BBYA Teens Storm Chicago

bbya-crowdCindy and Lynn: What an exciting day! Our BBYA teen club arrived by bus this morning and as soon as badges hung around their necks, they were headed for the exhibits at break speed. We tried to photograph them in the publisher booths, but they were moving too quickly for us to keep up. Their heavy swag bags finally slowed them down enough that we could herd them to the BBYA Teen Participation session, always a popular ALA event. This year there were almost 60 widely read and very articulate teens from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan who delighted the audience and made their librarians very proud. They hurried back to the exhibits for one last swing through the aisles and then we forced them back on the bus to return to Holland, Michigan. We figure if they’re not asleep by now, they are already reading a new ARC. Thanks to the YALSA staff, BBYA Committee, and teen coordinator who made this event possible, and to the patient and generous publishers who made all of the teens very happy today. bus

As for us…we’re headed to the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet if we can cram our achy swollen feet into our glamorous high heels. Where’s our fairy godmother when we really need her?

Update: In his Newbery acceptance speech, Neil Gaiman thanked the Newbery Committee for helping him to become cool in the eyes of his children.  Yesterday the Exhibitors and publishers and authors helped us in the same way with our students. Thanks!

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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