Out of all the fun-filled family events and festivals our great city has to offer, we have a soft spot for the Texas Book Festival (TBF). For one weekend, downtown Austin transforms into a book lover’s dream. White tents take over Congress Avenue to host amazing author signings, fascinating panels, and activities for readers of all ages. This year, we are proud to be the official booksellers for TBF, which means you will see our happy faces all over the festival! Here are just a few of the children’s literature events we’re excited to attend:
The Texas Bluebonnet Master List Announcement – Texas Tent, Sat 11/4 @ 10 AM
You can always count on the Texas Library Association’s reading lists to help you discover new favorites! The Bluebonnet list includes a little bit of everything for kids (and grown-ups!) to enjoy: picture books, graphic novels, spooky mysteries and more. The Texas Bluebonnet Award program encourages kids to read for pleasure by asking their opinions. Kids from all over the state, in all types of libraries, vote for their absolute favorite book on the list. We have a whole section of Bluebonnet books at BookKids (inside of BookPeople), and we’re selling the new nominated titles at the festival!
Watch Out for the Whiz Mob! – Omni Ballroom, Sat 11/4 @ 1 PM
Author Colin Meloy and illustrator Carson Ellis (The Wildwood Chronicles) will be at the festival talking about their new book, The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid! This is an awesome middle grade adventure in which Charlie, the son of an American diplomat, joins a gang of clever pick-pockets living in the streets of Marseille. Our Kids Event/Marketing Coordinator, Eugenia, says: “Meloy does a fantastic job at dropping the reader right in the middle of this beautiful town, describing its streets and its people—the chumps and the cannons, the bates and the pappies—and makes you want to join the mobbies in their sneaky (ahem, illegal) adventures!”
We loved this book so much, we chose it as one of our three Books by Mail fall picks! Our “Whiz Mob” box includes a signed copy of The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid, an exclusive Q&A with Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, plus a secret hand-picked gift item… something handy to infiltrate a gang of mobbies completely undetected! Learn more about the Books by Mail program here.
New Books about Cuba for Kids! – Next Chapter Tent, Sat 11/4 1:45 PM
Cuban-American authors Emma Otheguy and Margarita Engle will be at the festival celebrating Cuban stories! We’re so excited to learn more about Cuban culture and history, and dive into the beautiful, lyrical writing these authors are known for. We recently featured some books set in Cuba as part of our store’s Hispanic Heritage display, including Engle’s All the Way to Havana, a bookseller favorite. Kids Bookseller Natasha says: “Growing up, I didn’t see a lot of culture from my mom’s side, which is Cuban, in books that I read. It’s a culture I grew up with and I knew a lot about but other kids didn’t. Now, Cuban stories are filtering more into U.S. culture and people are learning about them, they’re interested in them. I love to see kids being able to learn about Cuba in literature, whether it’s their own culture or not.”
Bad Moods be Gone with Lemony Snicket! – House Chamber, Sun 11/5 @ 11 AM
You know when you’re suddenly in a terrible mood and you don’t know why? It could be for the silliest reason, like dropping your ice cream cone or tripping on a stick… Lemony Snicket is here to share his expertise on bad moods with a reading of his new picture book, The Bad Mood and the Stick. With quirky illustrations from Matthew Forsythe, you will fall in love with this unpredictable tale, which is CLASSIC Lemony Snicket. Kids Bookseller Merrilee identified with it immediately, calling it “relatable, hilarious, perfect for BookPeople storytime.”
We can’t wait to see you at the festival! Check out the full schedule at texasbookfestival.org