Author Open House: Kate Hannigan presents "Blips on a Screen."

Please stop by and meet our friend, the author Kate Hannigan, as she signs copies of her new book, Blips on a Screen: How Ralph Baer Invented TV Video Gaming and Launched a Worldwide Obsession, an engaging picture book biography, the true story of a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who used his skills to pioneer home video games. This nonfiction picture book is recommended for ages 4-8. We'll have Kate's other work on hand as well, including her graphic novel for young readers, The Great Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes, her trilogy about superheros during World War Two, the League of Secret Heroes, perfect for middle grade readers, and her other new nonfiction picture book, Nellie vs. Elizabeth: Two Daredevil Journalists' Breakneck Race Around the World. 

About Blips on a Screen Do you ever wonder how video gaming was invented? What came before your PlayStation or Xbox? This is the story of Ralph Baer, a refugee from Nazi Germany, who used his skills–and a lot of ingenuity and persistence–to make life a little more fun. 
Television was new when Ralph returned from serving in World War II, but he didn’t settle for watching TV. He knew it could be even more fun if you could play with it. He tinkered and tested, got help and rejected, but with perseverance and skill, he made his vision come true! This is the inspiring story of a fearless inventor who made TV video games a reality.  Recommended for curious kids ages 4 - 8!

About the Author: Kate Hannigan is a noted author with a special passion for stories that empower girls and women. Her picture book biography, A Lady Has the Floor, received four starred reviews and was named a Junior Library Guild Selection. In addition to the 2016 Golden Kite Award for Middle Grade Fiction, The Detective’s Assistant also received two starred reviews and was a Booklist Editor’s Choice, among many other accolades. Hannigan presented at NCTE on “Our Mighty Girls,” about girl power in middle grade fiction, and was a judge for 2018’s Golden Kite Awards. Between her active presence on social media (@KateChicago), her work as founder of the Hyde Park/South Side Chicago chapter of SCBWI, and as a busy conference speaker, Kate is an involved, vocal, and respected member of the kid-lit community. Visit her online at


Event date: 

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Blips on a Screen: How Ralph Baer Invented TV Video Gaming and Launched a Worldwide Obsession Cover Image
By Kate Hannigan, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593306710
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2022

An engaging picture book biography based on the incredible true story of a Jewish refugee who pioneered home video games and launched a worldwide obsession.