Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gratitude Galore

Thanksgiving is almost here and we're anticipating plates overflowing with turkey (or Tofurky for our vegetarian friends), stuffing, and all the fixings. Regardless of our family traditions, one thing is for sure-we're overwhelmed with gratitude! Thanks for all that you do and for your dedication to books!
We appreciate you staying connected with us and we have some exciting updates...

Don Tate

Don Tate, along with Carolyn Flores and Duncan Tonatiuh appear at the inaugural McAllen Book Festival
Emma Virjan
You can learn more about Pig and see more of Emma's artwork on her site here.

Jeanette Larson
Jeanette is currently booking spring and summer library visits. Programs can focus on the science of birds and birding and writing folktales or can include a fun hummingbird activity.


Jeanette had a great time at the YALSA Book Blitz in Austin. Nothing beats being able to give away books to librarians! 

Jessica Lee Anderson

Jessica has teaching credentials and loves to share her passion with students of all ages!  Please contact her at 
Jessica Lee Anderson for more information about booking spring and summer visits. She's currently offering a special presentation rate for visits in the San Antonio and Austin area.


Jessica had a wonderful time visiting Tuloso-Midway High School in Corpus Christi along with Sweetheart P.J. Hoover. Jessica loved connecting with the students and spending time with the talented and dedicated Debbie VanZandt, one of our previous Featured Sweethearts. Jessica can't wait to return to Corpus for the Teen Bookfest by the Bayon February 28, 2015! 

Jo Whittemore
Jo Whittemore had the privilege of moderating "Do You Believe in Magic?" at the Texas Book Festival that featured stellar authors Annie Barrows, Nikki Loftin, and Natalie Lloyd. 

Jo also received a great Kirkus review for Colonial Madness!Her favorite excerpt: "Whittemore brings her customary insight and humor to every page of this funny and sometimes-suspenseful romp. The history goes down easy, with lots of laughs."
Kari Anne Holt
Kari enjoyed her time at the YALSA Symposium last weekend, participating in panels on tween readers, and engaging young readers with poetry. The Book Blitz was also fun - so many fantastic books up for grabs, so many excited librarians!


Kari's newest book RHYME SCHEMER recently enjoyed a spotlight moment as an Amazon Best Book of the Month for October and as a #1 New Release in "Children's Bullies Issues Books".
There's a big announcement coming soon--keep an eye on Kari's Facebook page and Twitter for details! 

P.J. Hoover

In addition to having TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE named to the 2015 Lone Star Reading List, P. J. is honored to have been named to the 2015 Spirit of Texas Middle School Reading List! Thank you, Texas Librarians!


P. J. is actively booking school visits for the spring! If you are interested in a school visit, P. J. would love to come to your school! P. J.'s presentation focuses on mythology, goal setting, and the writing process, and is great for 3rd-12th grade. P. J. also speaks at conferences and would love to present at your next conference. Please contact P. J. via her website for more information.
This past month, P. J. had a wonderful time presenting to students at Keefer Crossing Middle School in New Caney, Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston, Hopewell Middle School in Round Rock, Brownsville Academic Center, Garcia Middle School in Brownsville ISD, Tuloso-Midway High School in Corpus Christi (with Sweetheart Jessica Lee Anderson), and Fulmore Middle School in Austin.

P. J. participated in the Texas Book Festival along with authors S. S. Taylor and Michael Fry on the "Adventure is Out There" panel. She also attended the "Youth Fiction Contest Awards" panel and was thrilled to celebrate her teen friend, Kate Lee's, first place win for her piece "Bittersweet Stars." More information on the TBF Youth Fiction Contest can be foundhere.

Just over a week ago, P. J. attended the first annual McAllen Book Festival along with Sweethearts Don Tate and Jeanette Larson. The festival was a huge success with a great turnout from the community, and the library (a converted Wal-Mart) was beautiful.
And finally, this past weekend, P. J. participated in the "Bridge to Tweenabithia: The Gap Between Juvenile and Young Adult" panel at the YALSA Symposium here in Austin, Texas, along with Sweetheart K. A. Holt. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thank you, Texas Librarians!

Tut: The Story of My
Immortal Life
makes the 2015
Lone Star Reading List!

I am thrilled that Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life has been named to the 2015 Texas Lone Star Reading List!

Thank you, Texas Librarians, for all your support!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October Adventures with the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

How is it late October?!

The fall is flying by, and just to make it fly even faster, we have some amazing events (and book launches and big news) we want to share with you...

Don Tate
Last week in Springfield, Illinois, Don gave the keynote address at the Illinois Library Association Youth Services Author Breakfast, followed by an enthusiastic book signing. As the 2015 artist for iRead Summer Reading Program, Don's artwork, Read to the Rhythm, will be used by librarians and students nationwide.

The next day, Don addressed students at the Chicago Public Library, where all of 800 students received a package of books, thanks to Bernie's Book Bank.

If you will be visiting the Texas Book Festival this weekend, Don invites you to join him and an esteemed group of authors in a discussion of diversity. The  #WeNeedDiverse Books panel will take place on Saturday at noon, in the sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca St.), with authors Pat Mora, Andrea Pinkney, Jacqueline Woodson, Tim Tingle, and Diane Gonzales Bertrand.
(Don Tate signs Read to the Rhythm posters at the Illinois Library Association conference)

In July, Don finished illustrations for his next book, Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton of Chapel Hill(Peachtree, 2015). This will be Don's first authored andillustrated book! In addition, he won a BOOK LAUNCH award-$2,000.00!-from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The money will allow him to take the book on a national book tour next year.

For Don, school visits and literary presentations will take off first thing this September, when he presents at schools in Round Rock, Texas; Delray Beach, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; and Springfield, Illinois! Please contact him early to inquire about his lively and interactive school visits.

Emma Virjan
Emma Virj√°n is pleased to announce May 12, 2015 is the release date for What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig.
Stay tuned for more Pig News.
You can learn more about Pig and see more of Emma's artworkon her site here.

Jeanette Larson
Jeanette Larson will participate in the ESC Region 2 Technology Conference on November 4 in Corpus Christi. If you are in the area, stop by to say hello. On November 8 Jeanette will be at the Overlooked Books booth at the McAllen Book Festival, McAllen, TX.

As part of the YALSA YA Literature Symposium, Jeanette will participate in the Book Blitz on Saturday, November 15 in Austin. Registered participants receive tickets to get free books from participating authors.
Jessica Lee Anderson
Jessica Lee Anderson enjoyed speaking on a panel with PJ Hoover at the ESC-20 Library Resource Roundup!  Jessica loves spending time with friends and making new ones, even the most unlikely of friends. (Hello, Snake!)  She's looking forward to visiting with students at several upcoming school visits.  Don't hesitate to contact Jessica if you're interested in a school visit or a writing workshop!  Not only does she still have some availability for the fall and the spring, she's also offering discounts.  Please contact her at Jessica Lee Anderson for more information. 


Jo Whittemore
Jo Whittemore is honored to be moderating a panel at Texas Book Festival entitled "Do You Believe in Magic?" from 1:15pm-2:15pm on Saturday, October 25th in Capitol Extension Room E2.026.

Jo will also be doing a joint book release tour in March 2015 with author Cory Putman Oakes. 
She'll be offering a "two authors for the price of one" deal on school visits! Contact her for more info.  
Kari Anne Holt
Kari's October is barreling by at warp speed. She is so excited to announce the launch of her new book, RHYME SCHEMER, a middle grade novel-in-verse. 

RHYME SCHEMER has received some lovely reviews, which is always very exciting. 

"A strong anti-bullying message. Ideal for classroom use."
School Library Journal

"This transformative tale offers important lessons for all persuasions of middle graders, whether bullies or targets, complicit or horrified bystanders."
Kirkus Reviews

"Poetry-writing seventh-grade bully both is believable and sympathetic, and his voice rings totally authentic."


Kari is having a joint book launch with author Chris Barton, to celebrate the release of her book, RHYME SCHEMER, and his book, ATTACK! BOSS! CHEAT CODE! If you'll be in the Austin area on Saturday, November 1st at 2pm, stop by Book People for a fun party.

Kari is also busy at work on her next two releases, HOUSE ARREST (Chronicle, 2015) and RED MOON RISING (McElderry, S&S, 2016).


If you're planning to stop by the Texas Book Festival (October 25-26), Kari will be on the Poetry For You panel with authors Jacqueline Woodson and Isabel Quintero at the Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca) on Saturday the 25th from 2:30-3:30. They will all be signing books directly after the panel.

P.J. Hoover

P. J. Hoover is thrilled to share two new wonderful reviews for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE! Other reviews and more information about the book can be found on her website.

"Cleverly funny, rich in Egyptian history, and intriguingly fast-paced, Tut brilliantly blends fantasy with thoughtfully constructed characterization to create a story that will beguile fans of modern-day mythology."

"Hoover's fun interpretations of Egyptian gods and goddesses, frenetic pace, and appropriately modern snark propel this highly entertaining adventure."

Huge thank you to Texas librarians for nominating TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE for the Lone Star list!
September was a wonderful whirlwind month for P. J. Hoover. Following the release of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, P. J. spent much of the time on the road, traveling to schools and presenting at conferences.
P. J. spent a week presenting to students at Curtis Middle School and Ford Middle School in Allen, TX. Thank you to librarians Kay Hawkins and Morgan LeFevre for inviting P. J. back for the third year in a row!

P. J. next flew to Tampa, FL where she delivered the keynote address for the annual TBAWP (Tampa Bay Area Writing Project) Fall Conference. P. J. spoke to a group of about 200 educators about the importance of enjoying the journey rather than focusing on the destination.

Fall is the time for those wonderful regional librarian conferences, and P. J. enjoyed presenting at Region 13, Region 3, and Region 20 (along with Texas Sweetheart Jessica Lee Anderson). P. J. presented on cross-curriculum, combining reading with things like book trailer creation, video game creation, and Minecraft. Her hopes are to promote out-of-the-box ideas to get and keep kids excited about reading.


Thank you to Laurel Mountain Elementary School and librarian David Jurecka for supporting TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE with a wonderful pre-order campaign! I appreciate you guys!
Along with cooler weather, October brought Austin Comic Con! P. J. Hoover (along with Texas authors Joy Preble, Cory Putman Oakes, Madeline Smoot, and Texas Sweetheart Jo Whittemore) dressed up in costume and sold books at the Writing Ninjas of Texas booth. P. J. was delighted when San Antonio librarians Dana Hutchins and Lorrie Roussin stopped by the booth to say hi! P. J. also participated in a panel on using martial arts in writing fight scenes.


Look for P. J. Hoover at the Texas Book Festival! She will be on the Adventure is Out There panel with authors Michael Fry and S. S. Taylor on Saturday, October 25th at 2:30 in Capital Extension Room E.2.026. Book signing will follow immediately in the author signing tent.

P. J. brushed off her computer programming skills again, this time releasing CASTLE OF DOOM! (a video game she originally wrote back in college) on Scratch. Please consider sharing Scratch and P. J.'s games with your students. Scratch is used widely in schools to get kids excited about learning computer programming skills. You can find more information about Scratch and P. J.'s games on her website.

This month P. J. looks forward to school visits in both Houston and Austin! Please contact P. J. if you are interested in having her visit your school or speak to your group!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to School with the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

Welcome Back!

We missed you over the summer break! Did you eat your weight in watermelon?  Why not??

We've got some amazing things happening to kick off the school year: new books, new talks, and new news in general!

Don Tate
It was a busy summer for Don. In June, he attended the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Las Vegas, signing books and posters for various publishers. The highlight of his weekend was attending the Newbery-Caldecott awards banquet and the Coretta Scott King awards breakfast. 
"The only thing more exciting than witnessing Brian Floca accept a Caldecott for Locomotive, was sharing the evening with so many enthusiastic librarians," said Don.

In July, Don finished illustrations for his next book, Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton of Chapel Hill (Peachtree, 2015). This will be Don's first authored andillustrated book! In addition, he won a BOOK LAUNCH award-$2,000.00!-from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The money will allow him to take the book on a national book tour next year.

For Don, school visits and literary presentations will take off first thing this September, when he presents at schools in Round Rock, Texas; Delray Beach, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; and Springfield, Illinois! Please contact him early to inquire about his lively and interactive school visits.

Emma Virjan
Emma is pleased to reveal the cover of her upcoming picture book, What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig(HarperCollins, Summer 2015).
You can learn more about Pig and see more of Emma's artwork on her site here.

Jeanette Larson

Jeanette will share ways for writers to use their virtual library card to do research at the Austin SCBWI chapter's Fall Workshop: Research for Fiction, Non-fiction and Historical Fiction Writers on September 13.
She'll also be talking about hummingbirds at the Port O'Connor branch of Calhoun County Library on September 16. This coincides with the annual migration of the hummingbirds through the Coastal Bend area of Texas.
Jessica Lee Anderson
Jessica had an amazing time visiting and giving a talk at her alma mater, Hollins University.  And what better way to top off the presentation? Glitter Mehndi by talented Hollins student, Kassy Keppol!  
Jessica is offering a limited number of discounted visits in the Austin and San Antonio area, so please contact her for more information. 
Jo Whittemore
Jo has ARCs of Colonial Madness (Aladdin, February 2015)!
Want a chance to win one? Email her with the name of the first permanent English colony in America!
 Jo will also be speaking along with Kari Holt on a panel at the Writers' League of Texas monthly meeting Thursday, August 21st, 7pm at BookPeople. The subject? Writing for tweens!
Kari Holt
Kari had a thrilling time at ALA, signing advanced copies of her upcoming verse novel Rhyme Schemer (Chronicle, October 2014), and reading during the Poetry Blast. It was wonderful to meet so many librarians and educators!

Kari will be joining several other middle grade authors at theHulen Center Barnes & Noble in Fort Worth on Sunday, August 17th at 4:00. They will be discussing world-building in middle grade novels. Please drop by for a great discussion!
She will also be participating on a middle grade panel in Round Rock at the Book Spot on Monday, August 18th at 6:30. Prepare for some fun trivia questions and awesome prizes!
To round out a busy month, Kari will be on a Writers' League of Texas panel at Book People in Austin, on Thursday, August 21st at 7pm. The authors will be discussing writing for tweens. Come by for a great conversation!
Mark your calendars, and keep an eye out for fun book launch events online and in Austin, coming soon. 
P.J. Hoover
P. J. is thrilled to share some wonderful reviews for her upcoming middle grade book TUT: The Story of My Immortal Life (Starscape/Tor, September 16, 2014):

"The entertaining premise and fast pace keep this adventure on track, while the way Hoover reimagines the Egyptian pantheon ... is pleasantly reminiscent of Rick Riordan's work." - Publishers Weekly

"A pyramid history buffs and fantasy fans will delight in excavating." -Kirkus

P. J. is also excited to share the book trailer for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE.


P. J. loved presenting at the recent Region 13 ESC Library and Literary Summit here in Austin. Her presentation was titled "Beyond the Book: Creative Ways to Link Curriculum and Reading" and P. J. spoke on linking Minecraft and Video Games with reading among other things. Curriculum activities for P. J.'s books can be found on her website.

P. J. would love to visit your school! Please contact P. J. today for school visit inquiries. There is still a bit of room in her fall schedule. Information on her school visits can be found here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sliding Into Summer

The school year is winding down and summer is around 
the corner. Before the last bell rings, The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels want to thank you for another great school year. 
Thanks for inviting us into your classrooms and your continued support of our books. We look forward to the next school year! Have a fantastic summer.

We have a busy summer planned, including signings at the
American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, June 26 - July 1. We'd love to see you there.
ALA Schedule    

Don Tate
On Saturday, June 28, Don will sign It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw at the Lee and Low Books booth (#626) from 10 a.m. to 10:40

Immediately following at 11:00, he will sign The Cart That Carried Martin at the Charlesbridge Publishing booth (#557).

P.J. Hoover
 Saturday, June 28, 10:39-11:30 - Children's & Teen Author Speed Dating Event

Saturday, June 28, 1:00-3:30 - YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Feedback Session
Sunday, June 29, 8:30-10:00 - YALSA's Coffee Klatch
Sunday, June 29, 1:00-2:00 - Book Signing at Cbay 
Books Booth
Sunday, June 29, 3:00-4:00 - Book Signing at Tor/Macmillan Booth

Kari Holt 
 Kari will be signing ARCs of RHYME SCHEMER in the Chronicle booth on Saturday, June 28th, and she'll be participating in the Poetry Blast at 3pm on Sunday,  
June 29th.   

News and Updates 
Jessica Lee Anderson 
Jessica Lee Anderson had an incredible visit at the Alternative Learning Center! She's been working on a variety of projects and has four educational books for young readers in the pipeline.

KA Holt 
KA Holt is super excited to announce her latest book deal! From Publisher's Weekly:

"Karen Wojtyla at Margaret K. McElderry Books has acquired K.A. Holt's Red Moon Rising, pitched as Firefly meets Little House on the Prairie. In the novel, a feisty 13-year-old becomes an unwitting pawn in the standoff between her struggling colony and the enclave of aliens who may be something quite different than they seem. The book is slated for early 2016 publication. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal for North American rights."

This book will follow the release of HOUSE ARREST, a middle grade novel in verse releasing in Fall 2015 from Chronicle Books, and RHYME SCHEMER, also a middle grade novel in verse releasing from Chronicle Book on October 14th, 2014.

P.J. Hoover 
Thank you to all those who entered P. J. Hoover 's

It was wonderful to hear from so many of you with such enthusiasm! The winners of the ARCs are Keri Rabe (Round Rock ISD), Lorrie Roussin
(North East ISD), Jo Martin (New Caney ISD), Suzanne Webb (Houston ISD), and Cheryl Michulka (Pflugerville ISD).
Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation sponsored a school visit for P. J. Hoover to visit the students of Grisham Middle School. Thank you to wonderful librarians Diane Hance for such amazing hospitality and a great event! 


P. J. still has limited availability in her May schedule for those looking for a last minute author visit. If you are considering a visit for the 2014-2015 school year, pleasecontact P. J. now. She would love to visit you school! P. J. speaks to students 3rd grade through high school

Don Tate
Recently, THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN, a book that Don illustrated for Eve Bunting (Charlesbridge), was named to the International Reading Association's Teacher's Choices 2014. 

In addition, HOPE'S GIFT, a book that he illustrated for Kelly Starling Lyons (Penguin), was named to The International Reading Association's Children's Choices 2014 list. Such an honor!

But that's not all. IT JES' HAPPENED, mentioned above, was a finalist for the Children's Crown Award.

Don will wind down the year this week in North Texas, where he will speak at Alice Ponder Elementary (Mansfield), Tarver Rendon (Mansfield) Elementary, and Walnut Glen Academy (Garland). 

School Visits for the Fall of 2014
As both an award-winning author and illustrator (and former book designer), Don is in the unique position to discuss all aspects of the book making process. Where do authors get their ideas? Why is revision necessary? And do illustrators also revise? These questions and many more are answered through a lively, interactive and entertaining presentation.  Contact Don personally at this link.

You can also contact him through his booking agent, Carmen Oliver, at  theBooking Biz!

Don Tate presented at Barnes & Noble, Garland, Texas, Educator Appreciation Day, April 2014.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Celebrate the Texas Library Association Annual Conference with The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels look forward to TLA all year, and it's finally here! We hope you all will come by our annual reception and say hi (and of course, maybe grab a cookie or two)!

Our complete schedule is below, including currently published book signings, ARC signings, and more. Please make sure to mention you read our newsletter when you come by! And be prepared to tell us whether you are a Sweetheart or a Scoundrel :)

***TLA Schedule***  


Monday, April 7th

Wednesday, April 9th
  • 10:15-11:00 - P. J. Hoover & Jessica Lee Anderson book signing - Booth 2522 (Overlooked Books booth)     

  • 10:15-11:00 - Don Tate -
    THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN signing - Author area

  • 11:00-12:00 - Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels Annual Reception - Booth 2522 (Overlooked Books Booth)

  • Odd Girl In 11:00-12:00 - Jo Whittemore book signing - Booth 2243 (Book Festivals of Texas booth)

  • 2:00-3:00 - Don Tate -
    THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN signing - Charlesbridge Booth 2440

  • 3:00-4:00 - P. J. Hoover & Jessica Lee Anderson book signing - Booth 2243 (Book Festivals of Texas booth)

  • 4:00-5:00 - K. A. Holt -
    RHYME SCHEMER ARC signing - Author area

Thursday, April 10th
  • 9:00-10:00 - Don Tate book signing - Booth 2522
    (Overlooked Books booth)   

  • 9:30-10:00 - TT4L Event - P. J. Hoover, K. A. Holt

  • 10:45-11:15 - P. J. Hoover -
    TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE ARC signing - Tor/Macmillan Booth 1448

  • 11:00-12:00 - Don Tate READ TO THE RHYTHM poster signing - Booth 1835 (iREAD booth)

  • 12:00-2:00 -YART Texas Tea Event - P. J. Hoover, K. A. Holt

 See you there!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Forward with The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

Spring Forward with 
The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels! 
 Following a colder than normal winter, many Texans are experiencing cabin fever. But the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels are not waiting on Mother Nature to heat things up. Each and every one of us - P.J., Jessica, Kari, Jo, Jeanette, and Don -has a burning desire to inspire young children and teens to read more books. So we are saying goodbye to winter hibernation and turning up the heat on our already busy schedules, in order to reach more kids.

Here is a look at what is happening now, and what is ahead:
March has been a busy and exciting month for P. J. Hoover. First, and foremost, P. J. is thrilled to reveal the cover for her brand new middle grade novel, TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Macmillan, September 16, 2014). TUT is the story of King Tut (yes, the boy king), but he's fourteen, immortal, and lives in modern-day Washington, D.C with his one-eyed cat, Horus. When his crazy uncle Horemheb shows up after being locked in a tomb for 3000 years, Tut enlists the help of the dorky kid from school who wants to be his best friend and the mysterious new girl who's got secrets of her own.
A Common Core guide for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE can be found here.
P. J. braved ice and snow to spend a wonderful week in Mansfield, Texas visiting intermediate and middle schools. She visited four schools in all (T. A. Howard MS, Jobe MS, Wester MS, and Lillard Intermediate School), met some wonderful librarians and teachers, and had a fantastic time talking with kids about her books, her path to writing, and what it's like to be an author. P. J. still has room available during May if you're interested in a school visit for this school year, and she is also actively booking school visits and speaking events for next fall, so please contact P. J. if you think you might be interested in a school visit. More information on P. J.'s visits can be found on her visits page.
with Marsha Riti, Amy Farrier, Samantha Clark, Cynthia Leitich Smith, & Jeff Crosby Photo credit: Greg Leitich Smith
Just before spring break, P. J. spoke at the monthly Austin SCBWI meeting on the topic of World Building. She covered everything from Terry Pratchett to the Hobbit and loved the crowd that turned out for the event. Thank you! She's looking forward to attending the April monthly meeting featuring Austin librarians on a panel talking about school visits.
In other news, P. J. discovered West Texas over spring break on a family road trip visiting Fort Davis, Pecos, Carlsbad Caverns, and Roswell. Texas is an amazing state with so much to offer, and it's wonderful living here!

Jessica Lee Anderson looks forward to visiting the Alternative Learning Center in Austin on April 17, 2014.  Jessica offers programs for all ages and still has availability this spring.  Don't hesitate to contact her for more information.  
Kari is excited to announce a redesign to her website: Swing by and check it out! She's also thrilled to have been able to take sneak peek at the new discussion guide created for her forthcoming middle grade novel, RYHME SCHEMER (October 2014, Chronicle). The discussion guide and ARCs of RHYME SCHEMER will be available at the TLA conference next month. Woo!

Photo by Frances Woolsey, Doss Elementary
Educator Open House and Presentation
Don will speak next month at Barnes & Noble in Garland, Texas (Firewheel Towne Center), as a part of their Educator Appreciation Day, on Saturday April 19. The event runs from 10 to 12 a.m. Educators will receive free materials for their classrooms and refreshments will be served. Be sure to register for prizes. In addition to a chance to win a NOOK and a $500 gift card from B&N, Don will give away one half-day school presentation. Yes, Don will present at your school at no cost! 
A book signing will follow the B&N event. See here for more information.

In addition, Don would like to visit schools on the two days leading up the the event. For that reason - and because of the short notice - Don is offering a very reduced honorarium for those days (half day rate for a full day visit). Please
contact the Booking Biz to inquire and make arrangements.

Don's School Visits 

Don recently visited schools in the sandy town of Monahans, Texas. Yes, sand-and a lot of it! "The librarians there are super," Don said, "and the children are big readers. I was impressed."   

Don still has plenty of days open to book a school visit in April and May.


Jeanette Larson is currently booking public library and school presentations for the summer. In addition to talking about writing and reading, summer programs can include a craft activity. Kids enjoy making hummingbird Mardi Gras-style masks or hummingbird feeders. Jeanette is also pleased to announce that she is moving to the Coastal Bend area, making it easier to visit libraries in the Rio Grande Valley and other South Texas locations. Contact Jeanette at


Our Featured Sweetheart for this month is librarian Norma Chapa of Sunset Valley Elementary. Don Tate nominated Norma for no other reason than, "She has a kind spirit and I was touched by her heart and personal story."