Tuesday, April 11, 2006

When Kimberly Willis Holt Comes To Town...

A public service announcement: one of my favorite writers is coming to Fort Worth, and I'm tickled to get to see her again. Her name is Kimberly Willis Holt, she of the National Book Award winning fame. Her young adult novel When Zachary Beaver Came To Town not only won that coveted prize, but was made into a film. I first met Kimberly while living in Amarillo, and she's not only talented, but is a genuinely kind person.


Kimberly's currently on tour with her first children's picture book (the rest are YA), Waiting for Gregory, and she'll be in the DFW area at Brystone Children's Books in Watauga, TX, from 4-6 p.m. today (April 11th). If you're in the area, swing by and meet somebody superfamous and supertalented. Grab some of her books to get signed, too - they're all amazing.

Speaking of which, what are some unforgettable children's books you love?

Some of my childhood favorites include Where the Red Fern Grows, Charlotte's Web, The Little Princess, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, A Wrinkle in Time, the Little House on the Prairie series, and (caution: scandalous girl coming-of-age story) Are You There God it's Me, Margaret.

8 Comments:

Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Others I forgot to add...

Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries
Choose Your Own Adventure
Black Beauty

Must go look at bookshelves...

6:27 AM  
Blogger Desperate Writer said...

It has to be the Little House Series, and Charlotte's Web!

7:15 AM  
Blogger Candy Havens said...

Mrs Piggle Wiggle and Nancy Drew. If we dig deep, I think there may be something in those choices. :-)

11:23 AM  
Blogger Kern said...

Frank and Joe Hardy were the coolest guys ever. I read every one. I never liked the paperback, 'hip' versions that came out later. I like old school, blue spine hardbacks for 3.99 at the Little Professor bookstore on Ave. D in Denton. When I was 12, I read, "The Amityville Horror". Inappropriate I guess, but nobody questioned it. Scared me to death. Frank And Joe should have taken that case!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

You're right, Candy! Maybe we are shaped somehow by our childhood literary choices...

11:43 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Does Denton still have that Little Professor bookstore?

11:43 AM  
Blogger Kern said...

The Little Professor closed years ago. It was Denton's only real bookstore back in the old days before the Golden Triangle Mall. It was right across the street from New York Subway in the same shopping center as TG&Y, Skillerns, and that great iron on t-shirt place, back when the Sack'N SAve was a Gibsons. Can anyone remember that far back?

12:02 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Pre Golden Triangle Mall? That IS a long time ago...

6:55 AM  

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