March is Roaring By!
It's finally Spring and the Sweethearts are happy to see nicer weather. We are looking forward to the wildflowers blooming, birds migrating, and some great events!
Signed Book Giveaway
Thank you to all who entered to win signed copies of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life by P. J. Hoover and Colonial Madness by Jo Whittemore. The winner is Cristofer Mattern! Please email us your mailing information and who you'd like us to sign the books to, and we will send them out.
This month we are offering up signed copies of Rhyme Schemer by Kari Holt and an ARC (advanced reader copy) of Don Tate's Poet.
To enter, please email us for your chance to win. And please forward on to others that you think may be interested also!
Teen Bookfest by the Bay
On a rainy, cold February day in Corpus Christi, P. J. Hoover and Jessica Lee Anderson had the honor of participating in the first annual Teen Bookfest by the Bay. Despite the weather, the festival was stellar in every way possible with an amazing committee and a fantastic turnout. Pat Anderson at Texas Overlooked Books did a great job handling book sales, and the community support helped make the festival a huge success.
Children's Services Today A Practical Guide for Librarians is finally out! If you are a new or aspiring children's librarian this is a great guide for learning all about what we do. You can read more about the book here.
Jeanette is booking school and library visits for spring and summer. Her book, Hummingbirds, is great for science learning and folklore writing. Activities and coloring sheets are online atjeanettelarson.com. Jeanette also enjoys working with festivals, birding festivals or book festivals. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This past month P. J. enjoyed visiting St. Stephen's school where she participated in the annual Literary Festival, speaking to 6th and 7th graders about her books and writing. She also visited Lampasas Middle School and High School where, in addition to presenting to students, she was able to have lunch with the book club who had just finished reading Solstice. Thank you, Book Club, for the amazing gift of a POMEGRANATE TREE! And thank you, Julie Salvato, for hosting such a wonderful author visit.
P. J. still has a couple May openings for school visits and is currently booking into next school year. If you are interested in a school visit for next year, please contact P. J. for information!www.pjhoover.com
Don Tate recently had the pleasure of touring schools in Nacogdoches, Houston, and Round Rock, Texas. Thank you, Texas librarians, for bringing students and authors together for a wonderful literacy experience! Check out the article and photos at http://www.nacisd.org/news/what_s_new/children_s_book_author_visits_district .
Jessica Lee Anderson
Jessica Lee Anderson had a wonderful time at the Teen Bookfest by the Bay along with fellow Sweetheart PJ Hoover (see article above). She was also honored to be speaking on a diversity panel at the Austin SCBWI Conference along with Sweethearts Emma Virjan, Jo Whittemore, and Don Tate.
Jessica still has spring availability for spring school visits, so don't hesitate to contact her at:www.jessicaleeanderson.com.
Jo celebrated the official release of Colonial Madness by having a dual launch party with fellow Austin author Nikki Loftin.
After the book launch party, Jo embarked on a dual book tour with another Austin author, Cory Putman Oakes.
Emma Virján and Team Pig are very excited that What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig, (HarperCollins) is getting ready to launch - May 12, 2015. You can pre-order a copy now. In the meantime, you can download fun Pig activities and learn more about this cute swine with Texas-big red hair.
Here is what reviewers are saying about Emma's book:
"In a story with the echoes of Seuss and Willems, Virjan offers a very funny lesson about the unreliability of narrators." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"A boatload of giggles will keep the reader returning for more easy-to-read fun" -Kirkus Reviews