NCTE ORBIS PICTUS AWARD for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
SIBA BOOK AWARD - Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
MISSISSIPPI LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AUTHOR AWARD
Kirkus Starred Review and Best Children's Books
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 the 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 offers a slide show called "It's All About The Journey" detailing the path to publication of The Secret World of Walter Anderson. Click the link at the right for more information.
Hester's most recent project is a picture book biography of American artist, Walter Inglis Anderson, illustrated by the acclaimed E. B. Lewis published by Candlewick Press. 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. He lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, often rowing 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 has studied Anderson for over 25 years - get on her calendar now!
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 The Secret World of Walter Anderson © and all rights reserved
by E. B. Lewis. Published 2009 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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