Meet Acclaimed Children’s Author Lois Lowry

Posted October 8, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Meet acclaimed children’s author Lois Lowry at Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People

Lois Lowry at her home in Cambridge, MA

Lois Lowry is the celebrated young adult author of over 40 books, including Number the Stars and The Giver. Nearly 15 years after the release of The Giver, Lois Lowry has published Son, the fourth and final book of The Giver series. Son brings together characters from the previous three stories – The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger – to tell a story about the significance of human connection. Kirkus Review calls Son a book “written with powerful, moving simplicity…. As the final volume in this iconic quartet, it holistically reunites characters, reprises provocative sociopolitical themes, and offers a transcending message of tolerance and hope. Bravo!”

The event will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Johnston Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Drive (77096), at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30). Admission is free and open to the public. Lowry will make a presentation about her new book Son and will take questions from the audience. A book sale and signing will follow, giving families a chance to visit with the author. For information about this and other readings in the Cool Brains! Series, check out or call 713-521-2026.

As a Matter of Fact

Posted June 20, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

(Inspired by Dr. Seuss)

As a matter of fact

I usually have tact

But today’s not the day

to pretend or to play

I’ll yell like a bell

I’ll shout and I’ll pout

I have to be me

as free as can be

So don’t hold me down

And don’t make me frown

Just let me be me

And we’ll all be happy!

By Jamalique, 9th grade

Award-Winning Children’s Book

Posted January 30, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

The Coretta Scott King Awards

For the last 40 years the Coretta Scott King Awards have been given to African American authors and illustrators for their outstanding contributions to children’s literature. The books chosen promote understanding among races and uphold the American Dream. The Awards commemorate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King.

For past winners from 1970-present, check out this list.  The 2012 winner is Kadir Nelson’s Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, published by HarperCollins.  The story and the artwork in this book are  stunning.  Go get your copy today and help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards in Children’s Literature.

Heart and Soul

Publishing Opportunity for Kids

Posted December 21, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

What: GiggleIT Project competition for students ages 10-14. This is a international competition encouraging literacy and cultural education. Share your sense of humor with the world through your poems, stories, jokes, etc. and win funny prizes too.

When: Free online registration starts now at the IASL website.

Where: A digital publishing project hosted by the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) and co-sponsored with the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL), all submissions are online.

View the complete GiggleIT Project media release here.

Author T.A. Barron to Visit Houston 10/17/2010

Posted October 15, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

What: Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People presents award winning children’s writer T.A. Barron for discussion and book signing

Where: Pershing Middle School Auditorium, 3838 Blue Bonnet at Stella Link

When: Sunday, October 17th at 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

Why: Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People is presented by Inprint, a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to inspiring readers and writers.

Cost: Free and open to the public

For more information, visit the Inprint website or call 713-521-2026.

More about the author

Thomas A. Barron is a celebrated writer of children’s fantasy, having sold more than one million books. His skillful re-imagination of established legends has brought to life the Arthurian world for countless fans of all ages. His major works include The Lost Years of Merlin, The New York Times bestselling trilogy The Great Tree of Avalon, and many other novels, nature books, and children’s books.

In Ultimate Magic, Barron continues to fill in the gaps of Merlin’s life through the reptilian eye of the most powerful sidekick ever, Basil the Green Dragon. The action-packed, often humorous adventure will keep readers hooked until the last page and is sure to please lifelong fans and win over new ones.