Seen and Heard -- So much inspiration and ideas from the conference -- weather was cold in Minneapolis but the warmth of those attending captured the atmosphere and made the entire weekend friendly and productive. First up was a few minutes with Anastasia Suen at the Capstone Breakfast (Thanks Capstone). Anastasia is the author of more than 130 books. One of her more recent titles includes: Road Work Ahead (Viking, 2011). Great for those young girls and boys who want a book that shows BIG trucks and vehicles. It was nice to see Anastasia again. Last time we were together we were at the Caldecott/Newbery Dinner together in New Orleans (July 2011).
Carol Gorman, Jeni Reeves, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and I presented a 75 minute session titled, "How to Win Readers and Influence Writers." Carol was able to provide some insight into her sports mystery novel, Stumptown Kid, and we followed up by sharing some ideas for connecting and engaging readers. (Side note: When Carol arrived home she "found" that her Stumptown Kid had been reviewed and recommended by an ABC affiliate in New York State. A great piece.)
Toni Buzzeo an author of several picture books, including her newest title, Lighthouse Christmas, came to our session and stopped to talk to each of us after the presentation. Here she is with Jackie Martin.
During the presentation, Jackie spoke of the research and background for Snowflake Bentley and The Chiru of High Tibet. Check out Jackie's website and on her site is a link to her very interesting blog.
Several people stopped by and chatted about books and libraries, and more books. Somehow I lost my photo of Rebecca Fjelland Davis, the author of the just released, Chasing Allie Cat. But so that you would know what she looks like, I got this picture from her publisher's website. So here she is along with the cover of her newest book. Check it out on her website.
Children's Literature Network.
And dinner brought the evening to a close. I'll deal with the final days of the conference soon -- great sessions: one involving Graphic Novels, and another featuring the author and book about George Washington.