Oh there has been a whole lot of amazing bookish things in this week. If there is a land of Nerdy-book-club-ish-ness, well, I have been wandering about within it. Quite happily. Actually wandering is not the word. Leaping. Whirling. Rejoicing. These words better capture it.
It began a week ago with the amazing Western Washington Children’s Literature Conference and it kept going until today at the eerie and exceptional Serendipity conference here in Vancouver.
I have been so blessed to hear brilliant and passionate words (and have many books signed by . . . ) from Kate DiCamillo, Yuyi Morales, Joyce Sidman and Matt de la Peña (all in Bellingham) and Molly Idle, Holly Black, Andrew Smith and Mariko Tamaki (here in Vancouver).
I also got to attend the first EVER nErDCamp Bellingham last Sunday!
And then of course, all kinds of #booklove happened in my classroom all week.
I have too many words but can’t seem to settle them. So much of this will be in pictures.
The Western Washington Children’s Literature Conference was so amazing!
I learned a lot from each presenter. One (or two) line take aways
Matt de la Peña: “You can’t be a great writer until first you are a great reader.”
Yuyi Morales: “At the library, there are books with art in them like in an art gallery. Some of them were made for people like me and my story.”
Kate DiCamillo: “It is a privilege to have anything at all to do with books. Words matter. Words don’t fail.”
Joyce Sidman: “Why share poetry with children? Poems can never be wrong. Some might be more powerful. They can express our “souls””
And Sunday was all about nErDcamp in the gorgeous Whatcom Middle School Library:
I spent some time twisting and turning trying to see this gorgeous space from every angle
Loved meeting with friends old and new and learning together 🙂
Thank you to the awesome Adam Shaffer for his Nerdy vision!
I loved bringing Viva Frida back for Miriam and watching her share it with little listeners
Today at the Vancouver Children’s Literacy Roundtable’s Serendipity, more wonderful words and many laughs. Many of the gems are too – let’s call them – “too YA” to share.
From Andrew Smith: “My code is the English language. Like a wizard I can put words together and make poetry. It is powerful.”
From Mariko Tamaki: “There is a third writer in a comic book – the author, the illustrator and the person who puts it all together. The collaboration is important.”
From Molly Idle and Kelly Chipponeri (Editorial Director, Children’s Books at Chronicle Books in San Fransisco): “The process of putting together a book and doing what is best for the book is about kind, creative and supportive communication.”
From Holly Black: “It is intensely personal and strange to write a book. Writing is often answering the questions that we come across.”
I loved the chance to talk education with Andrew Smith and to share the sunshine with Molly and Kelly and hear more about their collaboration.
A gorgeous day all around.
My students adore Molly Idle‘s Flora so they will be thrilled that I got our classroom copies signed!
And yes, I love all of this – the authors, the illustrators and the literacy love. But why do I love it so much? Because I can share it with my students.
Their book love is my book love.
Our passion for literacy is always, I hope, transformative.
Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community! Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks. Read all of the celebrations by following the links shared here.
So happy you commented. I wouldn’t have known you’d posted! Wow, and wow again. I love that you’ve had all these connections these past two weekends. What a joyous time. I have been surrounded by books, am writing curriculum like crazy, but it’s not the same as talking about them, meeting the authors and illustrators, etc. I did give myself a gift by signing up for the All-Write Conference in June-something to look forward to! Happy Days, Carrie!
A joyous time is the perfect way to describe it Linda! It is really energizing!
Thank you for sharing those inspirational take-away lines and the spectacular photos!
I wish I could share more – but then I wouldn’t stop typing! So much learning in these last two weekends.
Wow! A Serendipity conference! How cool is that?! Sounds like a great week for you and your class!!! Thanks for sharing!
It really was! Thanks for the comment.
So much wonderfulness here! What an amazingly bookish week. It’s always such a treat to meet the people who create books. 😉
It certainly is. I never tire of hearing the stories about what led these writers and illustrators to the world of books and am so thankful that they do what they do!