and I survived Las Vegas!
The American Library Association (ALA)
Conference was totally worth putting up with dashing between 106+ degree (41 c) outdoor heat, and the interiors that have
to be air conditioned so people don't die. What a trip!
That said, the Henny
signing went extremely well:
Henny's line began forming at the Simon and Schuster
booth about 15-20 min before start-time.
I donned my chicken hat, and away we went--or, I should say, away the Hennys went.
The entire case of books was gone within the half-hour time slot.
Yay! All those Henny's in the hands of the best book people in the world-- librarians!
Henny wore her ALA Booklist star proudly the whole weekend (even though she was in the shadow (physically speaking, of course ;)) of the Caldecott-winning "Locomotive."
Best of all, I got to meet/hang out with some AMAZING picture book people:
with the delightful Caldecott honoree ("Flora and the Flamingo") Molly Idle
with the talented Llama's mama Anna Dewdney (holding her new gnu book)!
YES! That IS Jon Klassen!!--also in the super-nice-guy category!
with the hilarious and ALSO super-nice-guy Dan Santat holding his book, "Beekle"
My adoration for Judy Schachner (Skippyjon Jones) is obvious. What a gracious, sweet person!
(I was so proud of my Simon and Schuster red author beads. I guess Doris decided not to wear hers.
I guess that's cuz maybe everyone KNOWS who she is ;) ).
Here's Henny looking delicious among the desserts: deftly and briefly placed for a photo-op
by Lori Kilkelly (see below)
and, last but not least, my ALA roomie and PB debut sister-soul-mate, Toni Yuly.
There were so many other amazing, kind, and talented people I met,
not to mention ALL those awesome librarians!
In the end, it IS all about the BOOKS!
Here's a stack of some of what I hauled back. SO much talent and fun in one pile!
And one last highlight-- I can now kick going to Las Vegas off my bucket list.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone!