Mississippi Book Festival

MS Book Festival logo

I have something really excited to talk about today, especially if you live in or around Mississippi. We are getting a BOOK FESTIVAL!! I love the way the festival describes itself: “A literary lawn party celebrating authors & their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, & imagination.” It sounds like a wonderful day. On August 22, 2015 at the Mississippi State Capitol, the inaugural Mississippi Book Festival will feature so many amazing authors, and, if you are interested, you can see the full day’s schedule on the festival’s website. One of the best parts? IT’S FREE! I’m excited for the entire day, but I wanted to feature two of the panels I’m most looking forward to: The Children’s Illustrated Book panel and the Books for Young Readers panel. I’m sure you know why I’m excited for these two the most. 🙂

Children's Illustrated Panel at the Mississippi Book Festival

Books for Young Readers panel at the Mississippi Book Festival

You can learn more about the Books for Young Readers in this article from the Clarion Ledger including some fun facts about each author! Also, as far as I know, most of the authors will be available for signings right after their panel!

I’m really excited about what this festival means for my state, and I can’t wait to be surrounded by bookish people for an entire day. If you are located in or around Mississippi, I really hope you’ll consider coming to the festival. And if you do come, make sure you say hi if you see me – just look for the girl with no hair 😉

Taylor Kitchings Event at Lemuria Books – August 18

Hey, guys! I just have a quick post for you about a really cool event happening at Lemuria Books on August 18. Taylor Kitchings, debut author of Yard War (a middle grade book about football during the civil rights movement) will be launching his book at Lemuria with a signing and reading starting at 5 p.m. I know most of you aren’t located in Mississippi, but I wanted to let those of you that are in MS know about this cool event! Here’s a little more about the book and then a flier with more information about the event! (p.s. Taylor Kitchings will also be appearing at the Mississippi Book Festival on August 22!)

It’s 1964 in Jackson, Mississippi, deep in the civil rights movement, and the one black person twelve-year-old Trip Westbrook knows well is Willie Jane, the family maid, who has been a second mother to him. When Trip invites her son, Dee, to play football in the yard, Trip discovers the ugly side of his smiling neighbors. Even his loving grandparents don’t approve. But getting to know Dee and playing football, being part of a team, changes Trip. He begins to see all the unspoken rules he lives by but doesn’t agree with, such as respect your elders. What if he thinks their views are wrong? This engaging, honest, and hopeful novel is full of memorable characters, and brings the civil rights–era South alive for young readers. – Synopsis from Goodreads


Batesville Book Drive

A couple of weeks ago, an electrical fire at the Bateville Elementary School in Batesville, MS destroyed the school building, and with it, all of the books in that school’s library and in the teacher’s classrooms. As you can imagine, this is devastating, not only for the teachers and faculty of that school, but for the children that will go without books. But YOU can help get books back into the hands of those kids. Independent bookstore, Lemuria Books, in Jackson, MS, is hosting a book drive for the school. I know most of you do not live in Mississippi, but if any of you have children’s books lying around your house that you no longer want, I would LOVE it if you could send them to me and I can bring them to the store. Also, like most schools, Batesville Elementary has a list of books that all of their teachers read to the children. If you’d rather just buy a copy (or two) of any of these books and have them shipped to me, that would be awesome! Lemuria is trying to get 1 copy of each of these books for all seventeen teachers at the school – meaning they need 17 copies of some of these books. This list is just a sample, so if you want to get something else, let me know and I can ask the store what they are looking for. Here’s the list (the titles that are bold are the ones they need the most copies of):

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Any Elephant and Piggie books
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems
I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

Olivia by Ian Falconer
Go, Dog, Go by PD Eastman
Are You My Mother by PD Eastman
Any Dr. Seuss
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Any Pete the Cat by Kimberly & James Dean
Any Jan Brett Books
Any Lois Ehlert Books

Any Eric Carle
The Polar Express by Van Allsburg
3 Little Pigs
Any version of fairy tales written for children
Johnny Appleseed by Jodie Shepherd
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor (and any and all fancy nancy books)
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Pinkalicious, Purplicious, Goldilicious, Silverlicious by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann (so basically all the licious books)
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis
Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell

I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Kindergarten Here I Come by Steinberg & Chambers

If you are interested in helping, you can comment here or email me at caughtreadhanded (at) gmail (dot) com so I can provide you with my address. Or you can call Lemuria Books directly at (601) 366-7619. I hope you’ll help get books back to these kids!

More information about the book drive and why Lemuria Books is helping can be found HERE.