ALA Annual 2011, Live Blogging

Inspired by international books for children

I was inspired by the #ALA11 panel discussion presented by the United States Board on Book for Young People (USBBY) entitled, “Independent Publishers-International Children’s Books.” Representatives from four US independent publishers shared their thoughts on international books. Groundwood Books, Kane Miller Books, NorthSouth Books, and Chronicle Books each shared about their particular vision, story, and favorite titles. I was particularly moved by Kira Lynn, of Kane Miller, as she talked about the quieter, subtler sensibility that foreign children books can bring to our children. “And that can be as simple as what people are having for dinner, what their apartment looks like, or how they dress.” Ms. Lynn continued on by drawing comparisons between going to foreign films and reading foreign books, that there’s a moment when you become so engrossed in the story – because it is truly about story, after all – that you forget that you are…

ALA Annual 2011, Blogger Eva Mitnick

Back to reality

Yesterday was my first day back at work after a magical #ala11 weekend.  During my pre-work run, the following appropriate songs came up on my Ipod shuffle, in this order: I’m So Tired by the Beatles – Does ANYone get enough sleep at ALA?  Not this librarian!  And small wonder, given how much fun I had… Early in the Mornin’ by Buddy Guy – Appropriate not only because Buddy Guy is a Louisiana native son, but also for the bluesy lyrics “Now it’s early in the morning … and I ain’t got nothin’ but the blues”.  Hello, Post-ALA Depression! Dawning of a New Era by The Specials – Don’t you feel as if you now have enough energy and inspiration and ideas to change the world – or at least your library system – or at least your own tiny corner of your library system?!  It could well be the…

ALA Annual 2011, Blogger Lisa Taylor, Bloggers, Conferences/Meetings/Institutes, Slice of Life

You know you’re a children’s librarian when …

You know you’re a children’s librarian when … you attend the huge, annual American Library Association Conference featuring famous authors like Harlan Coben, C.S. Harris, Erica Spindler, Laura Lipman, and Wendy McClure; and you pass them all up because you can’t afford to miss Grace Lin, Rick Riordan, Clare Vanderpool, Erin Stead, Tom Angleberger, Jeff Kinney, Richard Peck, and all the other wonderful authors and illustrators who gathered this week in New Orleans. I wish I’d had the time to meet them all!