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05 May 2005 @ 07:43 pm
Cinco de Mayo  
Back from IRA in San Antonio. It was a terrific conference with hundreds of people trying to squeeze into the sessions, especially those about YA literature and literacy. Chaired a session on TOUGH BOOKS FOR TOUGH TIMES featuring Jack Gantos, Don Gallo, Chris Crowe, CJ Bott, and Chris Crutcher. Arrived at the room at 1 (session began at 2) to find it full already. We had a great time!

I did manage to finish a few more books before heading home. David Lubar's INVASION OF THE ROAD WEENIES is perfect for reading aloud to kids who love a good laugh. Not only are the stories funny, Lubar gives readers a glimpse into the inspiration for each of them in a hilarious appendix. If you do not know Lubar's work, treat yourself to DUNK and FLIP, my two personal favorites.

There are some more to write about, but time is limited now as I head back out of town Sunday for a VOYA board meeting. Oh, and I received fantastic news this week: I was elected to serve on the 2007 Margaret Edwards Committee of YALSA. Finally!

Thanks to all the publishers at IRA who helped me strain my neck and shoulders and back by plying me with galleys. Hope to have some more books to blog shortly.
Current Mood: draineddrained
RebelLibrarian: Tinkrebellibrarian on May 5th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
I was elected to serve on the 2007 Margaret Edwards Committee of YALSA.

=:-) HOORAY!!!

Now that I know you & your reading habits better - I can't understand why they didn't ask you sooner!

sdn: domo rockssdn on May 5th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
this is why i became a member of ala and yalsa, so i could vote for you! ROCK ON
(Anonymous) on May 5th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
I now know someone on the Margaret A. Edwards committee and I stood by two people at ALA who won this award. (Crutcher, Peck) AMAZING! Your expertise is fabulous...don't know why they didn't pick you sooner.:)
Walking the booths with you was so fun! My Junie B. will be on my library shelf tomorrow. I have so many books to read but will start with the Crutcher book this weekend.
Walter Wick was incredible. It is amazing to see the creativity to develop the photos he takes. My only regret was that Julie was too ill to come down. However we may venture to CT. one day...one never knows.
I am on such a high I cannot sleep...the Institute on Sunday...Pam and Richard Peck in Reader's theatre, Joan Bauer dinner, Christopher Paul Curtis, Jack Gantos....it has been unbelievable. Next week is my last week for lessons with 6th grade...I am going to display a book from each of the authors I have hosted over the four years and introduce some YA Lit.
Teri- you are one outstanding lady and I thank you again for all the doors that open for me because of you! MarjieP
(Anonymous) on May 21st, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
I don't want to be anonymous but I don't have a livejournal! I am Jeanne-Marie... I was at the tough books for tough times...I was also at your session with Kylene. (I adore her! I took a class from her at U of H) anywho... the sessions were amazing... those two sessions made up for some horrible other choices I made. I think the hot word this year was "urban teen"! I want to tell you that because of your sessions I have been remotivated to get back into my YA reading. I have even created a message board toget the word out. I would love for you to come visit since techncially your spirit is already there! I pasted your list of WOrthy YA from your site and the anonymous poem To a woman, we think your a teacher. If you get a spare breathing moment I would love for you to check it out. www.booktalks.org/forums it's a brand new site...and my baby. I am sending it to everyone and anyone to spread the word and turn on more teachers so that they can turn on more kids!