THE PEACEFUL INTEGRATION OF HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA:Starred Review Publishers Weekly: "Unflinchingly honest and jubilantly hopeful,
this is nonfiction storytelling at its best."
Starred Review Booklist: "A valuable introduction to the civil rights period."
Junior Library Guild Selection - SIBA Okra Pick - NCSS Notable
From Kirkus Reviews: "A book that is as quietly inspiring as its subject."
Nominee: 2015-16 Alabama Camellia Award (4-5 Nonfiction; winner in June 2016)
Finalist: 2016-17 Georgia Children's Picture Book Award (Winner in 2017)
Nominee: 2017 Mississippi Magnolia Book Awards (3rd-5th Grade; winner in April 2017)
Wisconsin State Reading Association "Picture This!" Recommended Book List
Review in the Los Angeles Times - Column in Kirkus Reviews
Parents' Choice Silver Honor - Accelerated Reader (AR) Quiz # 172163
Represented Alabama at the 2015 National Book FestivalFinalist: 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize given by SIBA (Awarded July 4)
NCTE ORBIS PICTUS AWARD for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children/SIBA BOOK AWARD/Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Bestseller/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 MS & AL/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 ILA, and can tailor a presentation specifically for your audience. Click the link at the right for more information.
On sale now 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 2016 - 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.
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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.
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