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I had a great time. SLJ’s Day of Dialog on Tuesday was packed (both the schedule and attendance) and while I don’t think our panel on the difference between graphic novels and picture books actually came up with any answers, we had a good time exploring the question. I also heard most of the steampunk panel–it made me wish the telectroscope was still here. Later I went over to the Egmont offices to meet Elizabeth, and I got to hear and see a fascinating discussion re cover choices for a paperback reprint of one of their novels. My one contribution was “Boys won’t touch that.”  Tuesday night, after a claustrophobic half-hour at the Association of Children’s Booksellers reception and art auction (unfortunately, it was too crowded to look at the art), E and I spent the evening watching American Idol and having a Twitchat (Tweetchat?) about children’s book reviews. Greg Pincus has the transcript up here.

On Wednesday, I signed ARCs of A Family of Readers at the Candlewick booth, where I actually had a line and we even ran out of copies. Before I started feeling too glamorous, I remembered that the ARCs were, you know, free. But people seemed enthusiastic about the book and Candlewick was very nice to me all around.

Before departing on the Limoliner Thursday afternoon, clutching my newly purchased copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, I had a nice visit with Virginia Duncan and Steve Geck at Greenwillow. They are working on this really neat iPhone app based on Donald Crews’s Freight Train. Pull the levers! Toot the horn! Feed the animals! It has the same sleek look of the book, now more than thirty years old itself but not at all betraying its age. I suggested they follow it up with On Market Street–lots to push and pull and juggle and jiggle there.

Okay, back to the adventures of Lisbeth. Everybody, have a great weekend.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >Wow! That tweetchat hits like a big room full of people yelling "Look at me! Look at me!" I had to skedaddle out of there, ears covered.

    How much significant thought is actually exchanged in these things? It seems that there is a very bad signal to noise ratio.

  2. Jennifer Schultz says:

    >Glad you had a great turnout. Someday, I will go to BEA (too bad they don't have it in DC anymore). Any chance that you will have/sign ARCs at ALA this summer (I know you have other duties on the exhibit floor and whatnot during the convention)?

  3. MotherReader says:

    >I'm sorry I missed your signing. I was lucky enough to get an "extra" copy at Candlewick as they were clearing out on Thursday afternoon. Looking forward to reading it!

  4. Beth Kephart says:

    >I'd have stood in your line, had I been there for that day. Congratulations.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    >But Roger, you forgot to mention that Egmont was robbed, ROBBED at the ABC Dinner when Leaving the Bellweathers did not win the EB White Read Aloud award. We lost to The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z, which I have to admit is a terrific book. It's an honor just to be nominated, blah blah blah. And for that matter, why didn't Crystal Bowersox win Idol? She hit many more notes in tune than Lee did.

  6. KT Horning says:

    >Still think Greenwillow missed the boat years ago by not making a Brio app for "Freight Train." It frustrated my two-year old nephew to no end that his Brio train cars were the wrong colors.

  7. >I'm focused on "Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" comment. Did you like it? Did it live up to the previous books? Is there a lesson for those who are writing trilogies in the pacing? Okay, that was just a question to try to make it relate somehow to children's literature.

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