Born to Read - Raising a Generation of Readers

by San Antonio Public Library Foundation
Sep 13, 2010

Express-News Children’s Book & Author Celebration

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the Born to Read initiative. Additionally, we want to let you know the 7th Annual Express-News Children’s Book & Author Celebration is right around the corner! Targeted for children ages 4 to 11, this event has become a favorite with San Antonio’s younger bibliophiles. Each participant will have the opportunity to hear the authors’ presentations, meet the authors while having their books autographed and participate in fun book-related craft activities.

Saturday | November 13, 2010 Program Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Book Sales: Until 1:00 p.m. Pearl Stable • 312 Pearl Parkway • San Antonio, Texas $25 adults • $10 children

This event benefits the San Antonio Public Library’s Born to Read initiative, and serves as a major source of funding for the program. This year’s authors include:

Chris Barton - Austin, Texas Austin writer Chris Barton is the author of two books that young boys think are pretty cool: “Shark vs. Train” and “The Day-Glo Brothers.” Says Chris: “It was love of being part of a writing community that led me to the University of Texas at Austin, where I immediately joined the staff of The Daily Texan (UT’s student newspaper). Our toddler son began asking me again and again to tell him over and over the story of how I had installed a smoke detector. The story had drill sounds and alarm sounds and a captivating plot, and he couldn't get enough. One morning, it struck me: If I could make him happy with that story, I could come up with other stories, and maybe other kids would like them, too. Not long after that, I remembered a newspaper article I'd read about the brothers who invented Day-Glo. Eight years later, it became my first book.”

Barbara Beery - Austin, Texas With a degree in elementary education, a passion for cooking, and three children of her own, Barbara Beery is the quintessential kids' cooking instructor and entrepreneur. Frustrated with the "pre-cooked" classes available to kids, Barbara founded Batter Up Kids Culinary Center, with the goal of offering interactive classes that focused on healthier food options. She is the author of seven cookbooks for kids, including “Fairies Cookbook,” “Mermaid Cookbook” and “Pink Princess Tea Parties.” Needless to say, little girly girls eat this stuff up!

Diane Gonzales Bertrand - San Antonio, Texas Diane Gonzales Bertrand’s vivid imagination led her to write her first novel in the fifth grade. Now writer-in-residence at St. Mary’s University, Diane is a prolific, award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Her picture books include “The Empanadas that Abuela Made / Las empanadas que hacia la abuela” and “Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup / Caldo, caldo, caldo.” Her latest book for little kids is “The Party for Papa Luis/La fiesta para Papa Luis.” “Trino’s Choice,” named Best Book of the Year in the young adult category by ForeWord Magazine, is beloved among teens. Diane’s latest for teens “The F Factor” deals with fear of not being accepted by peers.

Joy Fisher Hein Besides being an illustrator Hein is also a Texas Master Naturalist. When giving her presentations she also brings her Texas insect collection to hook the youngest audience members and boys. She will bring the insects to set up as show and tell along with all the steps to create illustrations. “I remind everyone that these are the same kind of insects that all my (our) Texas heroes also encountered. Scorpions, centipedes, tarantulas and tarantula hawks are just a few of the insects in my collection.” Hein says.

Joy Fisher Hein has illustrated many books rooted in Texas, including “Miss Ladybird’s Wildflowers,” “Sam Houston: Standing Firm” and “David Crockett: Creating a Legend.” A self-taught painter (she uses acrylics on illustration board), Joy decided as a child she wanted to illustrate books, inspired by the wonderful art in stories that absorbed her. Illustrations and her nearsightedness kept her nose in books, although reading was difficult with her undiagnosed dyslexia. Joy is also a Texas Master Naturalist, certified to create Schoolyard Habitats for The National Wildlife Federation. She and her husband Frank Hein live in the Hill Country.

Jan Peck Fort Worth writer Jan Peck is a dynamic force of nature onstage when she presents her work at schools and libraries all over the country, entertaining -- and involving -- kids and their parents in her highly original picture books. In short, Jan’s a ham! Her latest kid’s book is “Way Out West On My Little Pony,” in which a young girl in a pink cowboy hat encounters everything from a horned toad to a buffalo as she trots along on her trusted horse. Jan’s best known book, however, is “The Giant Carrot,” a folk tale that won numerous awards around the country. (And yes, she has been known to dress up in vegetable suits.) That’s not surprising, considering Jan is an organic gardener and a former cook for Auntie Em’s, a vegetarian, health-food restaurant -- in Cowtown! Other books in the Peck catalogue include “Avast! Pirate Treasure Hunt!” “Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea,” which, naturally, led to “Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree” and “Way Far Away on a Wild Safari.”


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San Antonio Public Library Foundation

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