Inspire your kids to write books and love literature with this FREE event happening in Terre Haute!

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It’s not every day that our children get the opportunity to listen to an award-winning children’s book author and speaker, ask questions, and leave with an autograph.

As a former English major, events such as this one make my heart beat fast. In my mind, authors are a special type of celebrity.In fact, I still remember the first big event I attended with a famous author. I was in college, and I drove to Indy to see and hear Nicholas Sparks (don’t judge) in person.

Luckily, a drive to Indy isn’t required for this author event. It’s happening right here in the Haute, and it’s completely FREE!

Free Event in Terre Haute-Author Visit on April 10, 2019

The Battle of the Books is almost here! Join the  Vigo County Public Library (the event sponsor) and the Vigo County School Corporation for an author event featuring John David Anderson.

Not familiar with the book? Check out this teaser and then order your copy to be signed from Amazon (affiliate link):

Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Who recognizes something in you that sometimes you don’t even see in yourself. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind.

Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan—more of a quest, really—to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them—and what the three of them mean to each other.

There’s more! Did you know that the author lives in Indiana? John David Anderson is the author of several critically-acclaimed novels for young peopleHe lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He does not wear ties. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, putting off the dishes, watching movies, and chocolate. Those aren’t his real teeth. Not all of them, anyway. You can find out more on his author website OR meet him in person! 

Join the Vigo County Public Library, the Vigo County School Corporation and the Indiana Humanities for a novel conversation with Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee John David Anderson.

Dave, as he prefers to be called, will talk about the forces of inspiration and imagination and the need for young readers and writers to be the heroes of their own stories. This special event is being held at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School Auditorium.  Speaker starts at 6pm with book signing to follow.

Young Hoosier Author Night Presents: John David Anderson

Wednesday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Woodrow Wilson Middle School

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


This event will kick off the VCSC’s Battle of Books season, which is a yearly trivia bowl style contest that all 18 elementary schools and 5 middle schools in the county participate. The questions are derived from Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees and students work hard to read, and prepare for the contest all year long.