This is not your school's summer reading list

Notes from Gigi and Meg

June 18, 2014

Whew!  It was a wonderful Girls of Summer live launch party with 270 visitors at the library to help us celebrate our new list. Here are some photos for you!

Our list in buttons!

Our list in buttons!

Milling around before the event.

Milling around before the event.

The bag-o-books for pre-K thru grade 3

The bag-o-books for pre-K thru grade 3

Bag-o-books for grades 4 -6

Bag-o-books for grades 4 -6

Bag-o-books for grades 7 and higher

Bag-o-books for grades 7 and higher

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How's this for amazing? Girls Rock RVA were the opening band! (Recognize any unassuming librarians in there?)

How’s this for amazing? Girls Rock RVA were the opening band! (Recognize any unassuming librarians in there?)

Hannah Barnaby signing after the event.

Hannah Barnaby signing after the event.

May 7, 2014

Hi Girls of Summer fans!

After that mean Winter: Come on, Summer! Right?

Meg and I have had an amazing year since Girls of Summer 2013, and we thank you for your support of Girls of Summer and our books, too!

First of all, how about that exciting news that #1 strong girl, Meg Medina won the ALA’s Pura Belpre Award this year for her fantastic novel from Candlewick Press,Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Yay, Meg! (We Knew Her When…)

Likewise, I’m very proud to share that my book Come August, Come Freedom (also from Candlewick) won the People’s Choice Award for Fiction from the Library of Virginia. Thank you, good people!

Hey, if you’re anywhere near RVA in the Eight Oh Four, please join us for our 4th Annual Summer Reading Party on Wednesday, June 18, 2014,  7 pm , Main Branch, Richmond Public Library. We’ll be partying with books, buttons, librarians, ice cream (natch) and our freakishly incredible guest author, Hannah Barnaby, author of Wonder Show, a book that Meg and I ADORE.

You know where to be 6/18: Richmond Public Library,  101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA. In the auditorium. Think: Circus.

With thoughts of sun, sand, good books, and yes, that gorgeous James River that is calling us to jump in!

Gigi
P.S. Hannah’s Wonder Show is a little sneak peak of the awesomeness to come for Girls of Summer 2014. Go read it now! Then come back on 6/14, just before the party to see our recommendations for strong-girl reads this summer.

June 10, 2013

Hi summer girls, summer readers!
Guess what?
Chicken Butt! Not really.
It’s summer! Time to freshen up your reading list and share your favorite books with all your friends. Our kick-off post comes to you from the legendary, wise, and wonderful, Anita Silvey! You may know Anita from her Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac or as the author of the intriguing middle grade book, I’ll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War. Anita is our first Girls of Summer guest star, and we could not be happier! Look for Anita and the guest star-sunflower seastar icon: seastar
We’re excited to gather with you at Library Park behind the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library next Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7 p.m. Two fantastic Virginia authors will join us! Come meet Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Fingerprints of You, and Jeri Watts, author of Kizzy Ann Stamps. Until then, check out some of our favorite amazing books for amazing girls. And, read more about the Girls of Summer reading project in Richmond Family Magazine and the Richmond Times-Dispatch!
Remember to check back every Friday when we’ll have interviews and Q & A’s with:

  • Marianne Baker
  • Katherine Catmull
  • Tanita S. Davis
  • Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • Marthe Jocelyn
  • Karen Lotz
  • Kristen-Paige Madonia
  • Sy Montgomery
  • Doreen Rappaport
  • Neela Vaswani
  • and more fabulous people!

With thoughts of sun, sand, and great books,
Gigi and Meg

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Notes from Gigi and Meg as we hibernate during Winter 2012-13

Hi Girls of Summer fans:

It’s almost time to turn our clocks ahead, and you know what THAT means!  Summer is right around the corner.

We’ve had a terrific winter. Gigi released her historical novel, Come August, Come Freedom, and Meg’s new Young Adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, is due in bookstores this month. More important, we have been hard at work getting our new Girls of Summer list together. Expect the online launch  of the 2013 list on June 10, 2013.

If you’re anywhere in the mid-Atlantic, why don’t you plan on joining us for the live launch on Tuesday, June 18, 2013,  7 pm? We’ll be at Library Park, right behind the main branch of the Richmond Public Library,  101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA.

With thoughts of sun, sand, and good books,

Gigi and Meg

March 8, 2013

Updated 8/26/12

Our 2012 weekly giveaway winners: 

Rosa Gonzalez, Mcallen, TX; Alice Longaker, Greely, CO: signed bookmarks from author Laura Resau (The Queen of Water)

Amy Truter, San Jose, CA; faux pearls and autographed copy of Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo

Amanda at Vivalabooks, Dallas, TX; autographed copy of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

What? You didn’t win anything? Make a note: Read the weekly Q & As next season and post a comment. You’ll automatically be entered to win something from the drawings. 

Thanks to all of you who came to the live Launch for Girls of Summer 2012!   

More than 100 girls, moms, librarians, teachers, and friends!

Our library friends and our special guest author Wendy Shang (2nd from left)

Library branch manager Patty Parks, Gigi Amateau and Meg Medina

Check back every Friday because starting June 22 we’ll have interviews and Q & A’s with:

  • Maribeth Boelts
  • Julia Denos
  • Jo Knowles
  • V. Rossi
  • Wendy Shang
  • Lila Quintero Weaver
  • Dori Jones Yang
  • and more fabulous people!

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