So far, I am. I look at things differently ("Those glasses remind me of Jenni Holm's!"). I notice things from an ALA perspective. Like when I should be glancing through 100's of pictures of kids at sleep away camp searching for the ones of my own children, I see other things, too ("See that random girl in that camp picture? See what book she's reading? No? Well, look more closely because I am noticing that she is reading El Deafo!") and I'm still thinking all about the magic of Kwame. How lucky we were to connect last summer over Twitter when I first read The Crossover. How even luckier I was to share the book with students in the fall. How even luckier we were to Skype with him in January and luckiest to be at ALA to cheer him on and watch him gain 20,000 more followers.
And it all began at the airport:
|I should have left that pillow at home. Yes, I packed a lot. See my previous blog post.|
I decided to create an Animoto on my experience. I was there to celebrate Kwame, so there are a lot of pictures of him. It looks like all I did was pose with authors and illustrators. I learned a lot. I networked. Just being there, I soaked it all in. And I know as these weeks go by this summer, I will remember more and just think how lucky I was to be there. Thanks to Kwame for giving me the nudge--He even THANKED all of us (Susan, Mary Ann, his friends at the table I was at) in his speech! We are the leaders of the KAFC*!
Here's the Animoto...
*Kwame Alexander Fan Club
Ok...This is now finished...I can move on and think about 2016. I can review books (Sunny Side Up, Crenshaw, George, Circus Mirandus...I've read them all believe it or not.) I am moving on but not forgetting...