In all my years of ALA Conferences- I had never attended a USSBY Presentation- if you don’t know (I didn’t!) that acronym stands for United States Board on Books for Young People.
I really liked this presentation because while so much of award selections are top secret, this was an opportunity for the committee to share their selections with the audience. The six presenters had copies of the books they were discussing and actually showed the audience the pages that delighted, inspired, or tickled their fancies!
I also loved that they framed their book discussions around motifs that the books invoked for them! Themes like journies, surprise, loss of voice, and Motley Crews! It’s also always fun to see passionate people talk about books they are passionate about! They also created a super cool bookmark of the selected books!
At the end of the panel discussion, talented illustrator (and author), Jillian Tamaki gave a wonderful speech about her career in comics and graphic novels. She shared a fact I had heard earlier that her book, This One Summer, which she co-created with her cousin, was ALSC most banned book in America- ever! One thought that I loved from her presentation was her insight on shelving graphic novels in the sections they truly belonged- and not as their own genre- history or memoir graphic novels should be with similar texts! I had never thought about that before, but it is a very compelling idea!