I usually don't expect a lot so I don't get disappointed, but I expected a lot from ALA and I was definitely NOT disappointed. Today I started by going to the STACKS. I met many authors/heroes. The books I had signed were: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, A Nest for Celeste, The Fighting Ground, Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka, and One Crazy Summer. First I got AVI's signature. Then I walked around and looked for where my next signings were. When it was 11:00, I was quintuple booked. My mom stood in line for Henry Cole and dropped off my copy of One Crazy Summer for Rita to sign because I would be at a luncheon during her signing and we had corresponded so I really wanted her signature. I was in line for Jon Scieszka and had him sign Knucklehead to me and Matthew (you might remember his guest blogger post about the book).
Next I got in line for Jacqueline Kelly. While I was in line, Maria Gentle spotted me.
We talked as I moved up in the line then we left for our separate luncheons. I took my first cab to the luncheon in honor of Cornelia Funke. I had her sign my copy of Inkheart (it is in German because my grandparents went to Germany and got me a book). Everyone got an advance limited edition copy of Reckless, her book that will come out this year. I had mine signed.
Next I listened to the Notable Children's Book Discussion. It was hard not to say what I was thinking out loud, especially about Countdown. And then I had a piece of the Ace of Cakes cake. It was delicious!!!
After that I got my copy of Mockingbird signed by Kathryn Erskine. She was very nice and let me have MORE stickers and temporary tattoos of the cover of her book. Next I walked around the STACKS and got even more free books. I was there so long that I was on the floor when it closed. As you can see, I had a very busy day. I am excited for tomorrow!