Hester Bass

Children's Author

Hester & E. B. at the opening of the exhibition based on the book.

Hester visits the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, MS

All Points Bulletin!

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama is a Junior Library Guild selection! Also chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a SIBA Okra Pick meaning it's a "Great Southern Book" and finalist for SIBA Pat Conroy Award. Represented Alabama at the 2015 National Book Festival. Winner of the NCSS Woodson Award Honor, Parents' Choice Silver Honor, and Mississippi Library Association Author Award. Nominated for state awards in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.

New editions of The Secret World of Walter Anderson are available! As part of the Candlewick Biographies series aimed at older elementary students, this 6"-x-9" chapter-book includes chapters and an index and is great for book reports. Available in paperback and hardcover. (And the picture book is still available!)


WINNER of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children!

WINNER of the SIBA Book Award for Children's/​YA! Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance includes stores from twelve states!

WINNER of the Mississippi Library Association Author Award!

Chosen to represent Alabama (2012) and Mississippi (2009) at the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival in Washington, D. C.!

On the CCBC Choices, the Best-of-the-Year list selected by the Cooperative Children's Book Center in Wisconsin!

Chosen as an NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council!

KIRKUS Reviews has chosen The Secret World of Walter Anderson as one of the Best Children's Books! Starred Review in Kirkus!

Chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a SIBA Okra Pick meaning it's a "Great Southern Book!" A SIBA Bestseller!

NOW AVAILABLE from Candlewick Press: The Secret World of Walter Anderson, illustrated by the celebrated E.B. Lewis! This picture book biography of one of America's most enigmatic artists tells the story of a man who risked everything to bring himself and nature into one thing called art. Wait till you see those gorgeous watercolors!

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Spotlight on...

Author Visits
Original songs and activities help Hester Bass engage audiences and get them excited about reading.
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.
Hester is now booking for school and library visits, writing workshops, and conferences. Email her in the Quick Links!
All Points Bulletin!
The nonfiction picture book, Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama is available from Candlewick Press, illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Accolades include NCSS Woodson Award Honor book, Junior Library Guild, Parents' Choice Silver Honor, and Bank Street Best Books.
Hester's First Book
A rhyming, multicultural look at materials used to build houses around the world.