Skip to main content

My awesome week at the International Reading Association Annual Convention

I was really lucky this year to have the opportunity to volunteer (and attend for free) at the IRA (International Reading Association) Annual Convention. I have wanted to go to this event since my very first year of teaching (almost 7 years ago). Luckily, the convention was finally near my house! Next year it is in Chicago, but I don't think I will be able to swindle a free trip for that one.

During my trip, I spent a lot of time talking to publishers and book reps, as well as chatting with some authors. If you haven't heard of Bloomsbury Publishing, you should check them out pronto. They are amazing. I think it is a company requirement to be generous, friendly, and overall awesome. They hooked me up with a TON of books. Love that. 

Meg Cabot!

This is just ONE of the four floors!

Jeff Kinney! My son didn't disown me; I was able to get a book signed.
BTW, he said there will be at least TWO more Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

R.L. Stine!

Llama Llama!
Who doesn't love this adorable red pajama wearing llama?

As you can tell, I had a great time. I didn't load my pictures of Goldie Hahn (who still looks amazing) and some of the other authors I met. I'll save those for another time. =)  My In My Mailbox this week is going to be MONUMENTAL!

Comments

  1. Looks like fun! Just hopping on by via the hop.. and I'm now a brand new follower!
    Have a super day...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Looks like you had a great time - I'm turning green with envy.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you back. Have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Let the world know what you think... leave a message! I read them all!

Popular posts from this blog

My 13 reasons why you should avoid Netflix's 13 Reasons Why

If you subscribe to Netflix, you should know about the book to film adaptation of Jay Asher's novel, Thirteen Reasons Why. I remember reading the book years ago on a recommendation, and fell in love with the story. It took me through so many emotions as I read Hannah's story. You can see my thoughts on the novel here, because this post isn't about the novel per se.

This post is about what bothered me about Netflix's attempt at capturing this story. So here goes, my 13 reasons why I shouldn't have watched "Thirteen Reasons Why" on Netflix.

1. The language. My goodness, the language. I understand that teenagers curse worse than sailors in many situations, but if you aren't bothered by the ridiculous use of the f bomb as both an adjective, verb, and general space filler-- there is a problem. I stopped counting in one episode its use because I reached 20 before the half way point. Twenty! I don't think they even bothered to come up with other words. …

Feature Follow Friday

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!


This week's question: Do you have any furry friends?


These are my fur babies: 

This is what it often looks like while I'm busy working. As you can tell, productivity is high. 


This is Lilly waiting for her boys to come home. She'll spend the entire day just like this if she's not sleeping next to me in my office. 

This is Roscoe. AKA The Boss. He runs the show around here. And yes, he has a sweater AND a coat for cold weather. 

Review: The Search for Delicious

The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book


Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.


Gaylen’s quest leads him to the woldweller, a wise, 900-year-old creature who lives alone at the precise center of the forest; to Canto, the minstrel who sings him an old song about a mermaid child and who gives him a peculiar good-luck charm; to the underground domain of the dwarfs; and finally to Ardis who might save the kingdom from havoc.

My Review: I love this book! It is such a fun, easy, and enjoyable r…