International Reading Association Conference in Chicago

Shannon Hale, Peter Reynolds and Jane Yolen at the 

International Reading Association Conference

Wow! We just had an awesome four days at the International Reading Association Conference in Chicago. These people are PASSIONATE about literacy!!


As the conference “video hosts,” Kenny and I ran around talking to attendees, exhibitors and…authors. If you read last week’s eZine, you know I was on a mission to meet two of my

favorite authors, Shannon Hale and Jane Yolen. 

Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen


Well…not only did I get to meet them, I had a chance to interview them. They were both incredibly sweet, gracious and funny. When I asked Jane Yolen if she minded me referring to her as the “Queen of Children’s Literature” (the woman has written over 300 books), she said (with a wink) that she usually preferred diva or goddess, but queen would be fine. 

Shannon Hale
Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale is also a hoot. I was excited to get an autographed, Advanced Reader’s Copy of her newest book Palace of Stone, the sequel to her Newberry Honor book, Princess Academy. 


We also had a chance to interview Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Esther Hershenhorn, Lisa Schroeder and Peter Reynolds. We’ll be putting all of these interviews on our blog over the next few weeks, I had to post Peter Reynolds’ interview here because he talks about the importance of creativity and literacy! Two of my favorite subjects. 


Interview with Peter Reynolds
Interview with Peter Reynolds


Peter is the author/illustrator of Ish and The Dot (among others) and the illustrator of the Judy Moody series. 


And speaking of creativity and literacy, make sure you save the date for our upcoming Summer Reading Program Webinar. For even more ideas, make sure you download our 

Top 10 List of WACKY Ways to Get Kids Reading! 


Okay, I’m off to find some deep dish Chicago pizza.


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