Wednesday, October 30, 2013

One Book, One San Diego (For Kids!): Jingle Dancer

Last week, Cyn and I headed out to San Diego, where she was honored by having Jingle Dancer chosen for the One Book: One San Diego (For Kids!) program. 

Cynthia did several days of events, including a visit to the new San Diego Central Library, the School in the Park, the Rosa Parks Elementary School, and the Lemon Grove Library.

We also had the chance to go to the zoo and take a run by the water front.

Here are some pics:

Elephants at San Diego Zoo
In front of koi pond
Getting set up in the activities room at the Central Library
Standing by map of new library

Shore birds at natural history museum
Cyn and me and an ankylosaur
Botanical garden
20 percent of the US carrier fleet
Stern of USS Midway.  You can eat there now...
Statue of iconic image....
Bob Hope.  In bronze. With audio (really).

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Book Buzz Blog Radio Interview on NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO and TOFU AND T.REX!

Click here to check out the interview I did with Susannah Greenberg of Book Buzz about the new editions of NINJAS, PIRANHAS AND GALILEO and TOFU AND T.REX.

And here's a pic of me in Lampasas, where I spoke during the day at Lampasas Middle School (home of the Badgers!):

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Texas Book Festival Children's and YA Panels [Updated]

The schedule for the 2013 Texas Book Festival has just been released!  Here's a handy listing of the children's and YA panels.  Note that I did not include the readings in the Children's Read Me a Story tent, which are ongoing all day Saturday and Sunday. Also note that the schedule is subject to change and it's entirely possible that I missed a coupled of the panels :-).  

Panels featuring Austin authors are indicated in bold. Panels featuring authors from other parts of Texas are indicated in italics.

Update: I will be moderating the On the Verge of Crazy panel with Diana Lopez and Karen Harrington at the Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca) and 11:30 on Saturday.  See you there!


10-11 AM
Battle Bunny
Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)
Jon Scieszka
Mac Barnett

10-11 AM
Haters Gonna Hate
Capitol Extension Room E2.030
e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

10-11 AM
My So-Called Life
Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Gabrielle Zevin
Joanna Philbin

10- 11 AM
Shared Spaces: Children's Picture Book Authors in One Studio
Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Sergio Ruzzier
John Marciano
Brian Floca
Sophie Blackall

Confessions of a Scholarship Winner
Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Kristina Ellis

11:30 - 12:15
Tomás Rivera Award
Capitol Extension Room E2.030
Guadalupe Garcia McCall

On the Verge of Crazy
Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)
Diana Lopez
Karen Harrington

12:15 - 1 PM
Summer Changes Everything
Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Leila Sales
Bennett Madison
Gayle Forman

1 - 1:45 PM
Build It & They Will Come: Keeping Readers Hooked in a Series
Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)
Jude Watson
Adam Gidwitz
Clark Rich Burbidge

 1 - 2 PM
A Midsummer Night's Scream
House Chamber
R.L. Stine

1:30 - 2:30 PM
Girl Power(s)
Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Jessica Khoury
Kami Garcia
PJ Hoover

2:15 - 3 PM
The One and Only Ivan
Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)
Katherine Applegate

3 - 3:45 PM
Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
Capitol Extension Room E2.014
James L. Swanson
Steve Sheinkin

3:30 - 4:15 PM
Is It the End of the World As We Know It?
Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)
Heather Terrell
Neal Shusterman

4:15 - 5:15 PM
Apocalypse Now
Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Brian Yansky
Matt de la Pena
Alexandra Coutts


11 - 11:45 AM
At a Loss for Words
Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Bob Staake
Chris Raschka

12:15 - 1 PM
When Did You See Her Last?
House Chamber
Lemony Snicket

12:15 - 1 PM
You Are Getting Very Sleepy!
Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Gordon Korman

12:15 - 1:15 PM
Move Over, Katniss: New Heroines
Lone Star Tent
Aprilynne Pike
P. J. Hoover
Tracy Deebs
Amy Rose Capetta

1:30 -2:15 PM
Scavenger Hunt
Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Jude Watson
Xavier Garza

2:45- 3 PM
Friends in Low Places
Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Anne Ursu
Claire Legrand

 4 - 5 PM
Scary Tales
Capitol Extension Room E2.010
James Preller

Sunday, October 06, 2013


I am delighted to announce the release of the new editions of NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO and TOFU AND T.REX!

Here's the ordering:

ISBN-13: 9781623520298
Indiebound (to come)
Barnes & Noble

“Smith’s sparkling debut offers three seventh grade narrators, each of them precocious, intelligent, and wickedly funny…Readers will identify with these smart characters and enjoy the vicarious attendance at their idiosyncratic school.”
–Publisher’s Weekly

ISBN-13: 9781623520311
Indiebound (to come)
Barnes & Noble

 “This book will make kids laugh out loud.
–School Library Journal

They're available in paperback and as electronic editions from any online retailer (a hardcover will also be available) and can be ordered using the above-listed isbn's by any brick-and-mortar store.

Note that if you want a copy of NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO with the original cover, BookPeople still has some copies available.
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