Phil Bildner hanging out. He came to my school two years ago to talk to the kids. He writes a lot of stories that my third grade boys loved! A lot about sports and historical fiction. I wanted to go introduce myself but so many other women were and I didn't want to lose my place in line, lol. For the record, though, he is a great presenter and wonderful for author visits!
Kadir Nelson and get his autograph on a few of my classroom books. Henry's Freedom Box is one of my favorite historical fiction books for kids. His illustrations are AMAZING. If you click on the link you will not be disappointed! Although not very friendly, he just kind of held his hands out for my books...it was great to get his autographs on all the copies of his books that I had in my classroom. Next time I hit Half Priced Books I need to look for more of his books. I hope he returns because I have more books I'd like to get signed. :)
Bob Shea signing copies of his new book. He writes for younger children but I found a copy of Big Plans that he illustrated with Lane Smith, the first author/illustrator I ever met. This book is really inspirational to me and my students and talks about all the big plans we make in life and never to let anyone tell you they are too big. Can I just say he was a SUPER nice guy, so humble to know my kids love his book. I really enjoyed talking to him.
Barney Saltzberg. I purchased Crazy Hair Day at the Barnes and Noble tent beside the tables. He was such a blast to meet. We talked about teaching young kids and ended up giving me around 100 bookmarks to take back to my classroom. I absolutely love the book and have a fun time with crazy hair days in the classroom. :) Loved him and hope to see him again to get some other books signed.
Nancy Tillman was signing. She writes picture books that are great for reading to children before bed. I went to the Barnes and Noble side of the tent and found The Crown on Your Head. It was so touching I had to get a copy. She was really sweet and left handed!! :)
Michelle Knudsen. She writes a variety of books for young children and teens. I love The Library Lion and had just got it (for Free) from Scholastic Book Clubs and she was nice enough to sign it even though it wasn't purchased from the tent.
After I took some more pictures I left. And, in true Brandy fashion, I hit up Half Priced Books to get some more books for Sunday's line up. I spent way too much money but I was in book heaven all day, so I was pumped. I had booked a room at the Hampton Inn outside of Austin and just read books and blogged all night (it was fabulous). The next day I had more authors to stalk!
Kate DiCamillo!! I had got some of her books the night before at Half Priced Books to save some money, lol. She was very nice and I loved getting some of her books signed! I read Because of Winn Dixie when I was a kid so it was great to get it signed, along with The Tale of Despereaux which I just love. She creates such great characters!
David Davis. He's a "hoot" as some say. His books are really funny and my kids love them, especially Zeke and the Longhorn which is great to teach Texas' symbols. I've seen him at a lot of author signings...so therefore have many of his books signed. :) That never gets old!
I can't wait for another 2 months when I'll be back the last weekend of October!