Something About the Authors and Songwriters
Heather Coleson, author of the Preschool Programs chapter, has worked for the Dallas Public Library and currently serves as a Children’s Librarian at Nicholson Memorial Library System. Heather loves kids. She should, she has all the kids at Garland’s Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Central Library, plus four of her own! Between chauffeuring, Girl Scouts, and impromptu storytimes at home, Heather somehow manages to be a top-notch librarian. She holds a B.A. in History from UT Arlington and earned her MLS from the University of North Texas.
Miranda Bauer, co-author of the Toddler Programs Chapter, is the Youth Services Librarian at the Benbrook Public Library, where she has worked for the past seven years. She previously worked for the Hill County College Library and the Crowley Public Library. Miranda earned her MLS at the University of North Texas.
WyLaina Hildreth, co-author of the Toddler Programs Chapter, works at the Denton Public Library. Ms. Hildreth received her MLS from the University of North Texas. She was a co-author of the young adult and celebrations chapters of the 2007 Texas Reading Club manual and programs in the 2008 Texas Teens Read! manual.
Bonnie Langan, co-author of the Elementary Programs Chapter, began working as a Children’s Librarian at the Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library of the Harris County Public Library in August 2002 and now works at the Barbara Bush Branch. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in reading, and her MLS from Texas Woman’s University. Bonnie tried working in adult services for a year but found children’s work to be her calling. Bonnie enjoys her seven grandchildren and is expecting her eighth in October.
Kim Lehman, author of the Celebrations Programs Chapter, is celebrating 25 years of working with children as a teacher, professional storyteller, musician, puppeteer, and workshop presenter. She has performed at the Texas Library Association, Texas Storytelling Festival and was a frequent guest storyteller for a local children's television show. Kim recently produced a CD and activity book with over 30 songs to sing with children. After many years at the Austin Public Library, Kim is now a freelance performer and presenter currently on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster.
Kay Lincycomb, author of the puppet plays, is the children's librarian at the Rowlett Public Library. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from West Texas State University, and her MLS from North Texas State University. She previously worked for the Nicholson Memorial Library System in Garland, and for the Garland Independent School District. She is the author of Storytimes Plus (Neal-Shuman, 2007).
Sally Meyers, author of the piggyback theme song, has been the Youth Services Coordinator for the Tom Green County Library System in San Angelo for seventeen years. Previously she was teacher-director of La Escuelita Preschool for nine years. Sally served on the Texas Reading Club Advisory Committee from 1994-1998 and has written the summer reading piggyback theme song every year since 1995. She has served as a member of Children's Round Table's 2 X 2 Committee , served as chair of student participation on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee from 2004 to 2006 and is presently chair of the Texas 2 x 2 Selection Committee. Besides reading, Sally enjoys being choir director at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in San Angelo.
Anne Neidinger, co-author of the Elementary Programs Chapter, is a Children's Librarian at the Tomball College and Community Library of Harris County Public Library. Anne earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Texas A&M University and a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. With Bonnie Langam, she published “Igniting a Children's Summer Reading Program on a Piggy-Bank Budget” in the Texas Library Journal (2006), and presented a contributed paper of the same title at the 2006 TLA Annual Conference. Anne’s hobbies include writing for children and she was formerly regional advisor for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Rose Treviño, author of the Para los niños chapter, is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Houston Public Library. An active member of the ALA Association of Library Services for Children, Rose is currently Chair of the Newbery Award Committee. Rose has served on the ALA Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee, the TLA Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee, and the TLA 2 X 2 Reading List Committee. She also served as Co-chair of the Youth Services Committee for REFORMA, Chair of the TLA Kellogg Foundation Committee to promote El día de los ninos, el día de los libros throughout Texas, and Chair of the TLA Children’s Round Table. In addition, Rose is a consultant and presents workshops for librarians in the area of youth services.
Singer/Songwriter, Sue Young, wrote the 2009 Texas Reading Club theme song, “Deep in the Heart”. Sue grew up in a big, music-loving family. Her mother played the piano, her father played ukelele and tenor guitar, all five children played an instrument, and everyone sang. Sue started on ukelele at age 8, moved to guitar at 11, and has been singing and playing ever since. Sue spent a year in Ecuador during college and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Spanish degree. She moved to Austin, Texas in 1985 to be part of the live music scene. She wound up teaching music and Spanish to children and that led to a new career as a children’s songwriter and storyteller. Sue has delighted audiences at schools, libraries and festivals around the US, and her 2007 CD Release “The Legend of the Quetzal - Tales and Tunes of Latin America” received a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and a Creative Child Seal of Excellence. Sue is the creator of the 2008 Texas Reading Club Theme Song, “Deep in the Heart.”