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30 June 2008 @ 12:40 am
OMG! Best. Newbery/Caldecott. Ever.  
Even though I am seriously dragging butt, I had to take a moment to tell you that this year's Newbery and Caldecott speeches were two of the most innovative and entertaining and moving presentations I can recall in memory. Of course, sitting at a table with Christopher Paul Curtis does tend to start off the evening on a high note. But Brian Selznick knocked us off our chairs and then made us jump to our feet with his opening "film" and with his tribute to Remy Charlip who was sitting 5 feet away from me, and with his knack of knowing just how to thank everyone involved in the evolution of the picture book. How could the Newbery speech even come close was what many of us wondered. And then Laura Amy Schlitz stood and spun stories and made us laugh ruefully and cheer and weep seemingly simultaneously. Before I was ready, the evening was over. Thanks for the incredible memory. Special thanks to Scholastic for allowing me to join in the celebration with them, too. I took photos and will download and then upload them tomorrow perhaps.

One more meeting for me and then I am out of here. It has been a special trip, one I will recall fondly.

Spotted in the audience (just to make you drool): Thunderchikin, Pam Munoz Ryan, John Green, Tracy Mack, Mo Willems, Kadir Nelson, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Remy Charlip........
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Stephanie Bomansboman on June 30th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Wow - so glad you had such a fab time! Mo Willems!!!!!
larcblarcb on June 30th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Mo Willems, Remy Charlip, AH! Kindegarten teacher here, drooling over literature. Thanks for sharing your experience!!
Tanya Lee Stonetanyaleestone on July 2nd, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Very bummed to have missed you! Was sitting with the Viking folks and being uber-entertained by that man in the smoking jacket, you know the one, he rhymes with Fresca. Hope you had a wonderful ALA. I was mighty impressed with the turnout of librarians at my 8 am talk post-Newbery! Twas early to be waxing rhapsodic about nonfiction, to say the least.