So I’m surfing around the BEA site, and I see this:Â
11:00AM â€“ 12:30PM SPEED DATING WITH CHILDRENâ€™S AUTHORS (Room 403AB)
Sponsored by the Childrenâ€™s Booksellers and Publishers Committee [A cooperative committee of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), and the Childrenâ€™s Book Council (CBC)].
Get to know twenty childrenâ€™s book creators up close and personal! Authors and illustrators will move from table to table, stopping for quick get-to-know-you chats. Please note: this event is for booksellers only!
Participating â€œdatesâ€ include: M.T. Anderson (Harcourt), Joan Bauer (Putnam/Penguin), Francesca Lia Block (HarperCollins), Cylin Busby (Bloomsbury), Cecil Castellucci (Candlewick), Tim Egan (Houghton Mifflin), Victoria Forester (Feiwel and Friends) Donna Freitas (FSG), Polly Horvath (Random House), James Lescene (HarperCollins), Barry Lyga (Houghton Mifflin), Brandon Mull (Shadow Mountain), Travis Nichols (Roaring Brook), Chris Raschka (Scholastic), Gary D.Schmidt (Clarion), David Shannon (Scholastic), Judy Sierra (Random House), Laurel Snyder (Tricycle), Nancy Werlin (Penguin), and Jane Yolen (Charlesbridge).
Oh. My. Goodness.
I was superexcited to go to BEA, and to do this event. But I do not think I realized that the other authors would all be… well, who they are.Â Such names.Â Real authors.Â These folks have won Caldecott and Newbery and Edgar and National Book Award and Pulitzer prizes. And Academy Awards!!!
And prizes aside, Polly Horvath is a particular favorite of mine.