Leila Meacham Book Signing - Kroger SW575 - Rockwall, TX

Leila Meacham is a writer and former teacher who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of the book ROSES. Her latest book, released on June 19th, 2012, is Tumbleweeds.

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Kyla & Carlos Appearance @ Kroger in Houston, TX

The Kyla & Carlos books are designed to make learning together with your children fun. Filled with the adventures of two cousins from different backgrounds who explore the world together, this series engages your children’s imagination in ways that will strengthen their English and Spanish vocabulary.

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Rachel Gibson - Author Book Signing

Rachel Gibson joined us at Mountain Home AFB on Sunday June 17th to meet fans and sign copies of her latest release, "Rescue Me."

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Chris Perez - Del Rio, TX

Fans flock to signing of Chris Perez's new book 'To Selena, With Love' ... Chris Perez is a Grammy-winning American guitarist and the widower of superstar recording artist Selena. He won a Latin Grammy for his 2000 solo album, Resurrection. Since 2006 he has been a guitarist for A.B. Quintanilla III y Los Kumbia All Starz. He lives in San Antonio, TX.

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Chris Perez - Author Book Signing in Corpus Christi, TX

Fans flock to signing of Chris Perez's new book 'To Selena, With Love' ... Chris Perez is a Grammy-winning American guitarist and the widower of superstar recording artist Selena. He won a Latin Grammy for his 2000 solo album, Resurrection. Since 2006 he has been a guitarist for A.B. Quintanilla III y Los Kumbia All Starz. He lives in San Antonio, TX.

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Biscuit Appearance - Feb. 25th, 2012 at Albertsons 0952

Everybody enjoyed reading, seeing and meeting Biscuit at Albertsons!

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Corduroy - Feb. 11th, 2012

Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It’s a brave new world! He accidentally gets on an elevator that he thinks must be a mountain and sees the furniture section that he thinks must be a palace. He tries to pull a button off the mattress, but he ends up falling off the bed and knocking over a lamp. The night watchman hears the crash, finds Corduroy, and puts him back on the shelf downstairs. The next morning, he finds that it’s his lucky day! A little girl buys him with money she saved in her piggy bank and takes him home to her room. Corduroy decides that this must be home and that Lisa must be his friend. Youngsters will never get tired of this toy-comes-alive tale with a happy ending.

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Sesame Street - Laredo 8

Elmo and friends joined in on a reading activity with Los Pepitos Schoolhouse Students. There were about 50 kids and parents enjoying the session!

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Steven Law - Author Book Signing

Steven Law and STEVEN ANDERSON LAW are pen names for Steven Anderson, under which he writes fiction and has written a weekly newspaper column, “Suburban Cowboy.” He chose the pseudonym in honor of his grandmother, Dorothy Law Crawford, who read many stories to him as a child, and was a huge inspiration to him in education and in life. His grandmother died when he was in high school and using her name on some of his writings is like a blanket dedication for all that she gave to him.

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Kyla and Carlos in Del Rio, Texas

The Kyla & Carlos books are designed to make learning together with your children fun. Filled with the adventures of two cousins from different backgrounds who explore the world together, this series engages your children’s imagination in ways that will strengthen their English and Spanish vocabulary.

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Bad Kitty - Albertson's LLC 997

Bad Kitty doesn’t mean to be bad … she just always seems to get herself into trouble. Whether she is trying to be a good little kitty and eat her vegetables or be a quiet little kitty and behave at a birthday party, it seems that trouble finds a way to her. This loveable, relatable character is a perfect introduction to chapter books for young readers. Children will fall in love with Bad Kitty – and be roaring with laughter at all of her antics.

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Bad Kitty - Albertson's LLC 1021

Bad Kitty doesn’t mean to be bad … she just always seems to get herself into trouble. Whether she is trying to be a good little kitty and eat her vegetables or be a quiet little kitty and behave at a birthday party, it seems that trouble finds a way to her. This loveable, relatable character is a perfect introduction to chapter books for young readers. Children will fall in love with Bad Kitty – and be roaring with laughter at all of her antics.

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The Grinch - Character Appearance - Albertsons # 28 - Dec. 17

The Grinch hates Christmas, and wants to stop it from coming. So he forms a devious plan: to impersonate Santy Claus and to steal the Whos’ Christmas presents. But come Christmas morning, the Grinch is in for a shocking surprise. He did not stop Christmas from coming! And the Grinch realizes something new. That maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. That maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!

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Bad Kitty - Charcter Appearance - Safeway #1617 & #1899

Bad Kitty doesn’t mean to be bad … she just always seems to get herself into trouble. Whether she is trying to be a good little kitty and eat her vegetables or be a quiet little kitty and behave at a birthday party, it seems that trouble finds a way to her. This loveable, relatable character is a perfect introduction to chapter books for young readers. Children will fall in love with Bad Kitty – and be roaring with laughter at all of her antics.

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Glenn Beck Author Book Signing - Kroger #325 - Dec. 3, 2011

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of GBTV, is the author of seven previous #1 New York Times bestsellers: An Inconvenient Book, Glenn Beck’s Common Sense, Arguing with Idiots, The Christmas Sweater and The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book, The Overton Window and The Original Argument. His audio original Idiots Unplugged is available now from Simon & Schuster Audio or downloadable from Simon & Schuster Online. He is also the author of The Real America and the publisher of Mercury Ink, a publishing imprint (www.mercuryink.com).

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The Neelys - Author Book Signing - Kroger

As co-owners of Neely’s Bar-B-Que, Patrick (Pat) and Gina Neely (http://www.ginaandpat.com/) have turned their family restaurant into one of the most successful barbecue restaurants in the South. Now they share the secrets behind their favorite dishes and their passion for food, family and fun on Food Network’s Down Home with the Neelys.

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Tyrese Gibson - Live concert, CD signing, book signing - Ft. Hood

R&B singer, Tyrese Gibson, gave a live concert on Ft. Hood Army base, promoting his new CD "Open Invitation" and signing his book "How To Get Out Your Own Way."

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Chris Paolini Book Signing Ft Hood 11-17-11

Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. As a child, he often wrote short stories and poems, made frequent trips to the library, and read widely. The idea of Eragon began as the daydreams of a teen. Christopher’s love for the magic of stories led him to craft a novel that he would enjoy reading. The project began as a hobby, a personal challenge; he never intended it to be published. All the characters in Eragon are from Christopher’s imagination except Angela the herbalist, who is loosely based on his sister. Christopher was fifteen when he wrote the first draft of Eragon. He took a second year to revise the book and then gave it to his parents to read. The family decided to self-publish the book and spent a third year preparing the manuscript for publication: copyediting, proofreading, designing a cover, typesetting the manuscript, and creating marketing materials.

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Chris Paolini - Author Book Signing - Round Rock, TX

Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. As a child, he often wrote short stories and poems, made frequent trips to the library, and read widely. The idea of Eragon began as the daydreams of a teen. Christopher’s love for the magic of stories led him to craft a novel that he would enjoy reading. The project began as a hobby, a personal challenge; he never intended it to be published. All the characters in Eragon are from Christopher’s imagination except Angela the herbalist, who is loosely based on his sister. Christopher was fifteen when he wrote the first draft of Eragon. He took a second year to revise the book and then gave it to his parents to read. The family decided to self-publish the book and spent a third year preparing the manuscript for publication: copyediting, proofreading, designing a cover, typesetting the manuscript, and creating marketing materials.

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Cake Boss at HEB #463

For Buddy Valastro, 33, mixing eggs, sugar, butter and flour mean a lot more than “making a cake.” As a fourth generation baker, it’s a constant source of pleasure, pride and creativity. Creating amazing cakes connects Buddy with the memory of his father Buddy Sr. and his extended Italian family history. His talent and passion for the family business, Carlo’s Bakery, has earned the straight-talking cake expert the moniker, and TLC TV show, Cake Boss.

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The Grinch - HEB Laredo 8

The Grinch hates Christmas, and wants to stop it from coming. So he forms a devious plan: to impersonate Santy Claus and to steal the Whos’ Christmas presents. But come Christmas morning, the Grinch is in for a shocking surprise. He did not stop Christmas from coming! And the Grinch realizes something new. That maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. That maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!

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Kyla & Carlos at the La Frontera Ministries Event - Oct. 29th, 2011

The Kyla & Carlos books are designed to make learning together with your children fun. Filled with the adventures of two cousins from different backgrounds who explore the world together, this series engages your children’s imagination in ways that will strengthen their English and Spanish vocabulary.

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Kyla & Carlos at Dr. William Long Elementary

Kyla & Carlos books are designed to make learning together with your children fun. Filled with the adventures of two cousins from different backgrounds who explore the world together, this series engages your children’s imagination in ways that will strengthen their English and Spanish vocabulary.

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Kyla & Carlos at the Mercedes Early Childhood Center

Kyla & Carlos books are designed to make learning together with your children fun. Filled with the adventures of two cousins from different backgrounds who explore the world together, this series engages your children’s imagination in ways that will strengthen their English and Spanish vocabulary.

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Kyla & Carlos at W.B. Travis Elementary

Kyla & Carlos books are designed to make learning together with your children fun. Filled with the adventures of two cousins from different backgrounds who explore the world together, this series engages your children’s imagination in ways that will strengthen their English and Spanish vocabulary.

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Texas Book Festival - Read To Lead - Oct. 22-23

The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy. Mrs. Bush created a task force to plan the book festival to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading and serve to benefit the state's public libraries. The first Festival took place at the Capitol in November 1996; the Festival has quickly evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country, annually hosting over 200 Texas and nationally known authors. Approximately 40,000 visitors participate annually in a weekend of author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and musical entertainment at the State Capitol in Austin.

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Texas Book Festival Fiction Writing Contest

Read to Lead was proud to sponsor The Texas Book Festival Fiction writing contest. Students from across the state in grades 7-12 were invited to enter a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words and themed “End of Days.” A panel of judges comprised of authors, journalists, educators, and other industry professionals based their decisions on excellence in use of dialogue, imagery, character development, setting, plot, conflict and resolution. The entries were categorized into three divisions: 7th and 8th grade, 9th and 10th grade and 11th and 12th grade. Read To Lead presented the top three scorers in each division a cash prize plus a plaque.

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Hungry Girl (Lisa Lillien) - Author Book Signing at HEB San Antonio #39

Lisa Lillien isn’t a nutritionist. She’s just hungry. Lisa considers herself a “foodologist,” not because she has a fancy degree, but because she’s obsessed with food — how wonderful it is, and how much of it she can eat and still fit into her pants. A typical woman battling the same food issues many women struggle with every day, Lisa has tried the latest fad diets, chomps on low-calorie foods and, of course, orders everything on the side.

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Hungry Girl - Author Book Signing - Austin, TX

Lisa Lillien isn’t a nutritionist. She’s just hungry. Lisa considers herself a “foodologist,” not because she has a fancy degree, but because she’s obsessed with food — how wonderful it is, and how much of it she can eat and still fit into her pants. A typical woman battling the same food issues many women struggle with every day, Lisa has tried the latest fad diets, chomps on low-calorie foods and, of course, orders everything on the side.

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Anne Burrell - Book Signing - HEB 102

With her trademark spiky blond hair and pumped-up personality, Anne Burrell has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, and has battled alongside Mario Batali as his sous chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Anne eliminates the intimidation of restaurant dishes and reveals concise, easy-to-master techniques for the at-home cook on her Food Network series, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. Anne also co-hosts Worst Cooks in America, a prime-time reality show where Anne leads a team of hopeless home cooks from around the country through culinary boot camp.

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Doreen Cronin - Author Book Signing at HEB #14 in Kyle, TX

Doreen Cronin is the successful author of many bestselling picture books, including Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Dooby Dooby Moo; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Doreen Cronin - Author Book Signing at HEB #68

Doreen Cronin is the successful author of many bestselling picture books, including Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Dooby Dooby Moo; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Kerrelyn Sparks - Book Signing - Pflugerville

Kerrelyn Sparks’ first paranormal romance, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, zoomed out of the bat cave so fast it became Borders bestselling debut romance of 2005. Each book in the Love at Stake series has become a USAToday bestseller. When the fourth book, The Undead Next Door, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, even the Undead sat up and took notice, which made Kerrelyn a bit nervous. She lives in the Greater Houston area with her husband, children, and a house full of garlic. So far, there are no vampires in her family. Werewolves are another matter entirely.

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Kerrelyn Sparks - Book Signing - SA 39

Kerrelyn Sparks’ first paranormal romance, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, zoomed out of the bat cave so fast it became Borders bestselling debut romance of 2005. Each book in the Love at Stake series has become a USAToday bestseller. When the fourth book, The Undead Next Door, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, even the Undead sat up and took notice, which made Kerrelyn a bit nervous. She lives in the Greater Houston area with her husband, children, and a house full of garlic. So far, there are no vampires in her family. Werewolves are another matter entirely.

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Kyla & Carlos 9/10/11

Kyla & Carlos appearance at HEB Plus, McCreless Market in San Antonio, Tx on 9/10/11 Kyla & Carlos books are designed to make learning together with your children fun. Filled with the adventures of two cousins from different backgrounds who explore the world together, this series engages your children’s imagination in ways that will strengthen their English and Spanish vocabulary. Bring your children to meet Kyla & Carlos this summer at an HEB near you!

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Passport To Reading Let's Read Day 9/10/11

At the Passport to Reading event children enjoyed free games & activites, including a Rock Climbing Wall and a Bounce Slide. They went to each tent and collected stamps in their “Read to Lead Passport”. Once they had all of their stamps they presented their completed passport for a free book of their choice at our Literacy Pavilion. Everyone enjoyed live music throughout the day, food & drinks, prize drawings, and other cool give-a-ways!

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Sarah Matheny - Author Book Signing at Safeway 1935 - Let's Read Day 9/10/11

When Sarah Matheny, creator of the popular blog www.peasandthankyou.com, decided to eliminate animal products from her diet, she knew thereʼd be skeptics. Her husband was raised on the standard American diet. Her grandpa was a butcher. Her mom was the best home cook around, with a generous pat of butter here and a crumble of bacon there. But now Sarah is a mom who wants to feed her children right. Out went the diet soda. In came the smoothies. Out went the “nutrition” bars. In came the nutritious cookies. Out went a tired, caffeine-fueled mom. In came Mama Pea. Peas and Thank You is a collection of recipes and stories from a mainstream family eating a not-so-mainstream diet. It’s filled with healthy and delicious versions of foods weʼve all grown up enjoying, but with a Mama Pea twist—no meat, lots of fresh ingredients and plenty of nutrition for growing Peas. From wholesome breakfasts to mouth-watering desserts, thereʼs plenty here to satisfy the pickiest Peas in your life. Itʼs easier than ever to whip up crowd- pleasing meals that will have the whole family asking for, “more, Peas.”

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Linda Lael Miller - Author Book Signing at Safeway 1494 - Let's Read Day 9/10/11

As the daughter of a town marshal, Linda has come home to the western lifestyle that gave birth to one of today’s most successful authors. The self-confessed barn goddess left Washington years ago and pursued her wanderlust, living in Arizona and London and traveling the world. Now the author of more than 100 novels, the “First Lady of the West” is glad to be back home, writing contemporary and historical stories that have earned her awards and placements on all the national bestsellers lists.

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Brenda Novak - Author Book Signing at Safeway 1617 - Let's Read Day 9/10/11

Brenda Novak, author "IN Seconds" and "INside", was at a Safeway in Roseville, CA selling and signing her books for her fans. Brenda sold her first book, and the rest was history. Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Reader's Choice, the Bookseller's Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors.

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Toot & Puddle Appearance - Albertsons - Let's Read Day 9/10/11

Toot A young pig-on-the-go and a globe-trotting adventurer, Toot loves to explore and is constantly on the lookout for any new challenge or untried experience. With his digital camera in tow, Toot often sends his photos as postcards to his friends at home. Puddle is the backyard explorer who, although he loves to travel, takes even greater pleasure in finding excitement closer to home. His calm demeanor provides the ballast to the whirlwind that is Toot. Puddle's biggest weakness is that his need for a routine and a plan sometimes makes it difficult for him to cope with spontaneous changes or unexpected obstacles. http://www.nickjr.com/toot-puddle/about-toot-puddle/toot-and-puddle-characters.html

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Poky Puppy 8/26/11

Storytime with Poky Puppy at HEB Plus in San Antonio, TX on 8/6/11

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