ALA 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition #ALAAC16

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Every time I go to ALA I feel like a kid in a candy store. Where else in the world can you meet your favorite librarians, educators, editors, and publishers; bump into Dan Santat in the hallway; and hear your child scream with delight, “Mo Willems is HERE! HE’S HERE!!!

Below are a few photographic highlights from this year’s INCREDIBLE conference.

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My super excited boys with their super cool exhibitor badges. 

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Mo Willems

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“Hi Mr. Schu!” 

Pam Muñoz Ryan

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Alyson Beecher, me, Lola, Marcia Goldman, Marissa Moss and Kathryn Otoshi 

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Alyson Beecher and me

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Stephanie Bange and me

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Marissa Moss

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Marcia Goldman, Lola and her adorable fans

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Wilcox & Griswold, me and Marissa Moss

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Kathryn Otoshi

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Bethany Buck and me

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Sergio Ruzzier

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Kwame Alexander

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Rita Williams-Garcia and me

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Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen

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Jerry Pinkney

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me and Dan Santat

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Lori Degman’s adorable new book. Norbert is one radiant, terrific pig. 

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A well-prepared librarian! 

As my favorite spider might say, ALA is some conference. I can hardly wait for next year. Thank you, ALA!

 

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ABA’s Winter Institute 11

 

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It’s “ABA” week in my house. Ironically, as I return from the awesome American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute 11 in Denver, Colorado, my husband is off tomorrow to that other ABA, American Bar Association, in Los Angeles, California.

Not to judge (because I would NEVER, EVER do that), but I have a feeling my ABA conference is (oh, how shall I put this delicately?) way more fun than his. Let’s face it, Kwame Alexander, Newberry Medalist for The Crossover was the breakfast keynote speaker. I think that pretty much sums up my point.

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Booked by Kwame Alexander (releases April 5, 2016)

Alexander gave an inspirational speech to a standing ovation of booksellers.

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“I believe literature can empower young people . . . Children’s book authors, like teachers, have a responsibility to imagine a better and brighter world. It’s important for each of us to say yes to ideas and thinking out of the box. You all are the way we can continue this legacy of creating beautiful people.” (Quoted from Judith Rosen’s article, Winter Institute 11: Kwame Alexander Becomes the ‘Say Yes Guy’ at the Show, Publishers Weekly (Web.) Jan. 26, 2016.)

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Me and Kwame Alexander

For me, a highlight of the conference was attending the small and university presses luncheon where I had the chance to listen to Marissa Moss, editor and publisher extraordinaire, describe Creston Books’ spring list. And I have to say, I may have been a tad giddy (that’s probably the understatement of the year!) when Marissa started talking about Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep.

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It was incredible to finally share Hildie Bitterpickles with so many wonderful booksellers. For this very special occasion, I wore my witchiest Hildie pajamas.

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And of course, no witch outfit is complete without a hat.