RM2_8224The 2020/2021 Inprint Cool Brains! Reading Series will take place virtually this season and features Lois Lowry, Chris Grabenstein, and Jennifer L. Holm, with details about other writers in the season coming soon.

In 2004, Inprint launched a family reading series now called the Inprint Cool Brains! Reading Series. The series brings the country’s most exciting children’s authors to Houston for readings and book signings, free and open to the public. Typically readings take place on Sunday afternoons, 3 pm, at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School (formerly 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 three to four readings per year. Audiences have ranged from 100 – 1,000 attendees.

The series has featured leading middle-grade authors including Kwame Alexander, Katherine Applegate, Pseudonymous Bosch, Christopher Paul Curtis, Chris Grabenstein, Lois Lowry, Meg Medina, R. J. Palacio, Katherine Paterson, Gary Paulsen, Jon Scieszka, Jacqueline Woodson and many others. A full list is below. Click here to see photos and clippings from past readings.

The Inprint Cool Brains! Reading Series is generously underwritten by H-E-B and the National Endowment for the Arts. Blue Willow Bookshop is the Series’ independent bookseller.

Cool Brains! featured authors

Since 2004, Inprint has featured the following authors in its Inprint Cool Brains! Reading Series:

Sylvia Acevedo

Kwame Alexander

Katherine Applegate

T. A. Barron

Pseudonymous Bosch

Marc Brown

Susan Cooper

Christopher Paul Curtis

Kate DiCamillo

Jack Gantos

Adam Gidwitz

Chris Grabenstein

Alan Gratz

Tim Green

Nathan Hale

Juan Felipe Herrera

Nick Hornby

Lois Lowry

Barry Lyga

David Macaulay

Ann M. Martin

Meg Medina

Pat Mora

R. J. Palacio

Stephan Pastis

Katherine Paterson

Gary Paulsen

Jason Reynolds

René Saldaña, Jr.

René Saldaña, Jr.

Dianne K. Salerni

Jon Scieszka

Roland Smith

Rebecca Stead

Trenton Lee Stewart

Chris Van Allsburg

Rosemary Wells

David Wiesner

Jacqueline Woodson

Click here to visit the Inprint Archive of Readings and watch online video recordings of past readings by many of these authors. 

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