Virtual visit with fifth grade students in Montague, Michigan

It's been a busy time! I enjoyed the luckiest Friday the 13th ever in April, with a virtual visit with fifth grade students in Montague, Michigan. After choosing to read "To the Copper Country--Mihaela's Journey" for their March Reading Month selection, teachers, staff and Friends of the Library helped create an immersive experience by preparing foods mentioned in the book. So thrilled and honored to have had the chance to interact with these great readers.



VAASL Conference

What a privilege it was to attend the Virginia Association of School Librarians conference November 2-4! It was great to meet such enthusiastic professionals passionate about getting the right books into the hands of their students. Wonderful to be with other SCBWI members as we gave our five-minute pitches for school visits. The exchange afterwards of how authors can be of most use to school librarians was enlightening. The folks at Bookworm Central, the book distributor for the SCBWI authors, were truly delightful. It was a terrific experience in all ways. 


Fall SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Conference

What a great couple of days at our region's annual conference! A fabulous morning workshop on Friday with Matthew Winner, a library media specialist, co-founder of All the Wonders children's literature website and host of All the Wonders podcast. Matthew presented invaluable information about how to connect author's with schools and libraries. Check out his website and podcast info.

In the afternoon, a roundtable of both long-published and newbie authors shared information about how to balance writing and making a living. So collegial and generous.

The keynote speaker on Saturday was Gary D. Schmidt, a prolific, award-winning writer and professor at Calvin College in Michigan. He inspired us with his remarks about writing to serve and challenged us to keep our awareness of different perspectives in the world.

A wonderful gathering of the tribe!