Treats and Pictures from ALA 2013!

treatbadgeIt’s Treat Tuesday! What are you reading….I mean eating?! Um. I mean Treat Wednesday! My post is running a little late this week!

Thank you Shannon Houghton for the awesome meme picture! Check out Shannon’s fabulous blog!

The Water Castle 2

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore goes well with a yummy cookie and brownie made by Elizabeth Fama and her family. I had the pleasure of going to her wonderful party on Saturday night in Chicago.

I finished The Water Castle last night and highly recommend it. A magical and mysterious book all the way up to the end and beyond.

BanquetI had an amazing time at ALA this weekend. I did not attend the conference sessions. However, I loved visiting the Exhibit Hall and meeting so many of my favorite authors.  All the authors were so sweet and friendly. It was a fabulous couple of days. The highlight was the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Awards Banquet on Sunday night. The speeches by Jon Klassen, Katherine Applegate and Katherine Paterson were beautiful and inspiring. I am so blessed that I was able to meet so many of my favorite authors and also hang out with my wonderful tribe….The Nerdy Book Club.

ChicagoThe view of Chicago just outside my hotel.

Let Us Drive The Bus!My favorite picture from the Exhibit Hall! I’m with my pals Beth Shaum and Sherry Gick.

Katherine ApplegateThe One and Only Katherine Applegate!

Mo WillemsMo Willems is signing my Piggie and Elephant shirt!

Jarrett KrosoczkaMy students love Jarrett Krosoczka’s Lunch Lady series!

Creepy CarrotsAaron Reynolds and Peter Brown signing Creepy Carrots.

JesseJesse Klausmeier promoting Flora and The Flamingo with her outfit and holding her book titled Open This Little Book.

Molly IdleMolly Idle signing Flora and The Flamingo. You gotta love her flamingo hat!

Peter ReynoldsPeter H. Reynolds was so warm and friendly. Now I’m looking forward to Dot Day even more!

Tom and CeCEI loved meeting CeCe Bell and Tom Angleberger! What an awesome team! I can’t wait to share Crankee Doodle with my second graders!

Laura GoldenI am so happy I was able to chat with Laura Golden at length! She is so sweet. I love her book Every Day After.

Patrick NessMy pal David Etkin is a huge fan of Patrick Ness! But then again who isn’t?

James DeanJames Dean signing my copy of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.

Eric LitwinEric Litwin also signed my copy of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.

Newbery BanquetThe wonderful gifts at the Newbery Caldecott Wilder Awards Banquet.

Group ALA shootMy tribe: The Nerdy Book Club at The Nerd Prom! They are the reason I love going to conferences. They are true friends and a real blessing.

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4 Responses to Treats and Pictures from ALA 2013!

  1. Loved all the author signings/photos and reflection! 🙂

  2. What fun!!!!! Thanks for posting the pictures. PS. Kinda of envious (but in a good way) of all those book signings, author meet/greets, and Nerdy Book Club Prom. What a fun crew!!!

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