Hester Bass

Children's Author

So Many Houses

"There are so many houses around the world.

A house made of logs.
A house made of bricks.

A house made of rocks.
A house made of sticks."

...and we’re off on a journey to visit houses across the globe. Houses can be made of just about anything and be just about anywhere. In So Many Houses, children can see that houses come in different shapes and sizes depending on their environment.

A book from childhood, filled with black-and-white photos of homes and buildings around the world, sparked a lifelong love of architecture for author Hester Bass. That translated into her colorful picture book reader, So Many Houses, published by Children’s Press, an imprint of Scholastic Library Publishing.

“Books are tickets to anywhere in the world,” says Hester Bass, “and this book gives children a peek at what it would be like to live in a different place or another country.”

Books with simple rhyming language help children build their reading skills. In A Rookie Reader® like So Many Houses, a child who can read the word list provided on the back page can read the entire book.

The bold illustrations by Alik Arzoumanian are the perfect traveling companion for the text. Her distinctive, vibrant style gives a lively personality to each house along the way.

In print for over 10 years, So Many Houses is now available on the used book market.

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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!
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Hester's First Book
A rhyming, multicultural look at materials used to build houses around the world.