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AUSTIN, Texas–A bevy of area children's authors will present readings at the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) on The University of Texas at Austin campus on March 7.

The event, entitled "Books for Kids," is an extension of Explore UT-"The Biggest Open House in Texas"- and is being hosted by the University of Texas Libraries.

Featured authors include Brian Anderson, Jane Peddicord, and Liz Scanlon. Author Chris Barton will debut his first book, "The Day-Glo Brothers," which will be released later this year.

Readings will take place on the hour beginning at 10 a.m., and feature presentations projected onto a large screen in the University Federal Credit Union Student Learning Commons in PCL.

This event is free and open to the public. 


10 a.m.Liz Scanlon presents "A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes" – Liz Garton Scanlon is a poet and assistant professor of creative writing at Austin Community College. She is the author of A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes (illustrated by NY Times best-selling artist Robin Preiss Glasser), as well as two picture books forthcoming from Beach Lane Books (a Simon& Schuster imprint), including the 2009 release All the World, illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Marla Frazee. Scanlon lives in Austin, but travels widely to visit with schoolchildren and to speak at conferences and in-services.

11 a.m. – Chris Barton debuts "The Day-Glo Brothers" – Once Chris Barton learned about the Switzer brothers – the magic tricks, the ketchup-bottle accident, the homemade ultraviolet lamp – he wanted to know more about how they invented their dazzling colors. The result is his first book, and it gives him all the excuse he needs to wear really, really bright T-shirts. Chris and his family live in Austin. You can visit him at

1 p.m. – Brian Anderson presents "Commander Zack Proton" – Brian Anderson is the author of the outer space comedy chapter book series The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton.  He also teaches chemistry at the University of Texas, and occasionally answers science questions from kids in Highlights magazine.  In the summertime he makes custom piñatas.

2 p.m. – Jane Peddicord presents from "Night Wonders" – A lawyer turned writer, Jane Ann Peddicord, was a featured author at the 2006 and 2007 Texas Book Festivals.  Her first book, Night Wonders (Charlesbridge Publishing 2005), chronicles a dazzling journey to the edge of the universe and back, winning the International Reading Association Children’s Book Award for Primary-Nonfiction.  That Special Little Baby, (Harcourt 2007), celebrates baby beginnings and toddler triumphs in rhyming verse.  In November of 2007 she was named ‘Author of the Month’ by the Austin area Barnes and Nobles Bookstores.   Ms. Peddicord currently lives and writes in the Texas hill country.


Article published on February 25, 2009 - 8:33am

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