Males
to Read - Don Tate

We hope to see you there, and please come by and say hello!


On March 31, 2012, Sweethearts P. J. Hoover and Jo Whittemore were honored to be featured as two of the Top Ten Haute Authors at the Friends of the SMU Libraries Tables of Content Fundraising Event. In attendance was former First Lady Laura Bush, and the annual Literati Award was presented to Marshall Terry. Details on the event can be found here, and an event report with more pictures can be found here.

Into mysteries? While at TLA, you won't want to miss Sweetheart Jeanette Larson's talk about diversity in mysteries on a panel called Colorful Crimes on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. In addition to her children's books, Jeanette is the author of Bringing Mysteries Alive for Children and Young Adults published by Linworth.

Jeanette will be signing Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas at the Charlesbridge booth 1305 from 2:00-3:00 on Thursday.

And on April 28, Jeanette is presenting a program on hummingbirds at the Clara B. Mounce Public Library, 201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX at 11:00 a.m. The program is for the whole family so plan a visit to the Brazos Valley.

April 16 is the official release date for Scoundrel Don Tate's first authored book, It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

The book has received a nice write-up on A Fuse 8, a starred review from Kirkus, critical acclaim from Publisher's Weekly and praises from the Horn Book, May/June issue

Don and Greg Christie will have a book signing on May 13th at the High Museum in Atlanta.

Check out the book trialer/teaser for It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw here and here.

Jo Whittemore wants to thank all the entries for her D is for Drama ARC giveaway and has randomly selected three winners:

Ginna Wimmer - Sommer Elementary
Ruth Ann Noe - Perryton Junior High
Deidra Ballard-Moore - Bessie Coleman Middle School

Congratulations, ladies!
Please email Jo here with your mailing address and she'll send your copies right away!

In the mood to boot scoot? Check out Nacho The Dog's video and listen to My Name is Nacho, written and recorded by Grammy award winning artist, and overall nice guy, Ray Benson. Watch the video and you'll see why Nacho is Nacho Ordinary Pup!

Interested in an author visit? Please contact us!

We're now booking for summer and next fall.

Nominate a Featured Sweetheart

like Leslie Rush and Jenny Flores Did
and you can win a Starbucks gift card.

Do you know someone who would make a great featured sweetheart for our blog? We're looking for librarians, teachers, authors, editors, anyone who has an impact on books, libraries, and/or getting kids to read.

If we choose the person you nominate, we'll give you a $5 Starbucks giftcard as a thank-you! Give us a holler today!

A HUGE Thank You to Leslie and Jenny for their featured Sweethearts nominations!

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