Click to Download Hi-Res Cover Image of The Secret World of Walter Anderson Illustrations copyright 2009 E. B. Lewis (1.2MB)
Click to Download Hi-Res Cover Image of So Many Houses, Illustrations copyright 2006 Alik Arzoumanian (1.5MB)
Invite Hester to your School, Library, or Event
Author visits are the hot fudge on the ice cream of being a children’s author. In interactive presentations for classrooms, libraries, and community events, Hester Bass uses her experience as a singer, actress, storyteller, and teacher to engage her listeners and get them excited about reading, writing, and books.
Invite Hester to your Conference for Writers,
Librarians, Teachers, or Professional Development
Hester Bass shares strategies for success that help writers craft publishable stories and find the right markets for their work, plus teaches acting techniques that help create authentic characterizations and dialogue. Energize your staff with a session on effective storytelling. Hester is an active volunteer with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Show Don't Tell: How Acting Techniques Improve Writing
Writers can develop their skills in creating vivid characters, realistic dialogue, and dynamic action by immersing themselves in the world of acting, discovering the techniques that actors use to bring words to life in an authentic way. Available as a weekend retreat or all-day workshop.
See Hester Bass!
Hester is now booking for 2013 and beyond. Email her in the Quick Links!
Big Big News!
WINNER of the NCTE ORBIS PICTUS AWARD for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children! WINNER of the SIBA Book Award! Chosen by Kirkus as one of the BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS! CCBC Choices! NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book! SIBA Okra Pick! Southern Indie Bestseller! Starred Review in Kirkus! Chosen to represent Alabama in 2012 and Mississippi in 2009 in the Pavilion of the States at the National Books Festival in Washington, D.C.! Hester's award-winning picture book biography of American artist Walter Inglis Anderson, illustrated by the remarkable E. B. Lewis and published by Candlewick Press, is available now!
So Many Houses
Is your house built of bricks, or sticks? So Many Houses by Hester Bass explores building materials for houses around the world. This multicultural picture book for early readers (ages 4-8) features rhyming, repetitive text to reinforce early reading skills. Bright, cheerful illustrations by Alik Arzoumanian complement the words beautifully.
***Click to hear Hester interviewed on Book Bites for Kids on Blog Talk Radio, sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center
Click to download Congo Bar recipe! (38.0KB)
All Points Bulletin!
Hester's First Book