I attended the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Chicago from last Thrusday through this Sunday and I had the time of my life! I had no idea what to expect when attending but I ended up geeking out like an awkward fangirl for the majority of the conference. Why was I geeking out? I got to hear/meet/see so many awesome authors!
On Thursday at the Secondary Section kick off I heard Chris Crutcher (Whale Talk) speak!
I stood in line for 20 minutes to get a copy of Paper Towns by John Green signed! He was just as quirky and funny in person as I’ve seen on his YouTube videos and heard about! I also saw him speak about using Chicago as a backdrop for at least one of his books.
I saw David Levithan speak twice- once also about using Chicago in his books and once about censorship. I haven’t read anything by him, but my interest is definitely piqued now!
Walter Dean Myers (Monster) was signing books, but unfortunately I had a session to get to. I did see him though!
Katherine Paterson (author of Bridge to Teribethia) and Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak) were also on the panel discussion censorship and were extremely interesting!
And here, is a picture of me meeting Angela Johnson (The First Part Last) and Sharon Draper (Battle of Jericho). Both ladies were super nice and took at least a minute to listen to me tell them just a few things about my students. I had Draper sign a copy of Battle of Jericho to my students because we just finished reading it in our “book club.” They thought it was pretty cool when I showed them!
I came away with approximately 30 books- most of which I got for free and which are ARCs. So keep your eye peeled here for upcoming reviews! If anyone teaches English and is on the fence about attending the conference next year you should go! I learned so much, got tons of free books, met lots of authors and generally enjoyed myself! And, if those aren’t reason enough- it’s in Las Vegas next November!
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