Friday, October 19, 2012

Texas Book Festival 2012

Every year the Texas Book Festival and their committees work tirelessly to bring a spectacular line-up of authors and illustrators to entertain and inspire Texas families and 2012 is no different. On Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th, thousands of families will descend on downtown Austin to partake in the 17th annual literary event. The entire list of programming can be found by clicking HERE.

I have many author and illustrator friends on panels this year and I'm going to lace up my sneakers, bring a gallon of water and make it to as many of their creative presentations as I can. I also have the honor of moderating again this year and would love to see your friendly faces in the crowd at:

JUST THE WRITE WORD with authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Candace Fleming
Date: Sunday, October 28th, 2012 
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Where: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Everyone knows writers need to choose their words carefully, but these two picture books have become instant classics by matching entrancing images with the playful power of words, Liz Garton Scanlon's Think Big is told in bite-sized, rhyming couplets and follows young kids trying on future, artistic careers. Candace Fleming's Oh, No! encourages children to read out loud as a whole cast of animals comes across a mysterious, deep hole.

If you want to narrow in on just attending the youth events at the festival click HERE to view a list compiled by author friend Greg Leitich Smith who will also be talking about his middle grade book Chronal Engine on the World Turned Upside Down panel.

And if you want a list of events aimed just at the picture book crowd click HERE. There are seven panels devoted to picture books this year! Thank you TBF organizers and supporters!!

This year's festival is lit-up with dynamic authors and illustrators, some who've traveled quite a distance to visit our city, let's give them a Texas-size welcome and support them. Can't wait to see you and your family there. Yeehaw! 

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