The 2022/2023 Inprint Cool Brains! Reading Series currently takes place in-person and features Tae Keller, with more events 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. Each of the writers gives a lively presentation about their 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 authors. With book giveaways to families and bus scholarships available for student groups, the series helps inspire a love of reading in children.

Inprint conducts three to four readings per year, and 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.

To see photos and clippings from past in-person readings, click here.

To see photos and clippings from past virtual readings, click here.

To visit the Inprint Archive of Readings, click here.

Upcoming events

Cool Brains! featured authors

Sylvia Acevedo
Kwame Alexander
Katherine Applegate
T. A. Barron
Pseudonymous Bosch
Marc Brown
Susan Cooper
Jerry Craft
Christopher Paul Curtis
Kate DiCamillo
Jack Gantos
Adam Gidwitz
Chris Grabenstein
Alan Gratz
Tim Green

Nathan Hale
Juan Felipe Herrera
Jennifer L. Holm
Nick Hornby
Gordon Korman
Erin Entrada Kelly
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.
Dianne K. Salerni
Dan Santat
Jon Scieszka
Roland Smith
Rebecca Stead
Trenton Lee Stewart
Chris Van Allsburg
Rosemary Wells
David Wiesner
Jacqueline Woodson