In January 2007, Inprint launched a family reading series, Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People. The series brings the country’s most exciting children’s authors to Houston for readings and book signings, free and open to the public. Readings take place on Sunday afternoons, 3 pm, at Johnston Middle School. Each of the writers gives a lively presentation about his or her work and then takes questions from the audience. The on-stage portion of the event is followed by a book sale and signing, where kids can meet their favorite author. Inprint conducts two to three Cool Brains! readings per year. Audiences have ranged from 100 – 1,000 attendees.
The series has featured leading middle grade authors including Katherine Applegate, Pseudonymous Bosch, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, R. J. Palacio, Katherine Paterson, Gary Paulsen, Jon Scieszka, and many others. A full list is below.
On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Cool Brains! presents New York Times bestselling children’s author Chris Grabenstein, reading from his new novel The Island of Dr. Libris. Click here for details.
Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People is generously underwritten by H-E-B and Weatherford International and receives in-kind support from United Airlines. Cool Brains! receives promotional support from the Harris County Public Library, Houston Independent School District Library Services, and Houston Public Library. Blue Willow Bookshop is the Series’ independent bookseller.
2015/2016 Cool Brains Inprint Readings for Young People:
October 18, 2015–Stephan Pastis
January 24, 2016–Jacqueline Woodson
April 17, 2016–Kate DiCamillo
More details coming soon…
Cool Brains! featured authors
T. A. Barron
Christopher Paul Curtis
R. J. Palacio
René Saldaña, Jr.
Trenton Lee Stewart
Chris Van Allsburg