Kids in a Candy Store

Cindy and Lynn: #ALA10. Bookends may be slow to blog during the next few hectic days of ALA’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. It’s not for lack of material or Wi-Fi access, but time. We are soaking up every bit of information (and FUN!) that we can and by the time we drop into bed at night, blogging is on our minds but that’s about it. Friday we attended the incredible ALSC Preconference, Drawn to Delight: How Picture Books Work (and Play) Today. It was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, a perfect venue for this intensive, day-long exploration of picture book illustration.  The event kicked off with Caldecott winner Brian Selznick and concluded with 2010 Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney. In between were lectures, panels, and art demonstrations. The closing moments included a raffle of the art created that day by the guest illustrators. Lynn won her first raffle ever, winning a painting by Tad Hills of Rocket from How Rocket Learned to Read. Cindy had to quickly find ballast to keep her feet on the floor for the rest of conference!

We’re now in the thick of meetings and responsibilities but are ready to descend on the exhibit floors to see what exciting new books we can bring to our Bookends Blog to share with our readers in the coming months. We are ridiculous fan girls and enjoy every author encounter we have. I particularly enjoy meeting the first time authors who are as geeked as we are over the publication of their first novels.

We’ll have more detailed reports and news of the hot galleys we gathered while here, but right now we have to dash off to attend the Booklist Online Panel, “Everyone’s A Critic: The Future of Book Reviewing.”

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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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