I’m wrapping up the Girl Scout troop finances for the year or would be if I could just get in the last registration checks from parents. I’m ready to send out 48 Hour Book Challenge prizes, if I can just find the packing tape. I’ve finished my mom’s surgical consultation, to find out how much can’t be done now. Closing the book on anything is frustrating today, so let’s talk about the future.
Not far in the future, mind you, but to the next weekend of American Library Association festivities. Ah, I can’t wait. I won’t be there for everything, but I have some great events marked off on my schedule. And the book signings! I can’t wait to bring my copies along and meet some of these fabulous authors and illustrators.
The high point for me will be the presentation I’m doing on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. on Chidlren’s and Young Adult Book Blogs, with the idea being to share our incredible community with librarians. I’m working with Liz Burns and Travis Jonkers for a presentation that is going to be most excellent. Here’s the description:
Enhance collection development, keep current on trends and titles, and provide better readers’ advisory using the collective, valuable resource of book reviews, industry news, and author interviews of children’s and young adult literature blogs. Learn how to utilize this dynamic, online world of fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose, picture books and teen titles, authors and illustrators, writing and reading, publishing insight and programming ideas.Doesn’t that sound like something you’d want to attend? You betcha! Then I’ll probably hit the variety of book signings, spaced out with publisher booth visits. I have a list of the ones I’m going to try to make, but here are some highlights: (The ** mark denotes books I own; the * shows books that are being given away as ARCs.)
10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.It’s difficult for me to even spend so much time on these book signings with the sessions I’ll be missing. I’m interested in the 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. session Notable Books for a Global Society Awards AASL and positively fascinated by the 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. session Not So Extreme Makeovers, which plans to “take a positive spin on those oft-depicted items in the library staff member’s closet focusing on enhancement rather than change.” Love it. Of course there’s always the Sixth Annual Book Cart Drill Team Championship, as emceed by Jon Scieszka and Mo Willems.
- Simon & Schuster, Inc. · booth 2644
Liz Garton Scanlon, author, and Marla Frazee, illustrator: **All the World
- Eerdmans Books for Young Readers · booth 2612
Jen Bryant, author, and Melissa Sweet, illustrator: **A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
- Bloomsbury/Walker & Co. · booth 2800
Jessica Day George, author: **Princess of Glass
Carrie Jones, author: Captivate
11:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
- Penguin Young Readers Group · booth 2500
John Green and David Levithan, authors: **Will Grayson, Will Grayson
- Little, Brown and Company · booth 2713
Jerry Pinkney, author/illustrator: **The Lion & the Mouse
- Abrams/Amulet/STC · booth 2732
Tom Angleberger, author/illustrator: **The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
- Farrar Straus Giroux · booth 2816
Barbara O’Connor, author: *The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester (arc)
1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
- Charlesbridge Publishing · booth 2710
Mitali Perkins, author: **Bamboo People
- Simon & Schuster, Inc. · booth 2644
Brian Floca, author/illustrator: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Jon Scieszka, author: SPHDZ Book #1!
- Scholastic · booth 2624
Deborah Wiles, author: Countdown
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
That evening, I’ll be attending the Newbery/Caldecott Awards Banquet in the table-hopping vicinity of seventy KidLitosphere folk bloggers and authors I’ve known online forever. Like all of the Blue Rose Girls, for example. So awesome.
I’m thinking that I’ll be bunking with someone on Sunday night so that I can make a day of it on Monday as well. There are some book signings to attend, but a lazier schedule which may allow me more time to visit. I would like to go to the ALSC Awards Presentation and Membership Meeting where they present the Batchelder, Carnegie, Geisel, and Sibert Awards. I don’t have a full pass that day, but can someone slip me in?
So who’s going? What are you most looking forward to? And most importantly, where will I find you?
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