I had the most amazing experience this July. I went to the Books For Young Readers Conference at BYU with wonderful and brilliant friends. I listened to authors and illustrators speak. I asked questions. I got signatures. I felt enriched.
I had Jason and Laura join me for the dinner. Laura loved getting to meet her favorite author: Sara Pennypacker. She was so adorable with Laura and I came to love her even more!
I laughed my guts out at Tony DiTerlizzi and found my Sara's kindred spirit. I fell in love all over again with Philip and Erin Stead - remember I have one of their pics in my basement? I am incredibly excited for the rest of Jennifer Nielsen's False Prince series. I decided my sister should be the next Karen Cushman and publish through her scholarship. I was blown away by the talent and extreme niceness of Steve Jenkins and just couldn't stop buying his books - Eliza is thrilled.
Authors are celebrities in our house. It was so great to meet them. I also found out one of my BFF's is even more amazing than I thought, as she presented and was FANTASTIC!
Is it time for next year's conference yet? I need some more books for my signatures shelf that I put in the front room.