Katherine Paterson, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and she was really nice. She had read my blog, amazing, and was not mad that I did not love Jacob Have I Loved. I will read it again! She said the reader is like the co-author on a book; imagine being a co-author with Katherine Paterson! If this had been the only thing that happened to me today I would have been very happy and very excited. But, there is more!
I was invited by ALA President Camila Alire to an amazing luncheon. I got to meet many board members of ALA and ALSC (all the folks who make the ALA work!).
Rebecca Stead, Jacqueline Kelly and Rodman Philbrick. For lunch I got to sit by all three of them and talk about books, can you even believe it?
This was not the end of my amazing day. I managed to squeeze in listening to the ALA notable discussion, and seeing the book cart drill team (you have GOT to see this!).
And then I put on my purple poof dress and went to the 2010 Newbery/Caldecott Gala. Before the event even started I got to meet Grace Lynn and Jerry Pinkney. I now have a set of all the Award and Honor books from 2010 autographed to me!