Has anyone seen a conference? I’m ready to go. NCTE in Baltimore this weekend will do just fine. Here’s part of my schedule on Saturday.
11:00 – 12:15
Inquiry through Poetry: The 2019 Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels, in Room 345.
This is the committee that presents the 2019 choices for Notable Books and introduces the upcoming list for next year. My book, CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS, is on the upcoming list.
My role at this session is to present for 15 or 20 minutes on ways teachers can introduce poetry into the classroom. I’m trying to help drum up a crowd so tell anyone you know who will be attending the conference to come to Room 345 at 11:00.
Children’s Book Awards Luncheon. I don’t know how many authors will be recognized this year but the room is usually filled with tables for ten, each hosted by an author with a current and/or popular book, and sponsored by their publisher. This year Paul Janeczko will be honored posthumously. Earlier this year my book AND THE BULLFROGS SING was published by Holiday House but I’m being sponsored by Boyds Mills & Kane for CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. Some of the other authors I know about are Louise Borden, Rebecca Dotlich, Matt Forrest Esenwine, Nikki Grimes, Georgia Heard, Elizabeth Steinglass, and Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. there will be many, many others.
2:30 – 3:00
I’ll be signing CRAWLY at the BMP/BMK booth, #831. Come by to say hello!
4:00 – 4:30
I’ll be around the Holiday House booth, #844. I’m not scheduled to sign there, but if they have copies of BULLFROG, I’ll be happy to personalize them for anyone who drops by while I’m there.
The rest of my time at the conference is scheduled with meetings and happy reunions. I’m eager to be there.