California Readers Award Breakfast on Saturday, February 26, 2011. This was a luncheon to recognize the schools that were selected by the Committee to receive a collection of books written or illustrated by California Authors and Illustrators. As well as, for the previous year's winners to demonstrate how they used the books that they received.
In addition, 2007 Newbery Winner, Susan Patron was the keynote speaker and there were several dozen authors and illustrators in attendance. I had fun sitting at the same table with Marianne Wallace (non-fiction picture book - writer/illustrator), David Schwartz (picture book writer), and Susan Goldman Rubin (picture book writer). I also ran into Rhonda Hayter (2010 MG Debut author), and chatted with the amazing Eve Bunting.
The authors and illustrators at the event weren't the only ones that I was excited to meet. I also connected with many teachers and librarians I know including Tweeps like Shannon Messenger (@sw_messenger, Ramblings of a Wanna Be Scribe), Cathy Blacker (@cathy_blackler), Cindy Beggs (@cb6loves2read) and Yukari Matsuyama (@rblib). (Note: I apologize to anyone I left out of this list.) Unfortunately due to poor lighting conditions my pictures for this event will need a miracle to save.
here. First, I attended a question and answer session with him. Then on Friday night, as the evening presenter, he went into extensive detail about his artwork and the development of some of his books, especially We Are The Ship and his new book Heart and Soul which will be out in September 2011. I loved his work before, but have a deeper appreciation for his illustrations after hearing him speak.
Just as I grew in appreciation for Pinkney's beautifully rich words, I also find her stories about how her husband, Brian Pinkney, creates the illustrations for many of her books. Her explanation of Brian Pinkney's purposeful design of the counter-space throughout the book, Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down brought a deeper level of understanding and power to the book.
Well it is getting late and I still want to see if I can get some of the film footage from the Literature Festival edited and up-loaded. Wish me luck. And if you are in the Southern California area, don't forget to check into all of these events.