ALA Annual 2024

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Celebrates 55 Years at #ALAAC2024

Last night was a true treat! I attended the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table‘s 55th anniversary celebration. Shuttle buses took us to the University of San Diego’s breathtakingly beautiful campus. (It is on a hill overlooking the city!) Kwame Alexander acted as the Master of Ceremonies and took the audience through the 55-year history of the CSKs before introducing some of this year’s CSK winners, Carole Boston Weatherford, Jeffery Boston Weatherford, Dare Coulter, and Vashti Harrison. Three children, who are avid readers and fans, then interviewed the winners. The audience got to learn more about their award-winning books, what inspires them, and the importance of perseverance. When asked, “What should I do if I ever write a book with my mother?” Jeffery Boston Weatherford made me get teary-eyed as he talked about mothers as angels who take care of us and guide us. The answer to the final…

ALA Annual 2023

A Blume-aissance: #ALAAC2023 Opening Session with Beloved Author Judy Blume

Author Judy Blume has short, curly hair and is smiling. She wears a turquoise bead necklace.

The opening session at #alaac2023 started off with publisher Justin Chanda in conversation with beloved author Judy Blume. It was delightful and inspiring to hear her talk about her books, her career, her bookstore in Key West, and, of course, censorship, book bans, and challenges. Blume said that she has always loved libraries and told stories of “playing librarian” when she was a child.