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!
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.