Hester Bass

Children's Author

THE SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON:
NCTE ORBIS PICTUS AWARD for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
SIBA BOOK AWARD - Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
MISSISSIPPI LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AUTHOR AWARD
Bank Street Best Children's Books - CCBC Choices
Kirkus Starred Review and Best Children's Books
NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
National Book Festival: Represented Mississippi and Alabama
Accelerated Reader (AR) Quiz #134485
Personalized signed copies available; email Hester under "Quick Links."

Dreams do come true! Whatever your dream may be, her advice is: Never give up! Hester has presented keynotes and workshops at conferences for writers, librarians, and teachers plus Hester performs at schools, libraries, and book festivals. She offers a workshop called Show Don't Tell: How Acting Techniques Improve Writing.

An author visit by Hester Bass is a special occasion for learning while having fun. A storyteller, singer, and teacher, Hester helps audiences experience the wonder of words through original songs, art activities, and writing prompts. As one librarian said, Hester can "encourage the most reluctant reader to read and the hesitant student to write." Click the link at right to learn more.

Hester enjoys sharing what she's learned about writing for children through keynotes, presentations, and workshops. What makes a story memorable, and publishable? Hester will share her secrets! She has offered sessions for ALA, NCTE, and IRA, and can tailor a presentation specifically for your audience. Click the link at the right for more information.

Arriving on January 27, 2015, Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama is a little-known true story of the Civil Rights movement in Alabama, illustrated by the acclaimed E.B. Lewis. While violence in other communities surrounded them, the black citizens of Huntsville organized one peaceful protest after another, and the white citizens remained committed to nonviolence as well. Through courage, creativity, and cooperation, Huntsville integrated peacefully, providing an example for children today of how racial discrimination, bullying, and unfairness can be faced successfully with perseverance and ingenuity. Hester will be touring in 2015 - email her now to get on her calendar.

Hester's award-winning picture book biography of American artist, Walter Inglis Anderson, also illustrated by E. B. Lewis, was published by Candlewick Press in 2009, and reissued as a chapter book in 2014. The Secret World of Walter Anderson is the story of a man who risked everything to bring himself and nature into one thing called art. From his home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, he would often row twelve miles of open water to reach Horn, an uninhabited barrier island, where he lived under his boat for weeks at a time so he could paint the wildlife there. Hester studied Anderson's life and work for over 25 years and has many anecdotes to share about this remarkable artist and this book's unusual journey to publication.

Hester's first book, So Many Houses, is a Scholastic Rookie Reader® about the materials used to build houses across the globe. Bold, lively illustrations by Alik Arzoumanian make So Many Houses a colorful trip around the world. Available in paperback. Click the link at the right to see the book.

If you have questions, or want to bring Hester Bass to your town, scroll down to the Quick Links (left, below) and click on E-mail Hester Bass!


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Content © and all rights reserved by Hester Bass.
Illustrations from Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama © and all rights reserved
by E. B. Lewis. Published 2015 by Candlewick Press.
Illustrations from The Secret World of Walter Anderson © and all rights reserved
by E. B. Lewis. Published 2009/​2014 by Candlewick Press.
Illustrations from So Many Houses © and all rights reserved by Alik Arzoumanian. Published 2006 by Children's Press/​Scholastic Library.

Spotlight on...

Author Visits
Original songs and activities help Hester Bass engage audiences and get them excited about books.
Conference Presentations
Let Hester Bass share her secrets about writing stories for children, journaling, reaching goals, and getting on game shows!
Writing Workshops
Learn how acting exercises can help you write scenes that are more true-to-life with award-winning author and professionally-trained actress Hester Bass.
Appearances
Hester is now booking for 2015 and beyond. Email her in the Quick Links!
All Points Bulletin!
A new nonfiction picture book, Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama is coming January 27 from Candlewick Press, illustrated by E. B. Lewis. It's a Junior Library Guild selection for February 2015. Watch for announcements of launch events in Huntsville. Exciting!
Hester's First Book
A rhyming, multicultural look at materials used to build houses around the world. On sale now!