We read all of the picture books aloud, find interesting facts to learn in the nonfiction, and decide which book we will read together first. I also get several for my sister Heather, who is a teacher librarian too, and others in our family.
Reading, collecting, and sharing books with my family is one of my favorite things to do. And the ALA conferences are the perfect place to do this because a lot of times the ones who create these are there too.
We were very happy to find lots so many to visit on the opening night. Just look who was there!
Our friend Cece Bell was signing El Deafo, who won a Newbery Honor this year. When I watched the awards ceremony in January from my house I cheered when Cece won an award for this beautiful story...One of the best graphic novels ever!
Tom Angleberger who was at ALA too.
Tom was singing McToad Mows Tiny Island, along with the illustrator John Hendrix. I hadn't seen their new picture book yet, so I was excited to see them there. And just to see my friend Tom.
Next we found our amazing friend Katherine Applegate, who is the author of one of our favorites The One and Only Ivan. We had the honor of seeing her give her Newbery Metal acceptance speech a few years ago....It was such a special event. You can watch it here too.
Last year Katherine wrote another book about Ivan....Ivan, The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. Bob and I were thrilled she was signing this beautiful book.
Dan Santat was the big winner in the Caldecott category.....He won the Caldecott Metal for Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend.
I have loved Beekle from the moment I picked it up....And loved hearing that it won on the day the awards were announced at ALA Midwinter last January. It made me smile to see what Dan's reaction was too.
And Hagan sure did love it too......With his very own Beekle inside of the cover.read Dan's acceptance speech from last week here.
It was Emily Arrow, who writes and sings lit-based songs for kids. Her work is the best! You can read all about our visit with Emily here.
Candace Fleming, was signing The Family Romanov, Murder Rebellion and the Fall of the Imperial Russia in the Mackin Educational Resources booth. It was very interesting speaking with Candace about her new novel for young people.
Floyd Cooper, who wrote Juneteenth for Mazie, was published by Capstone Young Readers was signing in the Capstone booth.
If you haven't read Floyd's moving book, please do....It is the beautiful story of Mazie....
Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history — the day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth. This beautiful story by award-winning author and illustrator Floyd Cooper will captivate both children and adults.Dian Curtis Regan who was signing her fun book Space Boy and His (Sister) Dog. This picture book is a great read aloud as Space Boy, along with his dog and sister, go a little trip through space. Another one that Hagan enjoyed too....especially the banter between Space Boy and his sister.