TLA 2019

It's time for TLA in Austin!

Stop by the Random House Children’s Books Booth, #2141, to browse our new books from summer and fall 2019, pick up a variety of free promotional materials and advance reader’s copies, and meet our staff!

Look for this coupon in your Aisle by Aisle Guide!

Meet Our Bluebonnet 2020 Authors on Tuesday, April 16, at 12:30 PM

Author Signing Schedule!

MONDAY, APRIL 15

6:00-7:00 PM in Aisle 13

Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the Edgar Award nominees Fake ID and Endangered, as well as the YA novel Overturned. He is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, and he resides in Virginia with his wife. Check him out online at lamargiles.com or follow @LRGiles on Twitter.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

10:00-11:00 AM in Aisle 4

Chad Sell's first children's graphic novel was The Cardboard Kingdom, which he illustrated and co-wrote with a team of ten collaborators. This same team came together again to create The Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast. Chad's first full-length solo project, Doodleville, is set in Chicago, where he lives with his husband and two cats. @chadsell01

11:00 AM-12:00 PM in Aisle 4

Stacy McAnulty is the author of several picture books, including Beautiful, Excellent Ed, and 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath, chapter book series including The Dino Files, and two middle grade novels, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl and The World Ends in April. Stacy grew up outside Albany, New York, and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo. She currently lives in Kernersville, North Carolina, with her husband, their three children, and two dogs. Visit her online at stacymcanulty.com.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM in Aisle 4

Gennifer Choldenko was the youngest in a family of four kids, where her nickname was “Snot-Nose.” Her quirky sense of humor made its debut at the dinner table when Gennifer was a very little kid. She is the author of seven children’s books, including Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period; and Al Capone Shines My Shoes.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

9:00-10:00 AM in Aisle 5

ROB SANDERS is a writer who teaches, and a teacher who writes. He is the author of Cowboy Christmas, Crystal Kite-winner Outer Space Bedtime RaceRuby Rose - Off to School She GoesRuby Rose - Big Bravos, and Rodzilla. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag is Rob’s first non-fiction picture book. Rob lives in Florida where he teaches elementary school. Visit him at robsanderswrites.com

10:00-11:00 AM in Aisle 5

Chris Grabenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of the Lemoncello series, the Wonderland series, the award-winning Haunted Mystery series, and The Island of Dr. Libris. He is also the co-author (with James Patterson) of the #1 Bestsellers I FunnyHouse of RobotsTreasure HuntersJacky Ha-HaWord of MousePottymouth and Stoopid, and many others.

Winner of all sorts of awards, Chris writes fast-paced and fun page-turners. He’s also a playwright and screenwriter not to mention a former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Sometimes he sleeps.

Chris started writing a long time ago. He and his four brothers used to put on skits and puppet shows in the basement of their home in Buffalo, New York. Their mom and dad were the only paying customers. Admission was a nickel. They usually earned ten cents a show.

10:00-11:00 AM in Aisle 6

Nic Stone is the author of the New York Times bestseller and William C. Morris finalist Dear Martin and its companion novel Dear Justyce, which looks at the power of circumstance in decision-making, and seeks to stir compassion for a population of black children who have been deemed unworthy of it: the incarcerated. She also wrote the teen novels Odd One Out, an NPR Best Book and Rainbow Book List Top Tenand Jackpot, a love-ish story that takes a searing look at economic inequality for young adults. Her middle grade debut Clean Getaway is a New York Times bestseller and deals with coming to grips with the pain of the past and the humanity of our heroes. It received two starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, who called it "an absolute firecracker of a book."
Nic lives in Atlanta with her adorable little family.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM in Aisle 5

As a child I absolutely adored books. I loved the journeys they allowed, what they taught me about the world, how they gave my imagination a workout. The physicality of the book, I loved that too. Still do. As a child I wrote poems and stories just because. As a teen I wrote reams of poetry. In my student life, when it came to papers, writing was never the agony for me that it was for many of my classmates.

“Writing is rewarding on several counts. There’s the learning: As all the books I write require research, I am constantly learning. There’s the clarifying: Through writing I come to terms with and gain insights on my own experience and sensibilities, along with the historical events that have shaped me. On the unselfish level, it is through writing that I am able to teach.

“When as a child I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, most often my response was ‘teacher.’ When I went to graduate school (Columbia University), it was with the idea that I would become a college professor. While there I took a few courses at Teachers College because for a minute I thought perhaps I’d become an elementary or secondary school teacher. In the end, I decided to pursue writing instead. Now, when I look at what the majority of my books are about, I realize that I ended up being a teacher.”

For more information on Tonya Bolden, visit her Web site at www.tonyabolden.com

11:00 AM-12:00 PM in Aisle 7

Kekla Magoon grew up in Indiana but wanted to see the rest of the world. Now she travels all over the country meeting young readers and sharing her books, which include The Rock and the River, Camo Girl, and Shadows of Sherwood (The Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series). She has won numerous awards for her work, including two Coretta Scott King Honors, an NAACP Image Award, and the Walter Award Honor, and inclusion on the National Book Award Long List. She holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty. Visit her online at keklamagoon.com and you'll see: she is anything but ordinary!

2:30-3:30 PM in Aisle 3

KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of The Guinevere Deception, The Camelot Betrayal, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, the Slayer series, the And I Darken trilogy, and many more novels. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further-away times.

kierstenwhite.com
@kierstenwhite on Twitter

2:30-3:30 PM in Aisle 4

Trudy Ludwig is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that help kids connect and engage with their peers in kind, caring ways. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents for her passion and compassion in addressing friendship, bullying, and cyberbullying issues. Trudy wrote her first book, My Secret Bully, after her own daughter was bullied by some friends. Since then, she has become a sought-after speaker, presenting at schools and conferences both in the US and overseas, educating students, parents, and teachers on relational aggression.

Her books have received numerous awards and citations including Victoria Soto Legacy Award, IBPA Gold Benjamin Franklin Award, Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, NAPPA Gold Medal Award, Mom’s Choice Gold Awards, Moonbeam Children’s Books Gold Award, Comstock Read Aloud Honors and are included in the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s Best of the Year Selection, NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People Selection, National Crime Prevention Council’s Circle of Respect Book Club Selection, Junior Library Guild Selection, School Library Journal’s Best Picture Books Selection, Scholastic Instructor Recommended Back-to-School Picks, and more.

An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Trudy also collaborates with leading experts and organizations including Committee for Children, ConnectSafely.org, Sesame Workshop, and Passport to Peace Foundation.

Trudy lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and their loyal hound dog, Hannah. Visit her on the web at trudyludwig.com or follow her on Twitter @TrudyLudwig.