Friday, January 15, 2016

ALA Midwinter Conference Highlights

We were thrilled to once again attend the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Boston this past weekend. Although winters in Boston have a reputation, the weather cooperated beautifully, and we were able to thoroughly enjoy the conference. We wanted to share some highlights from this year, so here goes!

This year, we were excited to have three of our talented authors join us at our booth for signings and giveaways. Bill Harley, author of the Charlie Bumpers series, joined us on Friday. If you missed the freebies, you can find the latest Charlie Bumpers adventure, Charlie Bumpers vs. the Perfect Little Turkey, at your local library or bookstore!


Melissa Stewart and Farhana Zia joined us on Saturday for signings of their new books coming out this spring. Melissa is bringing us a revised version of A Place for Frogs, coming out April 1. Melissa’s book reaches young readers with the message of their responsibility to the world’s creatures and their habitats.


Farhana brings a contemporary Indian village to life in her new book Child of Spring, coming out March 1. It was great having some time with a few of our authors, so thanks to all three of you for coming out!



We were also happy to hear the announcements of many of the prestigious awards handed out at the conference. Like many others, we were excited to see the picture book The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, win the Newberry Medal for children’s books in 2015. The rare occurrence of a picture book receiving this honor proves just how special The Last Stop on Market Street really is.

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015

Overall we were pleased with the growing diversity and variety that was present among the many deserving authors and titles that were honored with awards this year.


Thank you to ALA for another great year!

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