I got to go to an event with OVER 30 AUTHORS and ILLUSTRATORS in ONE PLACE!! WOW!!

I went to Children’s Book World (an AWESOME independently owned book store in Haverford PA -vistit their site HERE) last night and they were having an event with OVER 30 AUTHORS and ILLUSTRATORS in ONE PLACE!!! It was super cool and super crowded! Every author or illustrator there were local to the Philadelphia area!

Well, first (when I got in) I met 2 authors, Elizabeth Mosier and Pat Hughes. Ms. Hughes told me she likes to write historical fiction books (one of my favorite genres of books). I got 2 of Ms. Hughes’ books – “The Breaker Boys” and “Five 4ths of July” –  and my mom got Ms. Mosier’s book “Playgroup” (a book meant for adults). Ms. Mosier was super nice and she told us she teaches writing for children. She directed me to see David Weisner, an author/illustrator. I got his book “Art & Max” and set off to find him! He was a very nice man to talk to and his book is AWESOME (I can’ wait to review it)!

I saw Eileen Spinelli and headed toward her! I had a copy of “The Perfect Thanksgiving” and said to her “Please sign it ‘To Josie’.” I thought she (Josie, my little sister) might like it. The book is very colorful and I know Ms. Spinelli is a really great author! 

NOT last, and NOT least, I saw Bob Mcleod (author and illustrator of “Superhero ABC”), went to him, said ‘hi,’ told him my name and he signed my copy of his book. I really wanted to meet Mr. Mcleod because he is an illustrator for DC and Marvel comics too and I am a big fan of his.

I next I went off in search of some authors when I said “Excuse me” to a man, I noticed it was David Lubar, one of the authors I was looking for! It just so happened I had my copy of his book “Flip” in my hands and I asked him to sign it.

I saw Amy Ignatow (author of “The Popularity Papers”) and worked my way through the crowd hoping she didn’t leave that spot…. When I caught up to her, I asked her “Do you need to read the series in order?” while she was signing my copy of her third book “Words of Questionable Wisdom from Lydia Goldbelt and Julie Graham-Chang”. When she finished signing, she said “No, but I’d like you to!” 😉 We had a bit of a chuckle when she said that.

Next I went to Matt Phelan, the author of the GRAPHIC NOVEL “Around the World” (his take on Around the World in 80 Days) I told him that I loved “Around the world in 80 Days” and sometimes parents tell me that their kid doesn’t like to read. So, I recommend graphic novels and that his book would be good for advanced or older readers who don’t like to read.

When I was looking at a table of books, a nice lady asked me “Are you looking for books?” I nodded in reply. “Well, you look like you’d like this book.” It was called “Mogo, The Third Warthog” by Donna Jo Napoli. I looked at the woman. She had a name tag so I figured she is an author or an illustrator. Then I saw her name – Donna Jo Napoli! So, when she handed the book to me, I handed it back asking if she could sign it. She smiled and said “sure.” We got into a conversation about giraffes. She told me how she went to Africa, took a lot of photos, laid them out when she got back home, and for some reason she really liked the warthogs so she decided to write a book based on warthogs.

I wanted to meet some other authors and/or illustrators but it was getting late. We said ‘goodbye’ to all the AWESOME people who worked at Children’s Book World and left.

I give this event 10 out of 5 book worms! Keep looking for my reviews of these books! Now excuse me, I have a lot of reading to do!

P.S. I am still working out the Bad Kitty contest. I will post the details as soon as I have it worked out! 🙂

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11 replies

  1. Wow, Erik. That sounds like heaven! I get SO excited meeting authors and illustrators, too. For me, it’s like meeting rock stars. 🙂

    • I feel the exact same thing! It was heaven! :o|)…. ahhh…… I literallly am saying “books” in a hypnotizey voice! 😉 And by the way, YOU are one of those “rock stars” I’d like to meet!
      P.S. I don’t even like rock music though………… 😉

  2. Wow, how awesome! I would have loved to be there. Hopefully they invite me to be there in 2013!!!! It’s a 2-3 hour drive from here.

  3. What an awesome event! That’s so cool that you got to meet so many authors, and you sure do have a lot of reading to do 🙂 It’s so cool getting the chance to meet authors, and especially when over 30 authors and illustrators were there. Love reading your blog!

  4. Aw, thanks, Erik! I am hoping at some point soon to begin setting up book signings and school visits and such, so maybe we will get to meet someday!

    And Tara, I checked out your blog — what a GREAT idea! I love it! I’ve added it to my list of favorite kidlit blogs and will definitely be going back for ideas and inspiration. 🙂

  5. I didn’t realize you were a fellow Philadelphian 🙂

    It sounds like you had an amazing experience!


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