Fort Bend ISD Bookapalooza 2024 (Elementary)

We hope you are excited for the 3rd Annual Bookapalooza, which takes place April 13 at Dulles Middle School! All authors will be available on site to get your books signed and personalized. Be sure to register here!



  • Bookapalooza 2024: Juneteenth

    by Van G. Garrett


    A lyrical picture book about our newest national holiday, Juneteenth follows the annual celebration in Galveston, Texas—the birthplace of Juneteenth—through the eyes of a child coming to understand their place in Black American history in a story from three Texan creators.

    A young Black child experiences the magic of the Juneteenth parade for the first time with their family as they come to understand the purpose of the party that happens every year—and why they celebrate their African American history!

    The poetic text includes selected lyrics from “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the unofficial Black National Anthem, and the vibrant art illuminates the beauty of this moment of Black joy celebrated across the nation. This vibrant adventure through the city streets invites young readers to make a joyful noise about freedom for all.

  • Bookapalooza 2024: Butt or Face? Volume 2 : Revenge of the Butts

    by Kari Lavelle


    Are you ready for round two of Butt or Face? Using a cheeky guessing game format, BUTT OR FACE 2 brings even more fascinating animal facts in this fun nonfiction picture book in a playful, engaging way. 

    In this second in series, more animals are introduced with a close-up photo and kids are asked to guess if they are seeing…um...err… the bottom or the top. The answer is revealed on the next page with a complete photo and factual detail about the animal and how it might use some camouflage or other trickery to engage with its habitat. 

    Readers will learn about animals like the alien butt spider whose backsides look like a pair of eyes or the saiga antelope whose nose actually moves like an elephant's trunk!

  • Bookapalooza 2024: I See Color

    by Valerie Bolling, Laylie Frazier (Illustrated by), Kailei Pew


    PRE-ORDER: May 28, 2024

    For fans of The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison: I See Color is a profound nonfiction picture book that affirms the diverse palette of color in people’s skin tones by celebrating their achievements and contributions to society. 

    Highlighting people like Madonna Thunder Hawk, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., incredible leaders are honored, seen, and heard on every page.

    Part ode to an array of beautiful skin tones and part introduction to change-makers in history, this book is a perfect conversation starter for readers everywhere.

    Notes from the creators and extensive back matter included.

  • 2024 Bookapalooza: They Built Me for Freedom : The Story of Juneteenth and Houston's Emancipation Park

    By Tonya Duncan Ellis


    PRE-ORDER: May 14, 2024

    A vibrant, moving picture book about the history of Emancipation Park in Houston, Texas—and the origins of Juneteenth.

    When people visit me, they are freeto run, play, gather, and rejoice.

    They built me to remember.

    On June 19, 1865, the 250,000 enslaved people of Texas learned they were free, ending slavery in the United States. This day was soon to be memorialized with the dedication of a park in Houston. The park was called Emancipation Park, and the day it honored would come to be known as Juneteenth.  

    In the voice and memory of the park itself—its fields and pools, its protests and cookouts, and, most of all, its people—the 150-year story of Emancipation Park is brought to life. Through lyrical text and vibrant artwork, Tonya Duncan Ellis and Jenin Mohammed have crafted an ode to the struggle, triumph, courage, and joy of Black America—and the promise of a people to remember.

  • Bookapalooza 2024: Algo, algún día

    by Amanda Gorman (translated by Jasminne Mendez)


    The stunning new picture book by presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Christian Robinson—available in Spanish

    Te dicen que esto
    no va a funcionar.
    ¿Pero cómo lo sabrás
    si nunca lo intentas?

    Amanda Gorman, poeta inaugural presidencial y autora #1 superventas del New York Times, y Christian Robinson, ganador de los premios Caldecott Honor y Coretta Scott King Honor, han creado un mensaje de esperanza eterna.

    A veces el mundo se siente roto. Y los problemas parecen demasiado grandes para solucionarlos. Pero de alguna forma, tenemos el poder de cambiar las cosas. Con un poco de fe, y con la ayuda de un amigo, juntos podemos encontrar la belleza y crear un cambio.

    Con un texto íntimo e inspirador, e ilustraciones poderosamente impresionantes, Algo, algún día nos enseña que hasta los gestos más pequeños pueden tener un gran impacto.

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