Whirlwind few days -- off to Little Rock to accept the Arkansas Diamond award (with pals Mary Nethery and Jean Cassels)
|Jean, Mary and I after our panel|
|Jean drawing the Bobs for a director chair back|
Bad news, ARA folks: Mary, Jean and I would do *anything* to be with you all again. Serves you right for serving up an super-sized helping of southern hospitality!
|We mentioned we were hungry and, voila, lunch was served!|
|Our lovely award|
NCTE -- a blur of good writing friends: presenting with Deanna Day-Wiff, Deborah Hopkinson and Jim Murphy; dinner with Pam Munoz Ryan, David Levithan and almost with Andrea Davis Pinkney (who couldn't handle the Hancock Tower heights); lunch with Jenni Holm; glass of wine with Karen Cushman; another dinner with Candy Fleming, Jenni, Pat Mora and amazing teaching professionals like Nancy Roser and Colby Sharp (to name a few). New friends: Jennifer Nielson (read her The False Prince!); Matthew Kirby (read his Icefall!) and Kathleen Schlick Noe (read her Something to Hold!); and old, including the much-beloved Mr. Schu and Tom Angleberger who has completely won me over with his charming, delightful Horton Halfpott.
|View from the Hancock Tower at the Scholastic Family Dinner|
|Me, Jenni Holm and uber teacher Colby Sharp at the Random House educators' dinner|
Glad to be home, however, and while you are all whipping up Thanksgiving feasts, I am whipping up homemade dog food for Winston the Wonderdog who has developed a very sensitive tummy.
I am grateful for: friends to celebrate with, a home to come to and stories yet to read and tell.