I’m posting this before the big award announcements Monday morning – a quick report on the San Diego ALA.
After a ridiculously long trolley ride – allowing for chat time – Sue and I found…
Books books books!
It was such fun to peruse and wander and listen to gushing and ooing and ahhing – total excitement and delight all around us. Sorry, e-books, you can’t compete with this kind of venue…
Seeing as it was our home town, we met up with lots of old friends along the way. And new, at least for me – I loved meeting two passionate bibliophiles: A of Read Now, Sleep Later and Alybee of Kid Lit Frenzy Wow, they know books!
And then, loaded down with bags of ARCs on our return trolley, we happened to sit with a very nice librarian who is on the committee to pick the winner of the Schneider Family Book Award. This award “honor(s) an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. ” These books are always very near and dear to my heart – even if I was too overstimulated and excited to have a very deep and intellectual discussion about them at that particular moment. I wish I had thrown in my vote for Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.
But I guess it had already been decided. This seemingly mild-mannered librarian let us know that she could tell us this year’s winner… but then she’d have to kill us. Thanks for keeping your secret!
We also exchanged mutual gushing and appreciation for Marcelo in the Real World – and apparently Francisco X Stork is as awesome as his name and books.
A sampling of the ARCS snatched:
I wish my favorite librarian had come – now I’m going to have to invade her home… Boston, here I come!
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK