RM2_8224The 2019/2020 Inprint Cool Brains! Reading Series presents Meg Medina and Alan Gratz. Details about other writers in the season will be 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. 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, 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: Arts Work. 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

Tim Green


Nathan Hale

Juan Felipe Herrera

Nick Hornby

Lois Lowry

Barry Lyga

David Macaulay

Ann M. Martin

Pat Mora

R. J. Palacio

Stephan Pastis

Katherine Paterson

Gary Paulsen

Jason Reynolds

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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