Thursday, January 16, 2014


In the sentiments of Winnie the Pooh, 2014 feels like a grand adventure is about to begin. We're already exploding with good news!

Did you make any resolutions for 2014? Or did you resolve not to make any resolutions? Either way, we hope this will be a rewarding and grand year for you! One of our goals for this year is to connect with you, so check out the calendar sections on our websites to find out where we'll be. Please note that we're still scheduling school and library visits for this spring.  
Jo Whittemore is thrilled to announce the sale of SIX new books to Harper Collins for a humorous middle grade series, CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS, about students writing an advice column and all the ways it can go wrong. 

P. J. finished up 2013 with an amazing school visit at Gorzycki Middle School in Austin and started 2014 with an equally amazing school visit to Taylor Middle School! If you're considering an author visit at your school, please contact P. J.

P. J. is also getting excited for her next book. TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE will be released September 16, 2014 from Tor/Starscape. More details to come, but copyedits are done (!), the cover is currently being designed (P. J. just had a sneak peak at a cover sketch), and P. J. is hard at work at a secret project tied into the book. Go, King Tut!

Jeanette invites you to check out her blog, Bird Brainz, where she talks about birding and books. For those of you around the Texas Coastal Bend area, Jeanette will be spending more time birding in your area, making it easier to book school visits! 
New Author-Illustrator Photos!
Over the holidays, Don had new author-illustrator photos taken by the wonderful Sam Bond Photography. For school visits or other literary events, feel free to download photos from his website.
 The Cart That Carried Martin giveaway
In honor of Black History Month, Don will give away two signed copies of his newest book with Eve Bunting, The Cart That Carried Martin. The books will be signed by both Don and Eve! Two ways to enter the drawing:  #1: Like Don's Facebook page and be sure to leave a comment anywhere mentioning the giveaway. #2: Simply send Don an email and he'll enter you in the drawing. The drawing will be held on February 4, and the winners announced on his blog. Due to shipping costs, books will be shipped to US mailing addresses only.
The book was recently reviewed in the New York Times with Don's art for the final spread prominently displayed.  How exciting!
It was an ordinary cart pulled by ordinary mules. On the day of Dr. Martin Luther King's funeral, that humble cart carried greatness. On April 9th, 1968, on the streets of Atlanta, that cart carried the body of Dr. Martin Luther King. A crowd of tens of thousands of people followed behind.
"An affecting snapshot of a tragic day." - Kirkus Reviews
School visits
Don's first school visit kicks off in North Texas! He will present his school visit program to students at Taylor Elementary in Grapevine, Texas on January 16, and to students at Colleyville Elementary in Colleyville, Texas, on the 17th. Plenty of dates are still open for school visits during the months of March, April and May. Please contact Don early to book school library visits.
" Thank you again . . . Your presentations were outstanding!
Library Media Specialist/CTL, NISD
Kari is looking forward to the release of new her book, RHYME SCHEMER, in the fall, and she is busy drafting her latest book, HOUSE ARREST, due out in fall 2015.
Jessica Lee Anderson also has a new author photo!

Jessica recently completed a fun work-for-hire project for an educational publisher focused on emergent readers.  Jessica has published stories from Pre-K to YA and offers a variety of school and library presentations appropriate for each grade level.  She's a former certified teacher and is quite passionate about education! Please visit her website for more information about visits.
Jessica is also pleased to announce she's now represented by Erzsi Deak at Hen & Ink Literary Studio. 
Jessica Lee Anderson's little Sweetheart is a huge fan of Emma Virjan's NACHO THE PARTY PUPPY! 
Thanks to Emma for the banner design!