|TLA Swag - Where do I to start?!|
The most thrilling part of attending the TLA conference was meeting authors and illustrators. Here are a few of the talented children's and young adult authors and illustrators I met over the past few days:
James Patterson was the opening keynote speaker for the conference. My kids love his middle grade books I Funny and I Even Funnier which he co-authored with Chris Grabenstein. My favorite Patterson book is Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas.
(Warning: Don't read while pregnant because emotions and stuff. I made that mistake).
Patterson signed a copy of Treasure Hunters that I'm going to give to my daughter.
|Author and illustrator Peter Brown|
Students at my school loved Peter Brown's illustrations in Creepy Carrots, written by Aaron Reynolds. During library lessons, we watched the following YouTube video after reading the book and discussing the illustrations:
Naturally, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet Peter Brown and get an autographed copy of his new book, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.
|The "electrical engineer" enjoying the book.|
|Young Adult author E. Lockhart|
Listen to E. Lockhart read the powerful first chapter of We Were Liars:
|Extremely versatile author Holly Black|
Holly Black is amazing. She writes middle grade and young adult books, and I love them all. Over the summer, I read Doll Bones for my #virtualbookclub on Twitter. Even though it's a middle grade book, it scared the bejeezus out of me in some parts. Doll Bones wasn't available by the time I got to Black's booth, so I picked up a copy of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, along with an ARC of Black's upcoming book, The Darkest Part of the Forest.
Nikki Lofton signed free copies of Nightingale's Nest, a middle grade novel. She was extremely nice and, as you can see, super cute. A discussion guide was included with the book. Score!
I snagged a copy of A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, another book that came with a discussion guide and activities to do with students. I've heard really great things about the book so I'm excited about reading it.
The closing speaker for the TLA conference was the incredibly adorable and well spoken author/producer/actor/director Henry Winkler who shared the challenges of growing up with dyslexia before anyone knew what it was. Winkler also told us about the writing process and working with Lin Oliver on the Hank Zipzer series for kids. It was a very special treat to have Winkler read aloud to us.
I had two copies of Hank Zipzer: A Brand-New Me! signed - one for my family to read and one as a giveaway for teachers. I did get my picture taken with Winkler but decided to crop myself out of it because I kind of ruined Winkler's cuteness. And no, there weren't pink hearts floating around as Winkler signed books. Yes, I added those because I adore him and what he does to inspire kids to read.
There were several other authors and illustrators I had hoped to meet but didn't get the chance to do so. With the volume of events, signings, sessions, etc. happening at TLA, trying to fit everything in can be overwhelming. So maybe next year...