Thursday, December 3, 2015

Happy Holidays from The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

Happy Holidays from The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!
Thank you all for a wonderful year of sharing the love of reading! We Texas Sweethearts (and Scoundrels) are honored by the wonderful, supportive reading community we are a part of. We appreciate you!
Holiday Signing

Please join P. J. Hoover, K. A. Holt, and Jo Whittemore for a Texas Sweethearts holiday signing at Austin's favorite cupcake shop, Cupprimo. Scoop up some presents while enjoying sweet treats! Books make amazing gifts and cupcakes are always in season :)

WHEN: Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 2:00-4:00
WHERE: Cupprimo, Austin, TX

*** Librarians will be treated to a complementary Hot Caramel Apple Cider or Small Coffee ***

*** Free cupcake with book purchase ***

Books + Cupcakes = Win!
Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca takes a break to #readtut
P. J. Hoover

P. J. is thrilled to announce that there will be a sequel to Texas Lone Star Book TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE! The sequel is scheduled for a March 2017 release.

P. J. had a wonderful fall visiting schools and speaking at librarian conferences. Thank you, librarians, for being so supportive! If you are interested in a school visit with P. J. Hoover, please contact her. She would love to visit!

The #readtut campaign continues to be a ton of fun! Don't forget to take a picture of someone reading TUT and post it online with hashtag #readtut. Everyone is doing it :)
Ms. Angela Holcek's second grade class (Elsa England Elementary) getting ready to introduce Emma Virján at the Texas Book Festival.
Emma Virján

Emma would like to thank all of the Texas librarians and teachers who have supported What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig this year.  An extra BIG shout out to Ms. Holcek's second grade class, not only for their wonderful introduction at this year's Texas Book Festival, but for volunteering to be The Pig in a Wig Players during the presentation.

Want more Pig in a Wig? What This Story Needs is a Hush and Shush will release in January, 2016. Publishers Weekly is calling it "...good-natured rhyming fun." Kirkus states that it's "... a book that will satisfy, even after many readings."
(from L to R) Emma Virjan, Jessica Lee Anderson, and P. J. Hoover
Jessica Lee Anderson

Jessica Lee Anderson is excited to announce she's signed a contract for five new chapter books with Rourke Educational Media! 

Jessica had a wonderful time signing books with PJ Hoover at Cupprimo and she looks forward to several upcoming school visits. She has a few remaining school visit openings this spring.

Jo Whittemore

Jo Whittemore is pleased to share a very sweet review from Publishers Weekly for Book 1 of the Confidentially Yours series, due to release in tandem with Book 2 on January 5, 2016.

"The banter and quips bouncing around among these classmates and friends energize the story, which reinforces the importance of recognizing one's limits, learning how to both take and give advice, and knowing how to be a good friend."

Eager readers will also receive a lovely completion certificate when they finish Books 1 & 2!

Visit Jo Whittemore's website for more information!
Don poses with a fan at NCSS
Don Tate

November was a busy traveling month for Don, which took him to Columbus, Minneapolis, New Orleans and Shreveport. He spoke, signed books, and presented at NCTE, NCSS, and AASL. While traveling, he was able to research and create sketches on his next book, STALEBREAD CHARLIE AND THE RAZZY DAZZY SPASAM BAND, which is set in old New Orleans. 

Don Tate's POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON has garnered two more honors. It was among Kirkus' Best-Of 2015 Picture Books, and a Best Multicultural Book of 2015, compiled by the Center for Multicultural Children's Literature.

Don will wind down his 2015 school visit program next week with a weeklong visit to Houston schools. At this time, he is looking to book school visits in April and May of 2016.

Visit Don Tate's website for more information!
K. A. Holt

KA Holt is excited to announce that her latest novel, HOUSE ARREST, is part of TLA's Spirit of Texas Reading Program for middle schools.

In other fantastic news, Kari has sold her first picture book, BECAUSE YOU'RE WONDERFUL, to Maria Modugno at Random House.

Kari is booking school visits for March, April and May. If you'd like to show your upper elementary grades or 6th or 7th graders that poetry can be fun (writing found poetry! writing zombie haiku!) please contact her.

Visit K. A. Holt's website for more information!
Jeanette Larson

Jeanette will be at the Laredo Book Festival on December 12th, 2015 at the Laredo Public Library. More information can be found on the festival website.

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