YES! The annual NCTE Conference . . . and too much fun! This was my second NCTE and I had a blast.
It began on Friday night at the Scholastic Family dinner . . .
Peepy loved meeting Newbery Winner Lois Lowry and Rodman Philbrick . . .
Pam Munoz Ryan, E.B. Lewis and Kirby Larson made sure Peepy had plenty to eat and drink . . .
Things got wild after that. It was all Gordon Korman's fault. He dared Peeps to balance on his head . . . then everyone wanted to get into the act. Here's Gordon, Deborah Wiles and Sara Lewis Holmes . . .
And Coe Booth, Maggie Stiefvater, and David Levithan . . .
And Derrick Barnes, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and National Book Awardee Judy Blundell . . .
Our fabulous Scholastic team who make the authors look good included Lisa Ann Sandell, Robin Hoffman (with Judy), Tracy van Straaten, John Mason and Lizette Serrano . . .
And here's our fearless leader Dick Robinson, President, CEO and Chairman of Scholastic . . .
The next day it was time to roam around the convention floor. It was fun running into old friends and new, like Adam Rex, Neal Shusterman, and Megan Whalen Turner . . .
And Henry Cole, Caledcott (x 3) Winner David Wiesner and Janet Wong . . .
And Barbara O'Connor, Ellen Wittinger and Monica Edinger . . .
And Gennifer Choldenko . . .
Plus, editors David Gale and Alvina Ling . . .
Then it was time to sign books!
Soon we were at a Speed Dating With Authors Type Event. Holly Black and I were at the same table . . .
(Holly, along with Cecil Castellucci, edited GEEKTASTIC, a YA anthology I have a story in!)
And Melinda de la Cruz and Heather Brewster . . .
Other authors who participated included Kurtis Scaletta, Jo Knowles and Robin Wasserman . . .
That night, Dick Robinson hosted the annual M. R. Robinson Reception and Dinner for ONE THOUSAND teachers . . .
After we ran into David Saylor, David Mcinnas Gill and Kate Messner . . .
We had a wonderful time, and it wasn't over yet!
Next Blog: More NCTE adventures, more amazing authors and more more.
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