Tuesday, June 10, 2008

BEA with Nancy Viau

Nancy Viau and Jeff Kinney (author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

Thanks for the great BEA pic, Nancy! Tell us more:

I attended the ABC "Not a Dinner and (Mostly) Silent Auction" in Hollywood. 2k8 classmates Laurel Snyder and Donna Freitas were there, too, although we didn't get a chance to chat much during all the fun. I got to meet wonderful librarians like Ilene Abramson, Director of Children's Services/L.A. Public Library System and authors/speakers like Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and Rick Riordan (author of the Percy Jackson series of books, including his latest, The Battle of the Labyrinth). Nikki Giovanni's spirited talk brought tears to my eyes, and she received a standing ovation. Jeff and Rick were so funny, my cheeks hurt from ear-to-ear grinning. Here's a bit more about the award-winners that night:

The Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) announced the recipients of its fifth annual E.B. White Read Aloud Awards.

The winner of the 2008 award for Picture Books is When Dinosaurs Came With Everything, written by Elise Broach, and illustrated by David Small (S&S). In a statement, ABC said of this most-nominated picture book, the selection committee loved "the perfect combination of wonderful writing, whimsical illustration, and imaginative premise."

The winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers is The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). "The committee loved the appeal of [this] story for a wide ranges of ages, and felt it was destined 'to become a classic,'" said the ABC statement.

Stay tuned this week for more summer conference stories--BEA, NJSCBWI, and RWA!


Becky said...

Hi! I thought I'd stop by to share with the whole class about a post I've just written about the Librarians' Choices list. A group of folks--most but certainly not all affiliated in the past or present with Texas Woman's University--select 100 titles representing 'the best' children's and YA lit published that year. I wanted to increase awareness of the list and let you know that we'd be happy to consider your books for this list. We're not elitist, and new authors--debut authors--have just as much a chance as anyone else. Read my post to find out more.

The Class of 2k8 said...

Thanks Becky! Sounds great!