Bookworm Festival

Begun in 2014, the Bookworm Festival is a fun morning at Spring Oaks Middle School that celebrates emerging readers, and those who write for them. Librarians and language arts teachers from across Houston comprise the steering committee for this event. Their goal is to connect emerging readers with authors to foster the joy of reading. This year's festival features a keynote address by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long, whose new collaboration, Love, hits shelves this January. The full lineup of authors and performers attending Bookworm 2018 is below, and you can learn more on the Bookworm website. We hope you'll join us!

Matt de la Peña is the author of Last Stop on Market Street, which won the Newbery Medal and was chosen for a Caldecott Honor. He is also the author the award-winning picture book A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis and six critically-acclaimed young adult novels.

Loren Long has putt puff puttedy chuffed his way all over the bestseller lists as the author of the Otis series, among others. He was also honored to have the opportunity to modernize the classic The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, illustrate Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown, and illustrate Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama.

Lisa Mantchev is the author of bestselling picture books like Someday, Narwhal. She grew up in the small Northern California town of Ukiah. She wrote her first play in the fourth grade, and has been involved in theater ever since.

Ethan Long is the Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator of Up, Tall and High!, as well as many other picture books, including Fright ClubScribbles and Ink, and Chamelia and the New Kid in Class. He also created Tasty Time with ZeFronk on the Disney Channel. Ethan lives in Orlando, Florida.

Tammi Sauer is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the nation. She is the author of twenty-eight picture books, including Wordy BirdyCowboy CampChicken DanceNugget & Fang, and Princess in Training. In addition to winning awards, Tammi's books have gone on to do great things: Chicken Dance: The Musical is on a national tour, and Your Alien, an NPR Best Book, has been published in French, Italian, Korean, and Spanish.

Todd Parr has inspired and empowered children around the world with his bold images and positive messages. He is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including Be Who You AreThe Goodbye BookThe Family BookThe I Love You Book, and It's Okay to be Different. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Sherri Duskey Rinker is the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train, as well as Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. She writes books with hopes of happier bedtimes, wrangling some smiles, and encouraging kids to dig deep and dream big! Sherri lives in the Chicago area with her photographer husband, two sons, and one fluffy dog.

Emily Arrow creates literature-inspired music and media for children, cultivating an appreciation for literacy! Now based in Music City (Nashville, TN), Emily and her ukulele Bow pioneer bringing today's best picture books to life through song.  With permission from the books' creators, Emily collaborates with best-selling authors and artists to create the best in children's media. 

Event date: 
Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 10:00am
Event address: 
Spring Oaks Middle School
2150 Shadowdale
Houston, TX 77043
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Love Cover Image
By Matt de la Pena, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524740917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018


" A] poetic reckoning of the importance of love in a child's life . . . eloquent and moving."--People

Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! Cover Image
By Lisa Mantchev, Samantha Cotterill (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481467018
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 13th, 2018

"An exuberant picture book...Fabulously fun artwork...Fighting crime definitely takes imagination." --The Wall Street Journal

"This tale offers the refreshing twist of sibling friendship that parents will applaud. Jinx and the Doom will captivate readers with their irresistible fun." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Valensteins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619634336
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - December 19th, 2017

Something strange is in the air on this dark, cold night.

The members of Fright Club are always ready to scare, but tonight Fran K. Stein has something else on his mind. He's busy making something, and the other monsters want to know what it is.

Could it be a mask with fangs? A big pink nose? Or maybe a paper butt? No . . . it's a Valentine

Wordy Birdy Cover Image
By Tammi Sauer, Dave Mottram (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524719296
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - February 6th, 2018

Meet Wordy Birdy, a very chatty bird who talks WAY more than she listens A hilarious new story from Tammi Sauer, beloved author of Nugget & Fang, Chicken Dance, and My Alien.

Love the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316506588
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

A celebration of love, respect, peace, and unity by bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr.

Love your grin. Love your skin.
Love the bees. Love the trees.
Love giving a hand. Love taking a stand.

Tiny and the Big Dig Cover Image
By Sherri Duskey Rinker, Matt Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545904292
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 30th, 2018

Sniff Sniff-sniff
I smell a bone. A bone that's BIG.
I'll get it out, I'll dig and dig.
A big, BIG bone I know it's there
It will take work, but I don't care