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!