I should have mentioned this yesterday but vanity got in the way so I showed off my anthology list instead. Anyway, yesterday was the annual Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks here. Lots of kids and plenty of gifted writers and illustrators. I always enjoy these opportunities to catch up on news with friends in the business and, of course, to visit with students who come to hear us and ask their questions.
This year’s roster included Obert Skye, Jackson Pearce, Bill Anderson, J.B. Cheaney, Cheryl Harness, Dorinda Nicholson, Kate Klise, Antony John, David Patneaude, and Brad Sneed. How’s that for a lineup? I think I’ve attended every year. It’s always a highlight in my year.
The wonderful committee of dedicated women who create this event year after year should all be crowned. They go about their business quietly, making small miracles happen when children hear someone who has written and/or illustrated a favorite book. Some kids nearly dance from the room with excitement after such meetings. Thank you committee!