The awards are given at the spring Reading Roundup conference, which is hands down one of my favorite "literary" events in Maine. That's because it's a gathering of LIBRARIANS, and let's face it: if you're a writer, especially a kidlit writer, your two best friends are Independent Booksellers and School Librarians. Not only are these people fun, but ... they are so well read! They are also the bridge between your books and your readers, so, yeah. We love them.
I have many "favorite" librarians in Maine, but Jill Hooper, of Freeport Middle School, is one of my absolute faves. She is creative and fun and such a great advocate for kids and books! She also lives one town over from me and we often grocery shop at the same time, which means engaging in fun "Have you read this?" conversations in the cheese section while our kids try to get us out of there. Anyway, Jill was my "guide" at this year's Reading Roundup, which naturally meant: selfie!
|Me and "Mr. Schu"|
|Left to right: me, Ryan Higgins, Melissa Sweet, Ashley Bryan.|
|Before everything got rolling, "Mr. Schu" and Ashley Bryan had a chance to chat.|
|I got a picture with Ashley Bryan!|
|These beautiful plates are made by Maine artist Toby Rosenberg.|
|Wrecked has a sticker!|
|Standing ovation at the Augusta Civic Center when Ashley Bryan received his award.|