1 Week. 13 Authors. 21 School Events.

Last week’s Texas Library Association (TLA) conference brought more than librarians to Austin. The conference also brought over 200 hundred authors from around the country to our city, and BookPeople worked with schools, publishers, and publicists to connect them with local students.


The week was incredible and the pace non-stop. Students entertained authors just as much as authors entertained them. Stories were brought to life not only by the energetic voices of the authors, but also by the clever librarians and teachers who went over and beyond in preparing their students and campuses for the events. Here are a few highlights from the week —

Some students put their own spin on books. BookPeople brought Andy Griffiths to Cedar Creek, Oak Hill and Summitt Elementary Schools. Inspired by his book The 39-Story Treehouse, Cedar Creek even hosted a treehouse design contest. Here is the author inspecting the winning designs:

Some became their favorite characters. Author Paul Durham joined students of Blackshear Elementary in the plague doctor masks of his Luck Uglies series (left). Book People also introduced Durham to students from Valley View & Forest Trail Elementary schools.

Legendary illustrator Jerry Pinkney was delighted to find students from Doss Elementary and sister school T.A. Brown dressed as grasshoppers in celebration of his book The Grasshopper & the Ants (right).  He even stopped by the store to sign copies for us! Read what our children’s book buyer Meghan had to say about his visit.

Some joined authors in song. On Tuesday, Andrea Davis Pinkney had students at Hill Elementary singing when she stopped by to share her book The Red Pencil .  Read more about the author and her visit here.


Some set the scene. Odom Elementary sure set the mood for Jonathan Auxier’s spooky storytelling. Walls and entryways were decorated with scenes from The Night Gardner and the music teacher had student’s playing bongos and tambourines to create suspense.

Some pulled pranks. After writing The Terrible Two, authors Mac Barnett and Jory John were prepared to visit schools as prank experts. But Perez Elementary was way ahead of them. After reading the duo’s new book, they tricked the authors by leading them to believe they’d only be performing before 8 students. The authors were thrilled when they were brought before a crowd of more than 400 excited kids. BookPeople also brought The Terrible Two to Doss, Pease, and Manchaca Elementary Schools.

terribletwocookieHere are some other books whose authors BookPeople helped bring to schools last week:

And this isn’t it! Throughout the school year, BookPeople brings dozens of authors to classrooms across the city. We work with teachers and librarians to come up with fun ideas that will inspire a love of books in children. It’s a lot of work but it pays off when kids get excited about reading.

Visit the store or bookpeople.com to find books signed by these talented authors!

4 thoughts on “1 Week. 13 Authors. 21 School Events.

  1. Wow! Wish they came to my school! Luckily my mom took me to see them at your store. My friends were jealous that I had signed copies of books. How can I get authors to my school?

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