Summer for Kids at Main Street Books
It’s here, it’s here! Summertime… and a lengthy roundup of all of the kids’ summer happenings at Main Street Books. We’ve got storytimes and author signings, recommendations for all ages, and a feature interview with local authors Susan and Lexi Haas. Let’s dive in, shall we?
A Mostly-True Middle Grades Tale:
Catching Up with Susan and Lexi Haas and
THE YEAR OF THE BUTTERED CAT
A few months ago, Susan and Lexi Haas visited with 800 middle schoolers as a part of their continued book tour for The Year of the Buttered Cat, a “mostly true” memoir they co-authored and published in 2021.
“When we walked on campus, the kids were whispering, ‘There’s Lexi! It’s Lexi!’” recounts Susan. “For a mom who’s used to hearing whispers for a different reason, it was all I could do to not sit down and cry right there.”
Lexi, the youngest of five Haas children, is a college student studying history and mythology, a voracious reader who averages a book a day, and a published author. She also lives with significant physical disabilities resulting from complications of newborn jaundice.
It feels good to be published, says Lexi, who uses partner-assisted scanning to spell out her response. Her sister Hannah interprets, using a system of colors to find the letters more quickly; Lexi indicates “yes” by sticking her tongue out. “No” is a growl.
“It helps that I know her so well and can usually see where she’s going,” adds Hannah, “but it would be really tiring to write an entire book like that.”
Read the full interview with Lexi and Susan Haas on our blog, THE MAIN SQUEEZE, then come by Thursday, June 9 at 11 am to meet them in person!
With gratitude for all the authors out there who write books for kids,