Project Literacy

Jarrett Krosoczka Book Signing

Jarrett Krosoczka

Project Literacy 2019: Celebrating 10 years

Wells Fargo, Midland County Public Library Foundation, the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Midland ISD and Midland County Public Libraries are working together to promote literacy in the community by providing elementary school students with books and opportunities to foster a love of reading. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Project Literacy, a collaborative initiative that features school programs, author visits and book signings for the public.

Visiting Authors - 2019

Meet and Greet with authors: 4:30 – 6 p.m. at Centennial Library. Books will be available to purchase on site by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Kate DiCamillo Opens in new windowKate DiCamillo – Thursday, October 10 

Kate DiCamillo is a two-time Newbery Medal-winning author and former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

DiCamillo earned the 2001 Newbery Honor with Because of Winn-Dixie followed by her first Newbery Medal for 2004’s The Tale of Despereaux. 

Ten years later Flora & Ulysses earned the author her second Newbery Medal. She won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006). In 2007, DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride was named a Theodor Geisel honor book and in 2011, Bink and Gollie co-written with Alison McGhee earned her the Theodor Geisel Medal.

DiCamillo grew up in Florida and currently lives in Minneapolis. 

Photo by Catherine Smith

Chris Barton Opens in new windowChris Barton – Wednesday, October 9

Chris Barton’s What Do You Do with A Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan represented the Lone Star State at the National Book Festival recently after Texas Center for the Book chose the picture book as the Texas Great Read for 2019.

Barton’s other picture books include the bestseller Shark vs. Train and The Day-Glo Brothers. His books The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch and Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions were named to the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.

Barton lives with his wife, YA author Jennifer Ziegler, in Austin.

Photo by Sam Bond Photography

Jennifer Ziegler Opens in new windowJennifer Ziegler – Wednesday, October 9

Jennifer Ziegler writes books for teens and tweens. Her 2008 novel How Not to Be Popular was an International Reading Association’s Young Adults’ Choice and made the Lone Star Reading List.

Ziegler’s other works include Alpha Dog, Sass & Serendipity,” and the Brewster Triple series of novels.

She lives with her husband, children’s author Chris Barton, in Austin.

Photo by Sam Bond Photography

Photo by Derek Fowles Opens in new windowJarrett J. Krosoczka – Tuesday, October 8

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has published more than 30 books for young readers, including the popular Lunch Lady series of graphic novels and the Platypus Police Squad series. The New York Times best-selling author/illustrator has twice won the Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year Award.

Krosoczka’s picture books include Punk Farm, Ollie, Baghead and Good Night, Monkey Boy. In addition to the Lunch Lady and Platypus Police Squad series, Krosoczka published the Star Wars: Jedi Academy series. His 2018 YA best-seller, Hey, Kiddo, tells the story of growing up in a family dealing with addiction. 

Krosoczka lives in Western Massachusetts with his family.

Photo by Derek Fowles