It’s fun to get mentioned in your local newspaper, but even more fun to get mentioned alongside your friends!

The Austin American-Statesman recently featured author Jason June and his new YA novel, Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball.

As part of the package, writer Sharyn Vane shone a spotlight on 11 other new children’s/YA books out this summer from Austin-area folks, and one of them was my upcoming Glitter Everywhere! Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going (available June 27 from Charlesbridge Publishing, with illustrations by Chaaya Prabhat):

Maybe you love glitter. Maybe you curse it. Whichever camp you fall into, “Glitter Everywhere!” will validate, teach and wow you. Barton’s previous nonfiction picture books have taught readers about such varied topics as the Oklahoma City bombing, World War 1 “dazzle ships” and U.S. Rep. John Roy Lynch. Here, he weaves the science of iridescence with the ethics of microplastics and engaging anecdotes. It doesn’t just inform, it invites deeper pondering, and underscores why young readers shouldn’t leave picture behind once they’re capable of absorbing longer stories.

If you’re reading this and you’re in the Austin area yourself, there are three upcoming opportunities to hear me talk about Glitter Everywhere! and get a signed copy: June 29 and July 6 in Austin itself, and July 1 at Lark & Owl Booksellers in Georgetown. I hope you’ll come say hello!