Yeah, so back at the end of July, I said I was going to slow down my posting frequency, but I wasn’t going to take a full break from posting. I posted one review about a week later.
And then I pretty much took a full break from posting. Oops.
But the wedding is over (and it was beautiful and wonderful), the home re-organization is done (as much as projects like this are ever really ‘done’) and life is returning to its normal pace.
Most importantly, this weekend I took a road trip to Amherst, Massachusetts to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for their Inspiration Day event. Inspiration, indeed! The 10 authors/illustrators in attendance were Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Bryan Collier, Tony DiTerlizzi, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, and Mo Willems. I was fascinated listening to them talk about their inspirations and thoroughly starstruck having the opportunity to meet and talk to them as they were signing books.
Every single one of the artists was warm, funny and gracious to their fans and they all clearly adore what they do. My daughter and I left inspired and overjoyed and I have a big stack of books to read and review here on my desk. While I’ve already reviewed most of the books pictured above, I plan to feature the event artists over the course of the next few weeks.
As always, I got the question about how I fit into the picture book world. Teacher? Librarian? Grandparent? I always say I’m just a fan but after this weekend, I think I will also use the word ‘collector.’ Because that’s an appropriate word for someone who buys and treasures works of art.