We still have a few days before the official start of National Children’s Book Week, which is May 7-13, but the wonderful bookstores in the Houston area aren’t going to make us wait for a great event. Speaking of great events, I want to remind everyone that Lynne Kelly’s debut novel CHAINED launches next week! Look for it in stores May 8. If you haven’t already done it, mark your calendars for her launch at Blue Willow Bookshop on Saturday May 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Now for this week’s events:

May 3– 9
Children’s Museum of Houston
Fiction, Fantasy and Fun

The Children’s Museum of Houston is getting a head start on National Children’s Book Week. You’re invited to join them in celebrating the enchanting world of reading. Ongoing activities include:

•Prince and Princess Crowns  •Gingerbread Man Decorating  •Magic Wand  •Invent with Ernest the Balancing Bear  •Fantasy Postcards  •Optical Illusion Exploration  •Flip Books  •Hidden Rainbow

Wednesday, May 2, 5:00 p.m.
Blue Willow Bookshop
Herman Parish, Author

Herman Parish, nephew of Amelia Bedelia’s creator, Peggy Parish, and the author of many books about Amelia Bedelia, will discuss and sign AMELIA BEDELIA’S FIRST VOTE, the newest book in the Amelia Bedelia series.

For important information about this event, please see Blue Willow Bookshop’s Events Page.

Herman Parish will also be appearing Thursday May 03, 2012 6:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble The Woodlands.

May 5, Saturday, 12:15 p.m.
Central Library
3rd Annual Children’s Book Celebration

The Children’s Book Celebration is a full day of exciting performances and hands-on arts and crafts activities, featuring a special appearance of author Tom Angleberger, the 2011-2012 recipient of the Texas Bluebonnet Award for his book, THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA. Storm Troopers and Darth Vader may invade the library throughout the day…be prepared to face the Dark Side! Other fun events last until 3:30 p.m.

May 6, Sunday 12:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt Sq
Sue Levine, Author

Author Sue Levine introduces her latest book, SUSIE’S SHOESIES: A SPLENDID REWARD! the third in the Susie’s Shoesies series. Come meet the author, get your book signed, and have some fun!

Eight-year-old Susie Gardner’s Granny Ella comes to visit and help her granddaughter celebrate her birthday. Granny Ella brings Susie a very special birthday present … glittery, sequined red shoes that have magical powers.

Monday, May 7, 5:00 p.m.
Blue Willow Bookshop
Sara Pennypacker, Author

Sara Pennypacker, author of the award-winning, NYT bestselling Clementine chapter-book series, will discuss and sign THE SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS, her newest novel for children.

Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, but mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does, something Stella appreciates since her mom is, well, kind of unreliable. So while Mom “finds herself,” Stella fantasizes that someday she’ll come back to the Cape and settle down. The only obstacle to her plan? Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in. Angel couldn’t be less like her name—she’s tough and prickly, and the girls hardly speak to each other.

But when tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Stella and Angel are forced to rely on each other to survive, and they learn that they are stronger together than they could have imagined. And over the course of the summer they discover the one thing they do have in common: dreams of finally belonging to a real family.

For important information about this event, please see Blue Willow Bookshop’s Events Page.

May 8, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Murder By The Book
Children’s Books Week Celebration with Mary Lindsey, Author; Cari, Book Blogger; John, MBTB Publicity Mgr.

Join Murder By The Book for a night of discussion of children’s books.  Mary Lindsey, author of SHATTERED SOULS will join Cari from Cari’s Book Blog (and Social Media Expert for Blue Willow Bookshop) plus MBTB Publicity Manager, John, for an evening of discussion about children’s book from different perspectives.  We’ll discuss our favorite reads, the industry, bookselling, book writing, book blogging, and more!

Shattered Souls: When a Texas high school student starts hearing voices, she assumes she is schizophrenic like her father, but instead she finds out that she is a “Speaker,” who can communicate with the dead in order to help their troubled souls find resolution.

Please remember that, as always, the information for these events is from the sponsoring bookstore or organization’s website. For the latest, most accurate information, please visit their websites, or better, their stores. I’ll see you around town at one of our fine local bookstore events!

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