I am having a ball being a published author after all these years. One of the most fabulous events I've attended so far in my new role was ALA--the American Library Association conference. Not only did I meet up with buddy authors, librarians and editors, I was surprised to see my publisher, Lauri Hornik there. It brought tears to my eyes to see my book--yes MY book!--on the shelf with other Penguin Young Readers Nonfiction titles. What a moment for me!
I also finally met, after all these blogging years (5 1/2), one of the Kidlitosphere pioneers, Besty Bird (School Library Journal). Besty is great and I have enjoyed her blog, Fuse 8. Here is a photo of me with Barbara Bietz, chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, and Elizabeth Bird.