ALA Midwinter 2017

#alamw17 Scholastic Literary Event

This morning’s Scholastic Literary Event spotlighted some fantastic middle grade fiction. Four authors were there to present readings from their newest books: Gordon Korman, whose newest book, Restart, looks at a bully who’s lost his memory and is finding he’s a very different person – if everyone around him will let him be. Natasha Tarpley, whose novel, Harlem Charade, blends mystery and art, with a protagonist who’s living on the streets and trying to find out what happened to his grandfather, who was attacked. Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang, whose novel, This is Just a Test, takes an often hilarious look at a Chinese-American Jewish boy in the early 1980s, who’s worried about nuclear war and his two warring grandmothers. Each author gave a brief talk, introduced his or her book, and, in a fun departure from the usual author readings, engaged the other authors in creating a little…

ALA Midwinter 2017

Picture Books at #alamw17

Saturday morning with picture books at #alamw17. I spotted and grabbed my first two ARCs of the day at a breakfast hosted by HarperCollins. I scored a copy of the new picture book by  Dan Yaccarino- Morris Mole.  I also got a middle grade ARC by Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Undercover! Take a look (and try not to drool!) at the endpapers of Dan Yaccarino’s picture book: To wet you whistle, check out the back of Rita Williams-Garcia new book: Up next, second breakfast with Scholastic authors & illustrators talking about what we all love- picture books! Peter H. Reynolds, Kate Messner, Carmen Agra Deedy, in conversation with Julie Danielson. Here are some highlights from the conversation: Libraries are dreaming academies. . . You [librarians] are the keepers of important ideas. – Peter H. Reynolds @scholastic breakfast at #alamw17 Picture books are an entry in to discussions for all ages….

ALA Midwinter 2017

alamw17 Maker Break

After walking the beat in the exhibit hall (and making two trips to the Post Office area), I sat in on the Maker Break from DK Publishing. I love their maker books – Maker Lab was the handbook that guided a lot of my STEM and Summer Reading programming last year – and I’m excited that they’ve got a new book coming this Spring that will have “cardboard engineering projects”. If there’s one thing I have a surplus of both at home and work, it’s cardboard, so Out of the Box is my kind of book! There were snacks and drinks, and goodies at the table, including a cool DK maker backpack and calendar for each attendee. One surprise maker at each table got a copy of Maker Lab to take home, so that library is going to experience the joy of making awesome slime, too. Allison Davis from Make Media…

ALA Midwinter 2017

Fighting Intergenerational Illiteracy at #ALAMW17

For the second morning session of #ALSCMI, I attended “Fighting Intergenerational Illiteracy with Family Reading Engagement & Community Support without a Grant,” presented by Jonathan Dolce of Florida’s Lake County Library System. Jonathan’s presentation revolved around the outreach project he had coordinated to bring families at risk for low literacy into the library and show them what the library and literature have to offer them by way of a book club — and I have to say, this book club sounds like a lot of fun.

ALA Midwinter 2017

Highlights from Breakfast for Bill at #ALSCMI

My #ALAMW17 adventure began at the ALSC Mini Institute’s Breakfast for Bill! Alongside a tasty continental spread, we were treated to a delightful lineup of two creative couples on the Breakfast with Bill panel, held in honor of William C. Morris of HarperCollins, longtime champion of children’s literature and librarianship. Viki Ash of San Antonio Public Library moderated the panel, which featured picture book power couples Laura Droznek and Kevin Henkes, and Erin and Phillip Stead. If you’re a lover of picture books with even the tiniest drop of romance in your heart, this panel presented some serious #RelationshipGoals.

ALA Midwinter 2017

#alamw17 Jumping in as an ALA newbie

I just arrived in Atlanta, ready for my first ALA conference. I couldn’t make the ALSC Mini Institute, but there are so many panels, exhibits, and signings happening this weekend – how do you keep your head from spinning? I scheduled EVERYTHING I have even a bit of interest in onto my Google calendar. Depending on where I am, I can see at a glance what’s going on, what I can easily make, and plan ahead while still being spur of the moment. Kinda. Know what your must-attends are. For me, the Youth Media Awards are THE reason I’m here this weekend. Can’t make it? We’ll keep you updated, and you can follow along on the live webcast on Monday morning. There are several maker events that I want to attend, so they’ll get priority when I’m making decisions on what to attend. Take time to enjoy! Learning is fun…