The wonderful people of NCTE2013

I spent the weekend before Thanksgiving in a whirlwind of books and readers and general awesomeness at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention in Boston. Here are some highlights.


A couple weeks before NCTE, I had this crazy idea. What if a whole bunch of us – authors and teachers and whoever else wants to come – made plans to go for a run/jog/walk together one morning? #RunNCTE (yes…it even spawned a hashtag) happened Saturday morning at the convention, with about two dozen enthusiastic morning fitness fans. Erin Dionne mapped out a route for us and gave directions before we took off.

Here’s Team-Bloomsbury after the run – from left to right, it’s Erin Soderberg, school/library marketing guru Beth Eller, and me.

After the run, I spent some time in the exhibit hall, ogling new books and saying hello to some fellow book people like Wendy Mass…

…and Brian Floca, who illustrates the MARTY MCGUIRE books!

On Sunday, I took part in two panels – one with my Teachers Write summer writing camp friends Brian Wyzlic, Jennifer Vincent, Jo Knowles, and Gae Polisner!

My other panel was with more talented writers & artists – Matt Phelan, Linda Urban, and Loree Griffin Burns. Here’s Linda showing us some pages in her notebook.

After our panel, I signed books at the Bloomsbury Booth. Can you spot WAKE UP MISSING on the banner?

Many thanks to my fellow panelists and to the teacher-readers who made NCTE 2013 such an amazing experience!

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