Lassoing Literacy

Come to the Children’s READ ME A STORY Tent to hear the story of Hound Dawg and see Hound Dawg live and in person!

As part of the North Texas Children’s Authors and Illustrators’ “Lassoing Literacy,” teacher Kathy Ritz will join Media Center Coordinator Patricia Vermillion in presenting the author’s recently released children’s book Hound Dawg. The event will be held at the Dallas Public Library’s Erik Jonsson Central Library:
Saturday November 5 from 1:15 to 1:25 p.m..

1515 Young Street in downtown Dallas (in the second floor children’s area)

Top Ten Books for Principals to Read Aloud at Staff Meetings by Matt Renwick — Nerdy Book Club

Files are saved, paperwork is completed, and instructions are left for the new principal. As I prepare for a new adventure as principal of Mineral Point Elementary School (Wisconsin), there is one thing left to do for my successor: Provide a list of excellent books to read aloud to staff members to start meetings. […]

via Top Ten Books for Principals to Read Aloud at Staff Meetings by Matt Renwick — Nerdy Book Club

Southern Bound Books

Biloxi’s only independent book shop!
New location in Ocean Springs now open for business!

We are happy to announce that children’s author Patricia Vermillion will join us for story time. She will read her latest picture book, “Hound Dawg”. Ms. Vermillion is an award winning children’s author and is a Mississippi native, now living in Texas.
We will also have a surprise guest join us! Don’t miss it!
Tuesday, July 12th
10:30 – 11:30

At Southern Bound Book Shop, we offer new and used books in numerous genres from Fiction to How-To, and provide a cozy Children’s section for the little ones as well! We will also trade your used books at the Biloxi location for store credit to use towards future purchases.

We value the authors in and around our community and support their literary efforts by showcasing their books. Southern authors are our specialty!

But we’re more than just a bookstore! Stop in and check out our collection of vintage jewelry and art pieces & decor by local and regional artists!
Visit Our Shop at
280 Eisenhower Drive
Biloxi, MS 39531
1218 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

A Garden of Books…
Take a Book, Leave a Book
As part of our efforts to promote reading, we have partnered with a local coffeehouse, The Greenhouse on Porter, to provide a free book exchange for the Ocean Springs community. The Little Free Library is located at 404 Porter Avenue in Ocean Springs, MS. (Charter #29784)

Thank you to Mr. Ronald Baker, of Biloxi, for masterfully crafting our Little Free Library!

African American History Month

During the month of February, schools celebrate the achievements of black Americans and their role in history. This month I discovered Mae C. Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut. Mae, as a child, always had an interest in space. She attended medical school and became a doctor. After several years, Mae trained for NASA and became an astronaut. She flew aboard the Endeavor and preformed tests to see how space effects health. She lives in Houston, Texas where she created a space camp for students 12 to 16 years of age. Students learn about science and how to apply it to everyday life.

LBJ Tree Lighting Ceremony

Hound Dawg visiting the LBJ state park Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa’s helper came on stage to give Hound Dawg a HIGH FIVE. If you have not visited LBJ’s ranch, now is the time!

Monkey & Dog Bookstore

Monkey & Dog Bookstore in Ft. Worth is sure to please. The owner, Shelly, created Fetch Sticks, Dog Biscuits and Hot Dogs for the little listeners who came to hear Hound Dawg howl! A wonderful place to visit for books and food to go!

Square Books Jr and The Baddour Center

Monday at 3:00, Hound Dawg and I read and signed in Oxford Mississippi at the fabulous Square Books Jr. Hound Dawg frightened a few children, but not on purpose. He had SOME children sitting in his lap.

Monday at 6:30, Hound Dawg and I presented and signed at The Baddour Center in Senatobia, Mississippi. Hound Dawg was on his best behavior.