2016 ALA Midwinter Conference & Exhibits


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:


Creston Books


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 


Lisa Yoskowitz


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!


15 comments on “2016 ALA Midwinter Conference & Exhibits

  1. Thanks for sharing; it’s the next best thing to being there! I hope someday to make it to one of these. *sigh* My friend/coworker Brian was there. I told him to stop by the Creston booth and say ‘hi’ to Robin for me. Not sure if he made it over there or not. 🙂

    • Lauri, I hope you can go to the next one. It’s in sunny Orlando, Florida. Fingers and toes crossed. I didn’t get a chance to meet Brian. By the way, I was looking for the Ripple Grove Press table and didn’t see it. Was hoping to take a photo of your book for the blog.

  2. WOW, what fantastic pics, Robin! OH, how I hope to attend one of these some day. You and Laurie are ALL smiles 😀 (Wonder why?! 😉 )

    I just love that giant Norman. Can’t wait to read it, and Corey’s and yours! It’s all SO exciting. There’s NOthing like KidLit!

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