The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC, have invited Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald to sign books at a celebration for the centennial of jazz great Mary Lou Williams’ birth.
The sisters’ labor of love, The Little Piano Girl, is illustrated by Giselle Potter and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children in January 2010. Future signing include The Lincoln Center in New York City and the American Jazz Museum and the Plaza Library in Kansas City. The Reading Reptile will host a celebration in February.
Lisa Wade McCormick announces the release of four new non-fiction books with Capstone Press, all part of their Mysteries of Science series. And Lisa’s first story about The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation appears in the The Bark, now on newsstands. If you can’t find the magazine at your local book store, here’s a link:
Lisa Wade McCormick announces the release of three of her new non-fiction books with Capstone Press. The books are titled “Bigfoot,â€ “Ghosts,â€ and “Near-Death Experiencesâ€ and are part of the company’s “Mysteries of Scienceâ€ series.
McCormick’s “Near-Death Experiencesâ€ book has already received accolades. “Lisa McCormick has done a wonderful thing by introducing children to the near death experience!,â€ said Jody Long of the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF). “This is a very good, easy book for children to read and she has done a great job explaining a complex subject in a way that children can understand it. â€
McCormick has written four other books for Capstone’s “Mysteries of Scienceâ€ Series. Those books are titled “Mothman,â€ “Alien Abductions,â€ “Psychic Powers,â€ and “Haunted Houses,â€ and will be released later in 2009.
In related news, McCormick also has a story in the February/March 2009 issue of Dogs for Kids magazine. The story is about five dogs who have won Guinness World Records.
Mary Schulte works as a photo editor and children’s book reviewer at The Kansas City Star although her dream job would be to write for children all day! She has published nonfiction and fiction books including nine books with Children’s Press/Scholastic, 4 with KidHaven Press, and 1 with Mason Crest. She writes anything that pops into her head, so her magazine publications include a song, crossword puzzle, rebus, poetry, fiction and nonfiction for Ladybug, Whimsy, My Friend, Our Little Friend, Fun for Kidz, Highlights and Highlights High 5. If she could settle down and focus, she would love to finish her three w.i.p. novels whose characters keep pestering her about finishing their stories.
Debra McArthur grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where her high school experience included church activities, choir, drum and bugle corps, and the kind of drama and angst that make a person really glad to grow up. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She has written eight nonfiction books for young readers. A Voice for Kanzas is Debra’s first novel.