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 was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.

You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her adorable little family on most social media platforms as @getnicced, or on her website: www.nicstone.info.

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 is the author of many novels and nonfiction books for young readers, including The Season of Styx MaloneThe Rock and the RiverHow It Went Down, and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventure series. 
She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, three Coretta Scott King Honors, the Walter Award Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and been long listed for the National Book Award. 
Kekla conducts school and library visits nationwide and serves on the Writers’ Council for the National Writing Project. Kekla holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty. Visit her online at keklamagoon.com and on Facebook and Twitter (keklamagoon).
 

2:30-3:30 PM in Aisle 3

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Camelot Rising, And I Darken, and Paranormalcy series 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. Look for The Excalibur Curse, the gripping conclusion to the acclaimed Arthurian fantasy trilogy, out December 7, 2021.

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.

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