I spent an incredible weekend at ALA’s Midwinter Conference and Exhibits in Boston. Where else in the world can you find this many people who eat, breathe and sleep books? In a nutshell, it was AWESOME!
I had a wonderful time meeting and catching up with so many dedicated librarians, teachers, editors, writers, and illustrators. One highlight for me was meeting Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota. She included The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake on her “best children’s books to give this year” list and in her discussion on MPR. Here’s the link.
It was also a thrill to see so many of my friend’s books on display and to listen to everyone’s predictions on who might be getting some pretty stickers for their books. (HINT FOR UPCOMING BIRTHDAY PRESENT: Wilcox, Griswold, Hildie, and I LOVE stickers! 🙂 )
Here are a few photographic highlights:
Me and Laurie Wallmark at the Creston table
Mary Skiver, me, and Laura Simeon (Bryn Mawr Classmates, ’89 Anassa Kata!)
Laurie Wallmark and Andrea Beaty
Andrea Beaty’s latest book
Carolyn Yoder and Laurie Wallmark
City Shapes by Diana Murray and illustrated Bryan Collier (In bookstores June 21, 2016)
Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Coren Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez and illustrated by Dan Santat (In bookstores May 24, 2016)
Normal Norman by Tara Lazar and illustrated by S. Britt a/k/a Stephan Britt (In bookstores March 1, 2016)
Just hanging with Norman
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Cori McCarthy signing You Were Here
Be a Friend by Salina Yoon
Laurie Wallmark and her new friend, Oscar
Congratulations to all the ALA Youth Medal Award winners! It’s been an incredible year for children’s literature. And it’s so exciting to be a small part of it. I’m looking forward to another amazing year of kid-lit. Happy reading, writing, and illustrating!