Texas Sweethearts

Children's Authors


Texas Sweetheart Emeritus

Jeanette grew up wanting to be a detective but instead became a librarian, which is almost the same thing but you rarely get beat up by bad guys. As a librarian Jeanette Larson had read all of the books on the shelves so decided to start writing some books of her own.

After writing a number of exciting books for librarians, she began to write for children. Her love of birds, nature, and animals led her to write Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore From the Americas, published by Charlesbridge and she was the contributing editor for Quilt of States, published by National Geographic. Her books for librarians include El día de los niños/El día de los libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día, published by the American Library Association. She writes articles for professional journals, including Book Links, and is working on a number of new projects, including a book on how to be a children's librarian. She and her husband, Jim, are also working on a book together. Jeanette regularly blogs for ReaderKidz and for the Association for Library Services to Children.

As a librarian, she can't help but organize and share information on topics she cares about so check out the Resources section of her website for printable material and other resources on hummingbirds.

She and Jim, along with their schipperke dogs, Indigo and Daisy, enjoy traveling and visiting new places.

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Jeanette enjoys speaking to school groups, public libraries, and nature clubs about writing, reading, and hummingbirds. Her presentations can focus on science, writing, storytelling, or other topics tailored to meet curriculum needs. As a former children's librarian, Jeanette understands the budgetary constraints and will work with you to provide an affordable program that meets the needs of your students. She is also able to combine librarian in-service training with an author program for students and parents.


Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore From the Americas (Charlesbridge, 2011)

Hummingbirds have fascinated people since ancient times and have inspired native peoples to weave them into folklore. Jeanette larson and Adrienne Yorinks combine hummingbird facts with retellings of hummingbird tales from various peoples of the Americas to give readers an informative and cultural look at these amazing birds. each folklore story offers a cultural explanation for a specific characteristic of these unique birds.


El Dia de Los Ninos/El Dia de Los Libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community Through Dia (American Library Association, 2011)

A celebration of children, families, and reading held annually since 1996, Children's Day/BookDay, known as Dia, emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and culturalbackgrounds. In anticipation of D a's fifteenth anniversary, the Association for Library Service toChildren (ALSC) presents a collection of the best of its D a programming ideas, offering A wealth of ready-to-use programs, easily adaptable for a variety of cultures Cultural competency training tips to encourage outreach to minority populations Interviews with library directors about the best ways to heighten awareness of cultural andliteracy issuesComplemented by numerous bilingual book suggestions, this resource is perfect for collection development, early literacy storytimes, and year-round program planning.


Quilt of States (National Geographic, 2005)

There is no book quite like Quilt of States—the unique combination of handmade quilts with the voice of each state heard through the writing of one of the state's librarians to illustrate the coming together of the United States of America.

As a major contributor to this unique book by Adrienne Yorinks, Jeanette pulled together librarians and historians to explain why their state wanted to be part of the patchwork quilt we call America. (Grades 3-7)


Bringing Mysteries Alive for Children and Young Adults (Linworth, 2004)

A practical source for teachers and librarians to use when introducing mysteries to children and young adults, this comprehensive guide includes ideas for programs, crafts, and resources related to mysteries. (Adults)


CREW: A Manual for Modern Libraries (Texas State Library, 2008)

Available at no cost (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/pubs/crew/index.html), this is the penultimate guide for librarians looking to maintain library collections and "weed" out materials that are no longer useful or relevant. (Adults)