Liz Garton Scanlon

This author appeared at the 2012 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

Liz Garton Scanlon at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

Sculpt, stitch, sing. There's nothing a group of little minds can't do when they put their heads together, particularly when it's a group of kids putting on a show. Liz Scanlon's Think Big uses bite-sized rhyming couplets, enhanced by vibrant illustrations by Vanessa Newton, to tell the story of five friends and a cat using their imaginations to dream up and create their future selves through art. An aspiring musician, chef, photographer, singer, and carpenter have a lot to do before their debuts. Whether brainstorming strategies, thinking up recipes, or sewing costumes, the kids in Think Big send the message that when you put your mind to it, you can make great things happen. "Scanlon's spare rhyming text bursts with gusto. No page has more than four words, but every word's turbocharged because of flawless scansion and exuberance," Kirkus writes. Scanlon is the bestselling author of All the World, which received a 2010 Caldecott Honor, and has written many other books, including A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes. She lives in Austin.

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