Christmas Pop-up Books

I’m posting a day early due to impending technical problems. I didn’t expect to find many author events this week but I found a big surprise, four author events including awesome MG author J. Scott Savage! Also, The Highlights Foundation has added many new workshops for 2017. Scroll down to see the drool-worthy list. For more conference information, visit the main conference pages. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebars!

I saw this recently and thought it was too beautiful not to mention:

THE CHRISTMAS STORY by Robert SabudaTHE CHRISTMAS STORY (Pop-up)

Long ago in the town of Bethlehem, on a bright and starry night, a baby was born, a child who was called the son of God. Announced by an angel, born in a humble manger, laid in a bed of straw, visited by shepherds and wise men—the age-old, awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined scenes, culminating in a 3-D manger sheltering humans and beasts, guarded by an angel above. Glinting with touches of gold and pearlescent foil, The Christmas Story is a visual feast, a holiday treasure to be shared with the whole family.

Buy the book: Robert Sabuda  Blue Willow  Brazos Bookstore  Barnes & Noble  Amazon

 

Local Author Events

DECEMBER 7, WEDNESDAY, 6:00 PM: J. SCOTT SAVAGE, MG AUTHOR GEARS OF REVOLUTION by J. Scott Savage

Barnes & Noble, River Oaks

J Scott Savage, author of seventeen published novels, is here to talk about his new steampunk novel for kids, GEARS OF REVOLUTION, the second book in the Mysteries of Cove series. After finding a compass and clues left by Kallista’s father, Leo Babbage, Trenton and Kallista head west aboard their homemade mechanical dragon to search for the missing inventor. The two teenagers hope to find answers about their mountain city of Cove, but instead, they find only a blackened forest, ruined buildings, and a small underground city.

Almost immediately, Trenton and Kallista are caught up in a civil war between a clan of scavengers called Whipjacks and the Order of the Beast, people who believe that dragons are immortal and divine.

Stranded in a new city, the two friends meet Plucky, a Whipjack girl with mechanical legs, and Ander, a young member of the Order who claims humans are able to communicate with dragons. Can they trust anyone, or have they unknowingly stepped into a trap?

And high above in the sky, the dragons are gathering…

DECEMBER 9, FRIDAY, 4:00-9:00 PM: GEORGE ARNOLD, MG AUTHOR PHARAOHS' FOLLIES

Barnes & Noble, Vanderbilt Square

Local author George Arnold of the popular ‘CIA Cats’ children’s series, presents his latest book, PHARAOHS’ FOLLIES: Kits of the CIA Adventures in Egypt, sees the Cats traveling to Egypt for another adventure!

What happens when the President of the U.S. learns that some unsavory scientists are hiding in a pyramid in Egypt using bones of ancient pharaohs to clone a new race to take over the Middle East? What else? He sends the super-secret Cats of the CIA to check things out. And stop the craziness before it gets out of hand. Where will they find the scientists’ laboratory? And will The Curse of the Pharaohs keep them from bringing the scofflaws to justice?

One thing’s for sure.
They, and you, will tour some fantastic Egyptian pyramids.
And learn to speak some Arabic.

DECEMBER 10, SATURDAY, 3:00-5:00 PM: MOLLY & GARY WHITNEY, CHILDREN’S AUTHORSTHISTLE DOWNE by Molly & Gary Whitney

River Oaks Bookstore

Local authors Molly and Gary Whitney present their storybook, THISTLEDOWNE, A TALE OF TROLLS & FAIRIES.

Life as a troll is never easy, but Tyson faces more challenges than most. When his mother’s early death leaves him with an unfeeling father, he finds himself alone, unloved and uneducated. Trying to better himself through education, he’s bullied about both his looks and his race. Confronting barrier after barrier, his dream of building his own home comes to life in his imagination and sustains him. Pursuing Thistle Downe, as he names his haven, drives Tyson to succeed both financially and personally and gives him a chance to win the heart of Amelia, a lovely fairy. Allegorically addressing the challenges that middle readers face and the importance of setting goals, Tyson’s tale of cheerful determination provides inspiration to overcome social and educational obstacles as well as a welcome escape to a land filled with magical creatures, grand adventure and delicious sticky toffee pudding.

DECEMBER 12, MONDAY, 5:00 PM: JAMES PONTI, MG AUTHORFRAMED by James Ponti

Blue Willow Bookshop

Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small Things in this hilarious start to a brand-new middle grade mystery series.

So you re only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country? If you re Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both.

Florian is twelve years old and has just moved to Washington. He’s learning his way around using TOAST, which stands for the Theory of All Small Things. It’s a technique he invented to solve life’s little mysteries such as: where to sit on the on the first day of school, or which Chinese restaurant has the best eggrolls. But when he teaches it to his new friend Margaret, they uncover a mystery that isn t little. In fact, it’s HUGE, and it involves the National Gallery, the FBI, and a notorious crime syndicate known as EEL.

Can Florian decipher the clues and finish his homework in time to help the FBI solve the case?

Conference Updates

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Agents & Editors @ Conferences

JANUARY 13-15: SCBWI FLORIDA CONFERENCE, MIAMI, FL

AGENTS: Ginger Clark/Curtis Brown; Sarah Davies/Greenhouse Literary; Lorin Oberweger/Adams Literary
EDITORS: Allison Moore/Little, Brown BFYR Kelsey Murphy/Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
ART DIRECTOR: Maria Middleton/Random House Children’s Books

Retreats & Writing Workshops

MARCH 16–19: NOVEL BEGINNINGS: BUILDING STRONG FOUNDATIONS FOR YOUR NOVEL AND YOUR CAREER, HONESDALE, PA

AUTHORS: Kelly L. Going, Clara Gillow Clark
Agent or Editor TBA

MAY 7–12: CRAFTING SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR VISITS, HONESDALE, PA

INSTRUCTORS: Peter Jacobi/Journalism Professor; Alison Green Myers/Highlights Foundation
AUTHORS: Carmen Oliver; Jan Cheripko

MAY 14–20: WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP: HISTORICAL FICTION, HONESDALE, PA

AUTHORS: Ashley Hope Pérez, Helen Hemphill

JUNE 4–8: NOVELS IN VERSE: TAKE YOUR MANUSCRIPT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED TRACKS, HONESDALE, PA

AUTHORS: Kathryn Erskine, Alma Fullerton, Padma Venkatraman

JUNE 8–11: CAPTURING CHARACTER: HEAR THEIR VOICES, HONESDALE, PA

AUTHORS: Padma Venkatraman, Kristy Dempsey, An Na

JUNE 11–14: YOUR GUIDE TO GRAPHIC NOVELS , HONESDALE, PA

AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Matt Phelan, Merrill Rainey, Marcus Emerson
ART DIRECTOR: David Saylor/Scholastic Trade Publishing Group/Graphix

JUNE 19–22: SELF OR INDIE PUBLISHING: ANSWERING THE BIG QUESTIONS, HONESDALE, PA

INSTRUCTORS: Darcy Pattison/Mim’s House Publishing; Harold Underdown/Independent Children’s Book Editor

JUNE 25–29: WRITING FOR THE EDUCATIONAL MARKET, HONESDALE, PA

AUTHORS: Jan Fields; Paula Morrow

JULY 9–14: SUMMER CAMP AT THE BARN: A WEEK OF CREATIVE MENTORSHIP , HONESDALE, PA

AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Lamar Giles, Jillian Sullivan, Mitali Perkins, Shadra Strickland, Meg Medina, Jan Cheripko
AGENT: Linda Camacho/ Prospect Agency

JULY 16–20: MASTER CLASS IN WRITING NONFICTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS, HONESDALE, PA

AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Larry Dane Brimner, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Don Tate, Rich Wallace, Sandra Neil Wallace, Gwendolyn Hooks

JULY 20–23: SUPER CHILDREN’S BOOK BOOT CAMP, HONESDALE, PA

AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Pat Cummings, Denise Fleming, Christopher Myers
ART DIRECTOR: Cecilia Yung/Penguin BFY Readers,G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Nancy Paulsen Books
PUBLISHER: Ken Geist/Orchard Books, Scholastic Press Picture Books, Cartwheel Books, Readers, Branches, Little Shepherd

Conference Updates & KidLit News Nov. 29

With all the holidays upon us, we won’t have many author events or writing workshops coming up. Instead, this week I have a few holiday-themed books you might want to add for the little ones on your shopping list.

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Holiday Books for Little Ones

GOODNIGHT MANGER

Written by Laura Sassi; Illustrated by Jane Chapman

GOODNIGHT, MANGER

Now available as a board book! With illustrations by bestselling artist Jane Chapman, GOODNIGHT MANGER tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to lull Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth. It’s bedtime for Baby Jesus, but who knew a manger could be so loud? Mama, Papa, and all of the animals try to lull the baby to sleep, but between itchy hay, angels’ joyful hosanas, and three kings bearing noisy gifts, it’s just too loud. Until Mama finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd Baby into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars. With sweet, rhyming text in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Goodnight, Manger offers a unique twist on the classic manger tale, deftly weaving together the comforting and familiar routines of bedtime with the special magic and wonder of the manger story.

Buy the book! Blue Willow Bookshop   Brazos Bookstore   Indiebound   Barnes & Noble   Amazon

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Written by Laura Atkins; Illustrated by An Phan

SLED DOG DACHSHUND

When Jasper the dachshund hears about the world’s biggest dog sled race in Alaska, he just knows he can win. And when his family goes to watch the race, he decides to enter. Jasper tries every position, but he’s too little and doesn’t fit into the sled’s harness. That doesn’t stop him. Jasper sneaks aboard a team sled and finds a way to become a part of the team. His yappy enthusiasm keeps them moving and Jasper learns how much energy it takes to pull the sled. In the final stretch of the race, his team is neck-and-neck with another sled. Can Jasper help lead his team to victory? Will they win by a (long, pointy) nose?

 

Buy the book! Blue Willow Bookshop   Barnes & Noble   Amazon

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN KENTUCKY by Evelyn Christensen

Written by Evelyn B. Christensen; Illustrated by Kent Culotta

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN KENTUCKY

Merry Christmas from the Bluegrass State! Come along on a fun ride through Kentucky as Marybeth introduces her cousin Martin to all her favorite places, activities, and foods. While they travel from Louisville to Lexington to Paducah, Marybeth gives Martin some really cool gifts—like 4 lucky horseshoes when they visit a horse farm and 10 lumps of black gold from the Coal Mining Museum in Benham.

This joyful entry in ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas in America’ series features terrific art and lively text by a native Kentuckian that perfectly captures the state’s spirit.

 

Buy the book! Blue Willow Bookshop   Brazos Bookstore   Indiebound   Barnes & Noble   Amazon

WAITING FOR SNOW

Written by Marsha Diane Arnold; Illustrated by Renata Liwska

WAITING FOR SNOW

Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is as unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger’s friends have a few tricks up their sleeve to try to get the snow’s attention and distract their pal in the meantime. In the end, Badger sees there’s no trick—only waiting—until at last, it’s time.

Publishers Weekly says, Liwska’s (The Quiet Book) gentle, fuzzy drawings, done in the softest browns and the palest blues, offer the comfort of a beloved stuffed toy.

 

Buy the book! Blue Willow Bookshop   Brazos Bookstore   Indiebound   Barnes & Noble   Amazon

 

PIGLOO by Anne MArie Pace, Illustrated by Lorna Hussey

Written by Anne Marie Pace; Illustrated by Lorna Hussey

PIGLOO

Pigloo is an explorer. His destination? The North Pole. Big sister Paisley has doubts about Pigloo’s plan, but Pigloo knows that explorers have to be patient as well as brave. When Pigloo takes his sled to the top of a hill, he sets off on his expedition–with a little unexpected help.

This sweet, expressively illustrated story shows that sometimes the greatest adventures are the ones that happen in your own backyard.

 

Buy the book! Blue Willow Bookshop   Brazos Bookstore   Indiebound   Barnes & Noble   Amazon

 

CODY AND GRANDPA'S CHRISTMAS TRADITION

Written by Gary Metivier; Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner

CODY AND GRANDPA’S CHRISTMAS TRADITION

A boy and his grandfather remember those who served.

It’s Christmas Eve, and Cody’s family has all gathered for their traditional Christmas party—all except Grandpa, who is sitting quietly in his room, looking out his window at the cloudy sky. Grandpa tells Cody about his time in Vietnam and the Christmas Eve when a bright star appeared through the clouds, giving the soldiers hope. All of the men promised to look for the star every year and remember each other and those who didn’t come home. Cody makes a new tradition: now the whole family will join Grandpa in looking for the star. This touching family story, accompanied by rich illustrations, tells the importance of traditions and honoring those who served their country.

Buy the Book! Pelican Publishing   Barnes & Noble   Amazon

 

IGGY LOO

Written by Maria Ashworth; Illustrated by Sunny Choi

IGGY LOO

Iggy Loo loved being admired every year by the little redhead. But he craved to explore the world that surrounded him. Through one shattering event Iggy Loo gets his wish. He learned life’s simple pleasures is what made living in a snow globe so extraordinary.

 

Buy the book! Blue Willow Bookshop   Brazos Bookstore   Indiebound   Barnes & Noble   Amazon

 

 

Conference Updates

Agents & Editors @ Conferences

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MARCH 18-19: FROM DREAMING TO DOING, BUCKEYSTOWN, MDNew!

EDITORS: Liz Kossnar/Simon and Schuster; Leila Sales/Viking Penguin Random House

ART DIRECTOR: Chad Beckerman, Alyssa Nassner/Abrams
AGENTS: Thao Le/Sandra Dijkstra & Associates; Andrea Morrison/Writers House; Jessica Sinsheimer/Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

Conference Updates & KidLit News, Nov. 22

During this week of Thanksgiving, I wish all my readers glad hearts, full tummies, the companionship of their loved ones, and the delight of a great book. I don’t believe we have any author talks this week but I found some great conference updates and a new retreat. Scroll down to see who’ll be there.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Happy Book Birthday

Congratulations to local author Maria Ashworth for her new holiday picture book release!

IGGY LOOIGGY LOO

By Maria Ashworth

Illustrated by Sunny Choi

Published by Clear Fork Publishing

 

Iggy Loo loved being admired every year by the little redhead. But he craved to explore the world that surrounded him. Through one shattering event Iggy Loo gets his wish. He learned life’s simple pleasures is what made living in a snow globe so extraordinary.

And Iggy’s got a short, sweet trailer!

 

Local KidLit Events

NOVEMBER 22, TUESDAY, 6:30 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE SOCIAL

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Conference Updates

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MARCH 3: GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE, PACIFIC GROVE, CANew!

AGENTS: Carrie Howland/Empire Literary, Tricia Lawrence/Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Caryn Wiseman/Andrea Brown Literary Agency

EDITORS: Sylvie Frank/Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Naomi Kirsten/Chronicle Books; Daniel Nayeri/Workman Publishing Company

MARCH 25: UNICORN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, REID CASTLE, PURCHASE, NYNew!

AGENTS: Madeleine Clark/Sterlling Lord Literistic; Elizabeth Copps/Maria Carvainis Agency; Rachel Ekstrom/Irene Goodman Agency; Jacqueline Flynn/Joelle Delbourgo Associates; Stephen Fraser/The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency; Christa Heschke/McIntosh & Otis; Lane Heymont/The Seymour Agency; Leon Husock/L. Perkins Agency; Emily Keyes/Fuse Literary;  Andy Kifer/The Gernert Company; Katie Kotchman/Don Congdon Associates; Gina Macoby/Gina Maccoby Literary Agency; Monica Odom/Liza Dawson Associates; Jessica Regel/Foundry Media; Alec Shane/Writers House; Sarah Younger/Nancy Yost Literary; Gina Panettieri, Saba Sulaiman, Rachel Duga/Talcott Notch Literary Services

EDITORS: Caitlin Dareff/Macmillan; Nicole Frail/Skyhorse Publishing; Elizabeth Poteet/St. Martin’s; Annie Stone/Alloy Entertainment

Retreats & Workshops

MAY 5-7: NOVEL REVISION RETREAT, SYRCUSE, NYNew!

Darcy Pattison Author/Writing Coach