Friday, January 11, 2013

January News!

****Happy New Year****
from
THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS!
  
seven authors & illustrators who write for kids and teens

Out with the old, and in with the new! The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels have big plans for 2013, and we want you to be a part of them! Our one resolution for the year...to represent children's publishing as best we can!
Such a Sweetheart!  
 
Our first featured Sweetheart of the new year is CHRISTIE GIBRICH! You can read all about why we adore her here. And to nominate future Sweethearts, check out the bottom of the newsletter!

NEWS & EVENTS!   

Nothing starts the year off quite like good news.
 K.A. Holt is excited to announce the sale of her latest manuscript- tentatively scheduled for release in Fall of 2014! 
From Publisher's Marketplace: 
"BRAINS FOR LUNCH author K.A. Holt's POETRY BANDIT, a novel in verse about a seventh-grader's journey from bully to victim and out the other side, as he learns about friendship, family, and the ways that words can work themselves into a life, to Tamra Tuller at Chronicle Children's, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (World)." 
Congrats, K.A.!
Not to be outdone, in December Don Tate celebrated the release of his latest illustrated project, Hope's Gift, a story that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Kirkus says Hope's Gift is "[a] warm story about the love of a family and the jubilation of freedom."
  
Don is also pleased to announce that his first authored book, It Jes' Happened, has been honored on several end-of-year Best-Of lists. It Jes' Happened is a Booklist (ALA) Editor's Choice, a Book Links' Lasting Connection selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Black History Book for 2013. It is also a Kirkus Best Children's Book of 2012. 
Congrats, Don!  

One of the best ways to represent children's publishing is by spending time with the children themselves.  
Jessica Lee Anderson is thrilled to take part in the Young Adult Keller Book Festival on January 19, 2013! 
More information can be found here.

P. J. Hoover is looking forward to a two-day author visit at Taylor Middle School on January 23rd and 24th. Then, at the end of the month, P. J. will be doing a two-day visit to Curtis Middle School in Allen, TX. 
P. J. (Tricia) is happy to talk to kids of all ages on a wide variety of topics. If you are interested in an author visit, please contact her.

Jeanette Larson will be speaking at the Hays County Master Naturalists monthly meeting, January 24, 6:30 p.m. in San Marcos. 

Jo Whittemore will be returning to the city where she first got her book learnin' when she attends the Montgomery County Book Festival on February 2 (9:00am-5:00pm). Further details on attending authors and their schedules can be found here.

Don Tate still has openings for school visits in the months of March and May. He will present to students at Groveton Elementary (north of Houston), on March 27th, and would welcome the opportunity to speak at another school on the day before or after. In May, Don will be at Polser Elementary (near Dallas) on the 2nd, and at Eiland Elementary (near Houston) on the 10th. Again, he welcomes opportunities to visit other schools in the area near those dates. Don's presentations meet the Texas core curriculum standards.
Nominate a Featured Sweetheart  

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!


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