My students and I also spent a good chunk of time digging through the kid-books I picked up at the ALA Midwinter Conference exhibition hall this past weekend. Most of the books aren't even published yet, which was pretty exciting for a class full of avid readers! Here's what I picked up in two afternoons:
Among my favorite purchases was Wang's Cozy Classics (I picked up Moby Dick and Pride & Prejudice for some expecting friends of mine!). I love the feeling of simplicity in these books, even though 1) it's not easy to summarize a book in 8 words and 2) the characters made of felt probably took a heck of a long time to make.
I'm also looking forward to reading Platypus Police Squad by Jarrett Krosoczka, Sidekicked by John David Anderson, and P.S., Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia. Plus, I got so many cool new posters and fun new bookmarks to pass around!
In addition to good books, there was good company! I spent Saturday night hanging out with Nerdy Book Club folks. What a fantastic bunch of people! It was wonderful getting to meet so many Twitter friends face-to-face and talk about great books.
And, I also got to meet Tom Angleberger! This picture made me a rock-star in the eyes of my students today.
What a great couple of days it has been! Being around so many fantastic books and enthusiastic people has been completely energizing (which, I'm sure, is a sign I must be an introverted extrovert...), and just the kick-in-the-pants I needed to motivate myself to finish my report cards. I can't wait to start reading!