ALA 2011

I made my first trip to the American Library Association Annual Conference this year.  It was held in New Orleans and was a fabulous experience, from soup to nuts! 

A few highlights:

Disney/Hyperion "Storytime"
Disney editors and popular author/illustrators Rick Riordan, Bob Shea, and Mo Willems read aloud from soon-to-be-released books.  We were all captivated!    

Scholastic Literary Brunch 
Popular authors & illustrators Sarah Weeks, Lucy Christopher, Maggie Stiefvater, Chris Raschka, Allen Say, Brian Selznick and debut author Jeff Hirsch all talked about their exciting upcoming books.  What a treat.  I'm so excited about all of these new titles.  The audience was completely mesmerized when Brian Selznick showed the pictures and read from his highly anticipated new novel Wonderstruck.  Wow.

Little, Brown Breakfast
Celebration of two amazing new picture books Me ... Jane and The House Baba Built.  I loved hearing about these two special books by two incredibly talented author/illustrators, Patrick McDonnell and Ed Young.      

Simon & Schuster "Speed Dating" with YA Authors
Lovely gathering with a panel of YA debut authors moderated by a the delightful Jenny Han.  Such a fun way to get to know some new authors with very bright futures.

 The Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet
It was a dream-come-true to get to attend this special event.  I was honored to get to sit at the Disney Hyperion table and thorougly enjoyed every moment of the evening.  How exciting for Erin Stead and Clare Vanderpool to win the Caldecott and Newbery Medal for their first books!  Erin Stead is just the cutest girl (she doesn't look a day over 17!), and this amazing honor could not have happened to a dearer person.  In spite of her shyness, she delivered the most eloquent, heartfelt speech.  The entire room fell in love with her.      

Darling program for the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet... like a little book!
Texas librarians in attendance!

What a wonderful first ALA conference full of wonderful events and wonderful people!  Thank you to all the amazing publishers who invited me to these lovely gatherings.  I came home bearing bags of books, suffering dozens of blisters, and counting down the days until next year!  

So many books, so little time! 


  1. Great overview of ALA,Jillicious! I'm so gla I'm one of your followers.

  2. I'm so glad you're one of my followers, too, "Anonymous!" :) Look forward to seeing you in Austin.



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