Tuesday, June 30, 2015

An ALA 2015 Recap

My friends, the 2015 ALA Annual Conference was such an amazing experience! I am really grateful for all the connections I have made through ALA, for my awesome 2015 Newbery Committee and our honored authors, for the education I received at conference, and for all the FUN this conference brought!

You definitely want to check out the live blogging posts on the ALSC Blog for lots of detail about sessions and goings-on at conference. But I also wanted to share a little bit about what I was up to at this conference:

PS: I am going to use the word "amazing" about 100 times in this post. Deal.

  • Doing the Dumplin' pose at a HarperCollins breakfast. You do not want to miss this book. I promise. It comes out in September and I have a review coming soon.
  • Presenting on an AWESOME panel about managing youth services (check out hashtag #futureYS for take-aways!)
Photo by Dan Bolstrom, ALSC
  • Meeting up with the ALSC live bloggers and our ALSC Blog manager Mary Voors.
  • Sitting in on the Children's Notable Recordings meeting and learning a lot about evaluating and discussing audio recordings. 

  • Celebrating our 2015 Newbery Medal winner, Kwame Alexander!!!!!

  • Picking up some highly anticipated books at the Exhibit Hall. (These are not all, but I didn't actually take that many books home this time around!)

  • Drinking wine on the 46th floor before my FIRST Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet and...

  • Hanging out with this guy in my fancy Newbery dress. 

  • My first Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet. I was completely star-struck the entire time and just sat at my table with wide eyes taking in all the famous authors whirling around me. (Also, Jacqueline Woodson's son was at my table and engrossed in a Babymouse book for the later part of the evening!)

  • Being with my people. Love. 
If I don't get to go to an ALA Conference for awhile, this was a GREAT one to go out on. I had a blast and learned a lot. I already miss my magical world of ALA Conference. BUT I know this guy is happy I'm home: