An energetic performer who enjoys meeting readers, Hester grew up in rural Georgia to become a singer in a Boston rock band, New York actress, singing telegram messenger, and winner in the Hot Seat on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" - but likes being a writer best of all.
SEEDS OF FREEDOM: THE PEACEFUL INTEGRATION OF HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA - Finalist for the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize and SIBA Okra Pick! Thank you, SIBA booksellers! Discover how the black and white citizens of one Alabama city chose peace over violence in the struggle to end segregation. From Candlewick Press, illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Junior Library Guild selection and winner of a Parents' Choice Silver Honor and NCSS Carter G. Woodson Book Award Honor. Starred reviews in PW and Booklist. Also reviewed in the Los Angeles Times. Represented Alabama at the 2015 National Book Festival. NCSS Notable. Nominated for the 2015-16 Alabama Camellia Award, the 2016-17 Georgia Children's Book Award, and the 2017 Mississippi Magnolia Book Award. THE SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Candlewick Press) is a picture book biography of perhaps the South's most intriguing artist, a man who risked everything to bring himself and nature into one thing called art. Available as a hardcover picture book and as a chapter book perfect for book reports in paperback and hardcover. Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, given by the National Council of Teachers of English, and the SIBA Book Award. It received a starred review in Kirkus. The book is also an NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, was on CCBC Choices, one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of the Year, Bank Street's Best Books of the Year, and was chosen for the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival representing both Alabama and Mississippi.
SO MANY HOUSES, illustrated by Alik Arzoumanian (Scholastic Library Publishing) is a rhyming multicultural look at houses around the world for beginning readers. Available in paperback.
Have books, will travel. Loves tea and dark chocolate. To bring children and books together, contact Hester!
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