|pic taken just minutes after|
Wow, what to say about AASL? Charles and I had a great time introducing CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? to readers in Phoenix. The whole weekend was a dream! Not only did we finally get to meet each other (!), we were so touched by the enthusiasm and heartfelt response from our first readers!
So many had stories to share with us from their own lives or from their experiences with students struggling to understand differences. So many expressed the need and desire for books that can help us make the world a better place. I am filled with hope and gratitude and honored to be a part of it.
Also, Charles and I learned at least five more things we have in common, including both being named after our great-grandparents and both working at Disney and both attending the same church as children and and and... Forever Friends, I tell you. FOREVER.
|Icy Smith, Ellen Oh, Charles Waters, Irene Latham|
Bill Konigsberg, Carole Boston Weatherford
Another highlight was hanging out with librarians and some of the great folks at Lerner! Kathleen and Lois and Brad and Andy and Adam... awesome, each one. I have never been more #proudtobeaLerner.
My most favorite moment of the conference is something I can't put into words, but I will share a picture of the two fabulous people involved.
|Tracy and Charles|
Linda Mitchell. So glad you spotted us, Linda! Now go write more amazing poems.
Oh, and the whipped cream on the milkshake? We got a note from Lee Bennett Hopkins informing us that along with Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly gave CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? a starred review! (Lee always knows before anyone else... how does he do it?!) Here is a snippet:
the poems delicately demonstrate the complexity of identity and the power of communication to build friendships.
Thank you thank you thank you! And now... on to NCTE! See you in St. Louis. xo