Saturday morning, I attended the CLN Books & Breakfast. What a cool event! Below are a few pix…I was seated up close but way off to the side, so I’m afraid there are a lot of profile shots. Sorry!
And Lisa Bullard, author of You Can Write a Story, graciously used a bit of her three-minute time slot to introduce me and my forthcoming book, Stampede! She even read a poem (very expressively) from it. Thank you, Lisa! I really wanted to get a picture of her holding up my book, but I thought that would be just too conceited to be taking pictures of!
I can’t link authors’ name and book titles in the captions, but what a treat it was to hear from about 25 Minnesota writers and illustrators who are busy making great books from kids. And Vicki and Steve Palmquist (founders of CLN) plus three others share their five favorite books from 2008. And there were door prizes, to boot. A lovely morning.
|CLN Books & Breakfast 2009
Here in Minneapolis, the Children’s Literature Network hosts the CLN Books & Breakfast event, where 200+ school librarians and teachers turn out to hear scads of local authors and illustrators talk about their latest and forthcoming projects.
That line of folks is all picking books to buy (and it snakes around like a Disney World line!)
|Everyone chats before the official event begins.
|We move into the breakfast area.
Each table has an author or illustrator host.
|Vicki Palmquist opens the morning.
|John Coy chats about Top of the Order.
John is building a sports empire in kids’ books, and even I like them (and I’m not a typical sports book fan)!
|Susan Marie Swanson chats.
Susan Marie’s book The House in the Night just won the Caldecott Medal, so there was a lotta love going around the room!
|Marion Dane Bauer shows one of her million books!
She is so prolific! I think this is the cover for her forthcoming The Christmas Baby.
|Lynne Jonell talks about her newest book.
Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls is the sequel to Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat. It’s on my to-read list!
|Catherine Urdahl celebrates her brand new book.
Her book, Emma’s Question, is a lovely new picture book from Charlesbridge.
|Mike Wohnoutka shares a secret.
It wasn’t Jack who built the house that Jack built. It was his dog, Max. I’m going to have to read Jack’s House to get the whole story.
|Joyce Sidman has a new book coming soon!
Joyce is one of my all-time favorite poets. And she read a tiny excerpt from Red Sings from Treetops. Everyone sighed in delight. She’s the author of This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness, one of the best poetry collections ever.