Good News from the Online Author Visits Team!

Here’s a peek at what our members have been up to this month:

Martha Brockenbrough worked with aspiring novelists and poets at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, where she was a guest faculty member for their winter master’s degree residency. She likes working with grownup writers almost as much as she likes working with students (and is available to Skype with groups of teachers as well).

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Dori Hillestad Butler thought she was ending her Haunted Library series at book 8, but two days after she turned in the final revision, her editor offered her two more books. She had to quickly do a little more revision to book 8 so she could continue the series, but now she’s prepared to keep the series going indefinitely. Here’s a sneak peak at the cover of book 7, The Ghost in the Tree House, which comes out the end of March.

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Dia Calhoun and Lorie Ann Grover are excited to announce the upcoming publication of The Magic Cup by Howard Behar. The two critically acclaimed authors collaborated in the writing of the corporate fairy tale with Behar, former president of Starbucks International. The book encapsulates the values he has held as a leader throughout his life, such as truth, courage, compassion, and responsibility. The Magic Cup helps us discover that only by acting on sound moral values can we fill our lives with the personal and professional success and satisfaction we seek.

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Joan Holub has two new books out this month. This Little President: A Presidential Primer is a board book with simple information and facts for your little leaders-in-training. Perfect for Presidents Day and Election Year 2016. What Was Woodstock? is a groovy new chapter book for ages 7 and up about the 1969 rock music festival in New York.

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The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced last week, and Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson received a Schneider Family Book Award! This award is for books that “embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.” Emmanuel’s Dream was also included in the ALA Notable Children’s Books list for 2016.

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center announced its CCBC Choices list for 2016, which included Emmanuel’s Dream and My Dog Is the Best.

And, Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something that Matters won a Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in the Helping Others & Philanthropy category.



Author: Laurie Ann Thompson

I write books for curious young minds and open hearts, no matter what their age. BE A CHANGEMAKER: HOW TO START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, a teen guide to saving the world, will be published by Beyond Words/Simon Pulse in September of 2014. EMMANUEL'S DREAM: THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH, a picture-book biography, will be published by Schwartz & Wade/Penguin Random House in January of 2015. And MY DOG IS THE BEST, a heartwarming fictional picture book, will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan in May of 2015.

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