Samuel E. Pittman II



Since he was a second-grader,Samuel E. Pittman II knew he was a writer, and he's been penning stories and poems and more ever since. A graduate of Somerville High School and Texas A&M University, Pittman teaches middle school language arts and volunteers his time as a track coach. Along with reading and writing, Pittman enjoys watching sports, playing chess, watching good movies, listening to good music, brewing good tea, and gardening.



1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Children’s Authors Tent 1
Book Talk
Alligator Jazz

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Alligator Jazz

Alligator Slim is tired of singing sad songs and playing the blues down in the swamp. From now on, he’s going to play jazz! He packs up his saxophone and heads to the big city where he lands a gig at The Zoo playing this jumping lively sound. The crowds love him! This is where he is meant to be and everything seems perfect. That is until a certain weasel becomes jealous. He is none too thrilled about Alligator Slim stealing his fans, and makes sure that Slim won’t be able to perform. Young readers with revel in the musicality of the text and the lush atmospheric illustrations that bring to life this heartwarming musical tale of change, struggle, deception, and forgiveness.


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