Mac Barnett is a New York Times-bestselling author of stories for children.
The tenth annual Books Alive! Children’s Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019, beginning at 12 p.m. at the Houston Public Library’s Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza located at 500 McKinney Street. Families are invited to enjoy a day of free activities including author presentations, performances, interactive demonstrations, prizes, games, and more.
The featured author at the tenth annual festival is Mac Barnett. Barnett is a New York Times-bestselling author of stories for children. His books, including Triangle, Count the Monkeys, Battle Bunny, and his latest series, Mac B. Kid Spy and The Terrible Two, have sold more than one million copies in the United States and have been translated into more than thirty languages.
His picture books include two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, which also won the E.B White Read-Aloud Award, and Extra Yarn, which won both the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award. Leo: A Ghost Story, illustrated by Christian Robinson, and The Skunk, illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, were named two of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2015 by The New York Times. Mac’s novels include the Brixton Brothers mysteries and The Terrible Two series.
From 12:00 to 1:15 p.m., there will be a large group talk and presentation with Mac Barnett, followed by book sales and signing in the gallery area. Books are provided by Blue Willow Bookshop.
Activities, games, and crafts will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
The Houston Public Library (HPL) serves one of the largest service areas (both population and area) in the country—more than two million residents in the City of Houston. The HPL system is comprised of forty-four public service units including thirty-one neighborhood libraries, four regional libraries, three special collection libraries, four express libraries, the HPL Mobile Express, and a satellite library located at the Children’s Museum of Houston.