Monday, March 23, 2015

Latest from the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels

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!

Latest News

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. 
Teen Bookfest by the Bay authors
Jeanette Larson

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 Jeanette also enjoys working with festivals, birding festivals or book festivals. Contact her at

P.J. Hoover

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!

Best present ever

Don Tate

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 .


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.  
Diversity Panelists
Jessica still has spring availability for spring school visits, so don't hesitate to contact her 

Jo Whittemore

Jo celebrated the official release of Colonial Madness by having a dual launch party with fellow Austin author Nikki Loftin. 

Jo & Nikki sign books for the audience

Jo makes colonial crafts with the kids
After the book launch party, Jo embarked on a dual book tour with another Austin author, Cory Putman Oakes.

Cory and Jo in Dallas
Emma Virján

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



This month, our Featured Sweetheart is...

Julie Todaro,
Dean of Library Services. Austin Community College.

Julie started her library career as a children's and young adult librarian and she has contributed to the profession in many ways, including as a founding member of the Texas Bluebonnet Award.  As dean of Austin Community College's libraries, Julie works with high school students who are taking college level courses while completing high school and provides information literacy classes for graduating high school seniors. As a popular trainer, Julie incorporates youth services and children's literature into her courses. In her spare time, she works with Austin Settlement Club to help homeless children have a library.  And she is a candidate for president of the American Library Association!
Thank you, Julie, for being this month's Featured Sweetheart!
Keep your collection current
 One of the hardest tasks librarians face is weeding the collection. Research shows that a well-tended collection is used more than one that is full of outdated or irrelevant materials. Get tips for weeding from the CREW manual, updated by Sweetheart Jeanette Larson. It's free from the Texas State Library. A quick weed is to look for books that are MUSTIE--misleading, ugly, superseded, trivial, irrelevant, or available elsewhere.

We hope to see you all at the TLA conference in April. Our next newsletter will include our schedules and information about our reception!