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1. John Roy and George and Don and me

To commemorate Black History Month, the Texas Book Festival has posted an interview with Don Tate and me about his book Poet: The Remarkable True Story of George Moses Horton and our book The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. Here’s a bit of what Don has to say about the stories he wants to […]

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2. A special guest in the audience

The first slide in my school-visit presentation lists a number of things I am in addition to being an author, and one of them is “son.” “Usually,” I told an audience of second- and third-graders last Friday at Holiday Heights Elementary, “you have to take my word for it.” But not that day. Friday marked […]

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3. Interview and four-book giveaway with Karen Blumenthal and Cynthia Levinson

The research and writing efforts that Karen Blumenthal and Cynthia Levinson put into their mid-2015 nonfiction publications — Tommy: The Gun That Changed America and Watch Out for Flying Kids!: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community, respectively — would have been plenty impressive on their own. But this […]

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4. Many thanks to Joe McDermott and Phil Bildner

The recent KidLit TV segment on Modern First Library would not have happened without the enthusiastic support of my friends Phil Bildner and Joe McDermott. Phil’s role was obvious — he was on-camera with me and BookPeople‘s Meghan Goel. But what part did Joe play? Well, who do you think was behind the camera? That’s […]

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5. Recognition, celebration, validation

Here’s to the end of 2015, everybody. I hope you’ve had a satisfying year, and that no matter how well things have gone, it’s wrapping up for you on a positive note. If you’re reading this, you’re one of the reasons I feel so fortunate to be doing what I do. Thank you for taking […]

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6. My Nutcrackerrific trip to Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune interviewed me a couple of weeks ago about ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America, but I’ve done more in Utah this month than just appear in print. Considering that it was dance-loving Utah brothers Willam, Harold, and Lew Christensen who made The Nutcracker into a US holiday tradition, what better time and […]

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7. Dear Book Nerds…

…I’m a guest co-host on the latest episode of the Dear Book Nerd podcast!

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8. Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair on Saturday, December 12

What’s not to love about getting signed copies of The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America, and books by 22 other talented Texas folks — especially when those books are sold at a discount and sales benefit Texas libraries? The answer, my friends, is nothing. Hope to see you in […]

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9. Join Jennifer and me in supporting the Giving Tree

On Saturday, December 5, Jennifer and I will celebrate the release of our new holiday-themed books — her Revenge of the Angels and my ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America — with an open-to-the-public event at Austin’s BookPeople benefiting the store’s Giving Tree charity program. Giving Tree provides a way for BookPeople customers to provide books […]

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10. Modern First Library on KidLit TV

Modern First Library — the program that BookPeople and I began last year to encourage the purchase of diverse new titles along with classic picture books — was featured this past Friday on KidLit TV, with children’s buyer Meghan Goel and me interviewed about the program by author, pal, and all-around dynamo Phil Bildner. I’m […]

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11. Giving Back for the Holidays, Part 3: BookSpring

When Jennifer and I celebrate our new holiday-themed books with an event at Austin’s BookPeople on December 5, we’re going to spotlight the store’s annual Giving Tree charity program. Guests buying any hardcover children’s book to donate to Giving Tree will be in the running for the giveaway of signed sets of Jennifer’s Revenge of […]

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12. Giving Back for the Holidays, Part 2: Saint Louise House

When Jennifer and I celebrate our new holiday-themed books with an event at Austin’s BookPeople on December 5, we’re going to spotlight the store’s annual Giving Tree charity program. Guests buying any hardcover children’s book to donate to Giving Tree will be in the running for the giveaway of signed sets of Jennifer’s Revenge of […]

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13. Giving Back for the Holidays, Part 1: Women’s Storybook Project of Texas

When Jennifer and I celebrate our new holiday-themed books with an event at Austin’s BookPeople on December 5, we’re going to spotlight the store’s annual Giving Tree charity program. Guests buying any hardcover children’s book to donate to Giving Tree will be in the running for the giveaway of signed sets of Jennifer’s Revenge of […]

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14. Comment on Four new books from me in 2016 by Chris Barton

Thanks, Rob! Y’all will have a lot of reading to catch up on when you come home…

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Whoa! Nicely done, Chris.

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16. Four new books from me in 2016

Now that the cover of my next book with Don Tate has been revealed, I can show it off here, too. But why stop with just that one? Through a combination of flukes, good fortune, and starting my work at 5 a.m. far more often than not, I’ve got four new picture books coming out […]

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17. Mr. Schu goes Whoosh!

Over at Watch. Connect. Read., Mr. Schu is unveiling the cover of Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. That’s my upcoming picture book with Don Tate, the follow up to our first collaboration, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. Whoosh!, a biography of the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, comes out […]

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18. Hear me on the Picturebooking podcast

Nick Patton hosted me this week for an interview on the newest edition of his Picturebooking podcast. I loved talking with Nick about ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch and about being married to my favorite author in the whole world, as well as answering his curveballier questions. […]

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19. Q&A with R. Gregory Christie, author and illustrator of Mousetropolis

I’ve been an admirer of R. Gregory Christie for years, and that appreciation only grew when he provided the art for Don Tate’s debut as an author, It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw. With that book about one artist written by yet another artist, Gregory was literally an illustrator’s illustrator. But he’s […]

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20. Another weekend, another event with Don Tate (and, soon, another book!)

This Sunday at 3 p.m., attendees of the Texas Book Festival here in Austin can find Don and me sharing The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch in the Read Me a Story tent. It will be terrific seeing Don again, since we haven’t shared a stage since … well, last Saturday, when he and […]

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21. Amazing Age on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

A few weeks ago I received some news that it’s been just killing me not to share with you. It was finally made public this past weekend at the Texas Book Festival, and I’m exhilarated to at last be able to tell you that… …The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch has been named to […]

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22. All the college kidlit conferences (as of October 2015)

Or, more formally, “A Comprehensive List of U.S. College- and University-Sponsored or -Hosted Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conferences, Festivals, and Symposia.” (All of them that I could find, anyway). A few years ago, I was looking for such a list, wondered why I couldn’t find one, and decided to just go ahead and make […]

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23. Comment on A comprehensive list of U.S. college- and university-sponsored or -hosted children’s and young adult literature conferences, festivals, and symposia by Chris Barton

Thank you, Susan! I’ll add this to the main body of the post.

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24. Comment on A comprehensive list of U.S. college- and university-sponsored or -hosted children’s and young adult literature conferences, festivals, and symposia by Susan

Easr Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, will host the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival (SE-YA) March 11-12, 2016

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25. “Chris Barton pulls no punches when writing about the White resistance to change.”

As a friend pointed out to me, K.T. Horning literally wrote the book on reviewing children’s literature. So her review of The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch for the Reading While White blog would have meant a lot to me no matter what. But I especially appreciate Horning’s recognition of the honesty and authenticity […]

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