Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wishing you a lovely fall from The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

We've got a case of fall fever, even if the weather hasn't quite cooled off.
Besides the excitement of pumpkin spice lattes making a return, we have lots of thrilling news to share, fun festival events and school visits to look forward to, plus giveaways!
As always, we thank you for reading and staying connected.  
Our Texas Book Festival Schedule
P. J. Hoover:
  • October 17, 2015, 1:00-1:45 pm - "In a World" Panel  
K.A. Holt:
  • October 17, 2015, 4:00-4:45 pm - "Ink Blots" Panel
Emma Virjan:
  • October 18, 2015, 1:00-1:30 pm - Read Me a Story Tent
Don Tate:
  • October 18, 2015, 3:30-4:00 pm - Read Me a Story Tent

Latest News

Jessica Lee Anderson

Jessica is thrilled to announce the release of 5 mystery chapter books from Rourke Educational Media. The books appeal to 2nd-5th graders and are connected yet stand alone. They are also perfect for your early fluent reader! Each mystery has educational components such as character interviews, discussion questions, and writing prompts.
Jessica is available for school visits and is now offering a mystery writing workshop for small groups and "The Mysteries of the Writing Life" for larger groups.  If you book a school visit before Halloween, she will include a set of the five mysteries. Contact Jessica for more information.
P. J. Hoover

P. J. Hoover (and Starscape/Macmillan) are giving away a classroom set of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE! It's easy to enter, and there are ways to get multiple entries. With loads of curriculum tie-ins, TUT is a great choice to get both kids and educators excited about reading and learning. For all the details on this amazing offer, please visit the giveaway page found here.


What's the craziest thing you can do while reading TUT? Where is the craziest place you can be while reading TUT? Snap a picture of yourself doing it and post it with the hashtag #readtut and share it with all your friends on social media.(Keep it safe. Keep it clean.) Encourage the kids at your schools to do the same. And thank you for your TUT support!

#readtut Cynthia Leitich Smith reads TUT while Kwame Alexander and e. E. Charlton-Trujillo look up to the sky

 P. J. Hoover has kicked off the school year with some amazing visits, including Austin Discovery School, Walsh Middle School in Round Rock, TX, Ford and Curtis Middle Schools in Allen, TX, the Region 20 Library Conference in San Antonio, TX, and the first annual Mansfield Book Festival in Mansfield, TX. P. J. would love to visit your school or festival. For information and availability, please contact P. J.
Look for P. J. Hoover at the following places. She would love to see you!
  • October 7, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm - Barnes & Noble Palms Crossing Mall, McAllen, TX
  • October 9, 2015 - Region 1 Library Fall Media Conference, South Padre Island, TX
  • October 16, 2015 - Region 13 Library Roundup, Austin, TX
  • October 17, 2015, 1:00-1:45 pm - Texas Book Festival, "In a World" Panel, Austin, TX
  • October 22, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm - Barnes & Noble Northwoods, San Antonio, TX
  • October 30-31, 2015 - Austin Comic Con, Austin, TX
Emma Virj√°n

Come watch the What This Story Need is a Pig in a Wig trailer here! 
Don't miss your chance to get to know Pig at the Texas Book Festival at 1:00 on Sunday 10/18. 
K. A. Holt

Kari has some great news to share this month: her newest novel, GNOMEAGEDDON has been sold to McElderry Books editor Karen Wojtyla, with a tentative publication date of fall 2017.
In further exciting news, Kari's middle grade novel in verse, HOUSE ARREST, will be released on October 6th!
Also in October, the ebook of RHYME SCHEMER will be available for $1.99 as part of Chronicle Book's Eye Candy Best of the Best promotion.
 If you're going to be Austin for the Texas Book Festival, check out Kari's panel, Ink Blots.
Also at the festival, Kari will be typing spontaneous custom poems on a vintage typewriter as part ofTypewriter Rodeo.

Don Tate
Don Tate launched his new book, POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where the story is set. Don also had the opportunity to meet many Horton's descendants, who turned out to get a signed copy of the book. "It was such an honor to meet Horton's family, and put a book about their relative in their hands," Tate said.
A CCSS Activity Guide, a FREEDOM AS WORDS Poetry Guide, and a TEKS Curriculum guide are all available for the book for free download
Northside Elementary, in Pittsboro, NC, recaps their full dayschool visit with Don.
Texas Book Festival
Don Tate and Chris Barton will be featured authors at next month's Texas Book Festival. They will present their books, THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH and POET, on Sunday, October 18 at the Children's Read Me a Story Tent.
School Visits
Don's fall school visit schedule is now all booked up. He is now booking library visits for the winter and spring. Book early, we want to get everyone in! Thank you, Texas librarians, for your support!

Jo Whittemore      

Jo is excited to share the covers for the first two books in the Confidentially Yours series, coming January 5, 2016: Brooke's Not-So Perfect-Plan and Vanessa's Fashion Face-Off. Stay tuned for a giveaway!
Jo will also be available for school visits this year and would love to share the joy of reading and writing with your students. More info can be found here:



This month, our Featured Sweetheart is...

Jennifer Coleman at Murchison Elementary in Pflugerville ISD

because of her innovative ideas and the way she gets students jazzed about reading! She isn't afraid to wear an electric blue wig to spread book love.

Thank you, Jennifer, for being this month's Featured Sweetheart!
 Encourage your students to write reviews of the books they're reading.Reviews matter to readers,  authors, and illustrators, plus it is a great way to get your students analyzing and writing! The students can get creative with their reviews such as making "student selection cards" by decorating an index card which can then be displayed on the book shelf. Here are some review tips: start with a brief yet lively description of the book, discuss reactions and connections (no spoilers!), and make suggestions for who the book would be a good fit for or recommendations for related books. 


Here's to pumpkin flavored treats and a happy fall for everyone!