So, first into the stew:
at ALA--along with the treasure of time with long time friends--I was happily surprised to run into Beth Krommes, Caldecott winner in 2009 for The House in the Night (written by Susan Marie Swanson). Before she was an official "winner" she winningly illustrated The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish. It was a treat to see her because I had just re-read our book, after a few years away from it. I was glad to to able to tell her in person how much I still love the illustrations. She captures so well the warmth of family in a physically cold place.
|St. Paul summer garden
A good trip, in spite of the little traffic ticket that arrived in our mail a couple of days ago.
Spice it up with the fun of meeting with a bunch of kids at reading camp--audience. They were lively, interested readers who had spent four days talking about and thinking about Snowflake Bentley--even come up with pages of questions.
I left that group inspired by the resilience of children, the generosity of adults who read with them, and the power of books to connect us all.