I have been at the Minneapolis Convention Center since 6 am. I will not leave until 6 pm to join colleagues for dinner. It is NCTE time, and today included the ALAN Breakfast, two presentations, and some time in the ALAN booth.
And I just want to say that the ALAN Breakfast was an incredibly moving experience for me. I saw lots of folks I see only once a year. Hugs, grins, good natured ribbing about the blue hair. And then the awards were give. cj Bott received the Hipple Award for her service to ALAN. Her husband, Don Gallo was the first recipient. This dynamic duo has done so much for YA literature. Next, Lois Lowry received the ALAN Award for lifetime contribution to literature for YA readers. And finally, Chris Crutcher delivered the breakfast speech that left us all in tears. He basically told us all how we save lives, save kids. With that message still reverberating in my ears, I headed out to the other sessions of the day.
TEACHERS. SAVE. LIVES. BOOKS. SAVE. LIVES.
Important words to remember.