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My excellent adventure at the 2017 Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival

I had a terrific timeĀ at the 2017 Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival.

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I registered for the conference, and popped into the festival book store, run by Frugal Frigate. I look to my left, and there’s Caldecott Honoree and Pura Belpre Medalist, Yuyi Morales!

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Yuyi gave the keynote address on the first day. Her description of the work involved in creating her book Viva Frida was captivating.

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David Schwartz talked about helping kids wonder about what they read. Here he is unfurling a banner with one million stars on it.

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I listened to the delightful George Ella Lyon speak about poem and picture books.

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At the book signing, I got to meet Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca. I asked Yuyi Morales to take a photo, but she took a selfie by mistake.

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Here, Yuyi’s photography skills improved. Me with Brian Floca.

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The next day, I got to sit next to Brian for another book signing.

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The conference attendees got a surprise song via Skype from Emily Arrow.

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Then, Brian Floca presented about his writing/illustrating process.

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I moderated a panel, Research for Picture Books, with David Schwartz, Brian Floca, and Lois Harris.

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The conference wrapped up with a lovely presentation by Newbery Honoree Pam Munoz Ryan. Good times.


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Fun at the 2016 Orange County Children’s Book Festival

I had a fun time signing books, meeting authors, and making new friends at the 2016 Orange County Children’s Book Festival.

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Signing with Dan Paley at the Once Upon a Storybook booth

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Author Francesca Rusackas and illustrator Priscilla Burris.

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With author/illustrator Jennifer Gray Olson.

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Middle grade/young adult author Shannon Messenger.

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Me in front of the SCBWI booth.

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Illustrator Chris Robertson and his helpful if shy son.

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Author/illustrators Frans Vischer and Rodolfo Montalvo.

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Picture book author Marcia Berneger.

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The Cat in the Hat had Thing 1 and Thing 2. They seem to have gotten busy and created Thing 3!