ALA Annual 2011

Holy Hera!

Heard at Egyptians and Romans and Greeks, Oh My (Gods!), Holy, Hera! This is quite the crowd! Think Rick Riordan is all it takes to bring Percy Jackson to life? Think again! An overflow crowd turned out to hear Rick, joined at the table by Percy Jackson’s narrator, graphic novelist, illustrator and audiobook publisher. Look for Son of Neptune in October, a 3rd and final installment of The Kane Chronicles, and a more Percy Jackson and the Olympians in GN format. Librarians (and kids!) just can’t get enough.

ALA Annual 2011

The Red Cape Event of the Season

The poopiest place to be at #ALA11 tonight was the Super Diaper Baby 2 party. Here are some highlights:Tinkle tinis and hot dogs were served. Yes, tinkle tinis – get it?The super awesome and talented Dav Pilkey signed copies of Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers and let us take them home with us even though the book hasn’t been released yet! He also showed us a moving video about his inspiration for the book – it will be available on his website in a week or so, take a few minutes to watch it, it will squeeze a few tears out of you.There were plenty of red cape wearing librarians in attendance.And we all got to be the star on a book cover. Thanks Dav Pilkey for the pottyful new book and thanks Scholastic for the red cape event of the season!

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Learning about Sensory Storytimes at #ala11

Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are visiting our libraries.  Many more families of kids with ASD want to feel welcome in our libraries.  Current statistics show that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, and some studies suggest that the prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually — statistics which clearly show that families needing this type of storytime are in our communities. How we can best work with these kids and their families was the focus of a session today called Sensory Storytime: Preschool Programming that Makes Sense for Kids with Autism. A sensory storytime  is different in many ways than a traditional storytime for 3 to 5 year olds. While it does incorporate some of the books, songs, and movement activities typically found in a storytime, it can also incorporate sensory activities such as balance beam or bean bag activities. The presenters shared…

ALA Annual 2011

Criss Cross Applesauce: Multi-age story time

My morning #ALA11 session left me brimming with ideas for building multi-age story time programs. Kathy Klatt, of the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, and Saroj Ghoting, an early childhood literacy consultant, presented a fun and informative session on different ways to build a story time bringing in many different age groups, from babies to toddlers and preschoolers. They were well organized as they both presented sample story times (not easy to a room full of adults!), leading us in songs and activities, and sharing some of their intentions and planning process. Saroj and Kathy shared two possible models for multi-age story times: continuous story time and sequential story time. When you plan a continuous story time, you intentionally build into each activity ways for different aged children to connect or engage. With a sequential story time, you create a program that includes all children, but specifically directs activities first…

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ALSC Happy Hour Re-cap

Friday night brought beautiful weather at #ala11, perfect for sitting outside on the patio at the ALSC Happy Hour. There was a great turn-out at the Checkered Parrot, where members shared stories and enjoyed a drink or two to kick off a terrific weekend. We have some pictures, but we aren’t going to post any here. Next year we hope you can join us in Anaheim.

ALA Annual 2011

Dessert Party! #ALA11

What do chocolate, a naughty red cat, radishes, amazing librarians and flotsam & jetsam have in common? They were each well represented at the dessert party thrown by MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group last night. I spoke with the adorable Jack Gantos about his new book Dead End in Norvelt. It sounds brilliant and it probably is, considering the author. I don’t want to go off on a tangent here, but isn’t Hole In My Life one of the best books you’ve read ever? Seriously, like EVER?? (I also heard last night that Jack does a fantastic reading of his new book on audio – check it out!) I chatted with the gifted naturalist April Pulley Sayre about birds and other things we both adore. April has some wonderful new books out this year: If You’re Hoppy (which is getting all kinds of well-deserved attention) and Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable…

ALA Annual 2011

Series build community

Hiking to the far end of the convention center #ALA11 raised my first blister of the conference yesterday evening, but it was worth it.  3 writers and 1 editor of series books for kids and teens shared why they (and we!) heart series books. Booklist Forum – “Keep ‘Em Coming: Fiction Series Creators Talk Shop” Lauren Myracle, Dan Gutman, Jonathan Stroud, David Levithan Some tidbits: Lauren Myracle: 13 plus 1 – title came about because Barnes and Noble said that if it was called Fourteen, they’d have to put it in the YA section.  But they were FINE with “13 plus 1”!  Go figure. Did everyone know this but me? – Emily Jenkins (Toys Go Out) and E. Lockhart (Boyfriend List) are the same person!  No wonder I love all those books. Dan Gutman – hllarious on the topic of all the permutations of the Weird School series, which “are all…