First, I apologize to my readers for my recent hiatus. When life gets busy, blogging falls off the 'to do' list. But that's as it should be. As much as I enjoy sharing my book lists and staying connected to the world of children's literature online, I want to take advantage of kid lit opportunities in person, as much as possible.
And that's what I've been doing this month. First, I attended the NJ SCBWI Craft Weekend on the beautiful campus of the Princeton Theological Seminary. The faculty of agents, editors, and authors provided their collective wisdom on the children's book industry and offered a wide array of strategies for the aspiring author. Peer and professional critiques have jumpstarted my revision plans. Overall, it was well worth the trip!
This month, I also enjoyed the 17th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival. This amazing, family-friendly festival is full of authors and illustrators signing books, offering workshops, and reading aloud. My boys also enjoyed Busy Bookworm Place, where they made a zebra out of the letter Z as a craft connection to Z is for Moose (which we had signed by illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky!). Check out this fun book trailer. We also had to stop at the tables of JANE YOLEN, JEFF MACK, and MATTHEW MCELLIGOTT! Going to this sort of thing is like a celebrity red-carpet event for me. I can never get enough!
Now for some Thanksgiving books :)