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Tough Issues, Deep Impact at TLA

One of the highlights of this year’s Texas Library Association conference for me was my panel on Tough Issues – Deep Impact: How Middle Grade Books Can Inspire Empathy and Empower Young Readers. The topic is important to me, but the reason why this panel was a highlight is that the issue came up time…
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Going Local with Authors at TLA

The Texas Library Association convention was in my home town of Austin this year, and I was absolutely thrilled to attend as a speaker — and published author for the first time — speaking on topics that are dear to my heart: local authors and tough issues. Last year, I was on a panel for…
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Book Birthday Bash: Caterpillar Summer

  Happy Book Birthday to CATERPILLAR SUMMER! This beautifully honest, emotionally resonant debut tells the story of a girl, her brother with special needs, and the summer they will never forget. Since her father’s death, Cat has taken care of her brother, Chicken, for their hardworking mother—but on an unexpected island trip to visit grandparents…
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Book Birthday Bash: Noah Noasaurus

  Happy Book Birthday to NOAH NOASAURUS! In this picture book, Noah Noasaurus is grumpy and he woke up feeling very No. No to brushing his teeth. No to eating breakfast. And definitely No to playing with his little brother. Things only get worse when Noah goes for a walk and relentlessly cheerful Toby Rex,…
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Book Birthday Bash: Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler

  Happy Book Birthday to DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF COLOR: THE STORY OF HELEN FRANKENTHALER! In this picture book, they said only men could paint powerful pictures, but Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) splashed her way through the modern art world. Channeling deep emotion, Helen poured paint onto her canvas and danced with the colors to make…
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Book Birthday Bash: Let’s Have a Dog Party!

  Happy Book Birthday to LET’S HAVE A DOG PARTY! In this picture book, Kate and Frank are best friends. To celebrate Frank’s birthday, Kate throws him a party with all her favorite things: lots of friends, dancing in circles, loud singing, and sparkly confetti everywhere. But best friends don’t always have the same taste…
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Book Birthday Bash: Angel Thieves

  Happy Book Birthday to ANGEL THIEVES! Here’s a message from Kathi Appelt, author of this young adult novel: “I’d love for you to know my large cast of characters, both contemporary and historical, human and not, in a story set along the banks of the Buffalo Bayou in Houston, TX. Each one is trying…
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Book Birthday Bash: Lola Shapes the Sky

  Happy Book Birthday to LOLA SHAPES THE SKY! In this picture book’s birthday, which means there’s a new playful, artistic cloud in the sky. Unfortunately, Thor wants Lola to focus on making weather. Lola wants to embrace being who she is, and that is definitely not a weather-maker. We’re so happy you’re at our…
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Book Birthday Bash: Bone Hollow

  Happy Book Birthday to BONE HOLLOW! In this middle-grade novel, death is only the beginning… In retrospect, it was foolish to save that chicken. On the roof. In the middle of a thunder storm. But what choice did Gabe have? If he hadn’t tried to rescue Ms. Cleo’s precious pet, she would’ve kicked him…
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Book Birthday Bash: This Book Is Spineless

  Happy Book Birthday to THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS! THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS and afraid of the story on its pages. But today is its book birthday, so let’s celebrate and encourage the book to turn the page! We’re so happy you’re at our party for the picture book THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS. Join in…
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