I spent last Friday at the Scholastic Headquarters in New York, at my very first USBBY Board of Directors Meeting. Unfortunately, I missed Clifford's 50th birthday party by one day... but it was a terrific experience. The offices were dazzling. It was like the Google Teacher Academy experience its energizing, creative environment. The board itself was made of very informed and articulate people. Mitali Perkins, one of my very first twitter connections, presented on the power if social media. The whole day was stimulating. I wasn't able to contribute much to the proceedings, but everyone was very welcoming and I'm already having fun following up on a few projects.
In addition to business matters, we discussed:
- International Children's Book Day, coming up April 2.
- the USBBY regional meeting (regional for USBBY means national) in St. Louis this October
- the release of USBBY's list of the Outstanding International Books for 2012, visible on this Google Map
If you're interested in international children's literature and cross-cultural understanding, USBBY is full of kindred spirits. Join this year for only $40, next year it will be $50.
Elizabeth Wein (!!!), author of my very favorite book from 2012, will be the speaker at the USBBY event at ALA Annual, Saturday June 29th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. I am super-jazzed for that.
New York was...New York. Heaving and noisy and dirty and fabulous and delicious. I saw a couple of shows, a couple of friends, came home just in time for our make-up weather day on what was supposed to be the President's Day holiday. i also read some incredible forthcoming books, but more on that later.