The highlight of the day was meeting and talking with Jack Gantos, author of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and Dead End in Norvelt the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
I love these autographs!
Other highlights of the day....
Stephanie and I
I taught Stephanie in kindergarten and she is now going into the FOURTH GRADE!! Stephanie and I share a great love for reading. She lets me share my "old fashioned" books with her and then we get to talk about them together.
Eileen Christelow- the author of the Five Little Monkeys books
Eileen Christelow has a new book out- Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed. Momma can't get the monkeys to go to sleep because they keep sneaking books into their bed and reading them. I LOVE it!!
Brother and Sister Team: Jennifer and Matthew Holm of Babymouse fame
and last but not LEAST.... Taye Diggs and Shane Evans
Their book is called Chocolate Me! and its perfect for the start of the school year when we all do lessons on self, family, and friends. It is a great springboard for talking about the beauty of being different, the importance of being kind to one another, and for teaching children that we all have something special to share with the world. To learn more about the book, check out the Chocolate Me! Facebook page or the Chocolate Me! official website.
I love the illustrations in this book!
Shane Evans is an award winning illustrator. You can learn more about his work here.
It was a GREAT day!! I had so much fun being surrounded by books, authors, and illustrators!! I can't wait for the new BooksmART season to start!!