June 30th, 2008

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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........
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a few photos from the festivities

As promised, here are a few shots from last night. Here is Mr. Curtis at the Newbery dinner (lighting sucked).




Laurie Halse Anderson at the VOYA party snaps me as I snap her. BTW, she looked lovely in her dress at the Newbery dinner, too.





At some point, the leaders of the Texas Library Association came to visit Christopher. Here is Jackie Chetzron, Cindy Buchanan, and Chris.