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Bring your young readers down to the store today to celebrate for a special Sunday afternoon storytime with two of our favorite Austin authors! Liz Garton Scanlon will read us In the Canyon, a beautiful new book that introduces readers to the marvels of the Grand Canyon through a child’s eyes. Susie Kralovansky will be here with Twelve Cowboys Ropin’, a rootin’, tootin’, cowboy’s version of Twelve Days of Christmas. Join us for a snack and storytime!
ABOUT IN THE CANYON
Pull on your hiking boots and get ready to see the magnificent Grand Canyon From the author of the Caldecott Honoree "All the World," here is a marvelous celebration of one of our nation's natural wonders. Experience the Grand Canyon through the eyes of a child who is seeing it for the very first time. From soaring vistas and cloud-swept skies to tiny lizards and almost-invisible petroglyphs, the canyon is filled with so many sights waiting to be discovered...and so many amazing memories to carry back home. Filled with gorgeously depicted, factually accurate info and including a glossary of the flora and fauna contained within, this homage to the Grand Canyon will evoke awe and wonder.
ABOUT LIZ GARTON SCANLON
Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and her debut novel for middle grade readers, The Great Good Summer, as well as The Good-Pie Party; Happy Birthday, Bunny!; Noodle & Lou, and several others. Ms. Scanlon is also a poet, a teacher and a frequent & popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. She grew up in Colorado and Wisconsin, and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Austin, Texas.
ABOUT TWELVE COWBOYS ROPIN'
From the front cover right on through to the last page, Susan Holt Kralovansky has created a rootin', tootin', cowboy Christmas extravaganza Drawing on her skills as a children's educator, librarian, and fiber artist, Kralovansky transforms the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas with a Texas flair. In unusual fabric collages, she starts with a mockingbird in an oak tree and throws in iconic armadillos, prickly pears, boots, and longhorns along with the lesser-known Texas treasure of topaz. The pages are filled with dancin' gals, cowboys a ropin', guitars a strummin', bats a flyin', and some beautiful monarch butterflies
Along with charming fiber-art illustrations created from Southwest-inspired textures of burlap, rope, and colorful cotton, Kralovansky has created bonus pages of fun facts about these symbols of the great state of Texas. Included are such interesting trivia as the official state dance (the square dance), official footwear (the cowboy boot), and the date of the first rodeo (1883). A wonderful book for classroom interactions or family reading, this unique presentation of a familiar rhyme will draw in young readers and keep them enthralled long after the last 'dillo scurries off to bed.
ABOUT SUSAN KRALOVANSKY
Susan Holt Kralovansky, the “Library Lady,” began writing at a very young age. Fond of silly children’s poems, this not-so-tall Texan is thrilled to have worked at her dream job as an elementary-school librarian, where she was surrounded by both children and books. In addition to writing six nonfiction books for young readers, she has been a contributor to popular children’s magazines, including Turtle and Children’s Magic Window. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Texas Library Association. Her first book with Pelican, There Was a Tall Texan Who Swallowed a Flea, was well-received in classrooms all over the Lone Star State. For her achievements, Kralovansky was invited as the 2014 children’s author for the prestigious “Evening with the Authors” hosted annually by the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas.
Kralovansky makes her home in Cedar Park, Texas, with her son and her husband, who was very handy as an extra pair of hands in the making of this book. She was also assisted by her lovely cat, who made sure everything stayed in place.