Best-Selling Children's Author to Stop at Texas Tech Classrooms, Lubbock Bookstores

Written by Michael Castellon

Date: March 29, 2006
CONTACT: Michael Castellon,

LUBBOCK – Award-winning children’s author Holly Bea became so inspired by the thousands of Canada geese that take refuge annually on the shores of Lubbock’s Maxey Park she wanted to convey the importance of their cross-country journey to children all over the world.

Bea, a graduate of Texas Tech University, will teach two creative writing classes at the Department of English April 6, and will teach 15 classes at Hardwick Elementary School April 7.

“Both Texas Tech and the Lubbock community hold very special places in my heart,” Bea said. “To return there and tell the story that was inspired by my walks at Maxey Park is very special to me.”

The best-selling author of “Where Does God Live?” and five other children’s books was enthralled by the geese and penned her latest work, “Lucy Goose Goes to Texas.” It tells the story of a newborn goose who decides to fly to Texas from a northern wilderness without the aid of her family. How Lucy resolves her difficulty and finally reaches Texas illustrates the value of teamwork and cooperation.

This is the author’s first mainstream children’s title. Her previous six are non-denominational spiritual books for children. She writes her stories for her nieces and nephew, who reside in Lubbock.

Bea will sign copies of her books at Barnes & Noble on Slide Road at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7.

Bea and illustrator Kim Howard won the 2002 Francis and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children’s Literature in 2002 for their book “Where Does God Live?” Bea was also honored by the Church and Synagogue Library Association with the Helen Keating Ott Award, for outstanding contributions to children’s literature and the promotion of high ethical and moral values. She has been featured on numerous television talk shows, in magazines and newspapers nationwide.

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CONTACT: Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe, assistant professor of English, (806) 742-2500, ext. 283, or

Phillip Neeb, principal, Hardwick Elementary School, (806) 766-0844