Here’s an open invitation from author Alma Flor Ada, who would love to meet up with you at ALA, if you are attending. She will be at a number of events so be sure to catch her:
~ Charlesbrige Booth #1908
Signing her new book Yes! We Are Latinos, co-authored with F. Isabel Campoy and illustrated by David Diaz.
2:00 -3:00 pm
~ Lee & Low Booth #2305
signing her book ¡Quiero Ayudar!/Let me Help!, illustrated by Angela Domínguez.
Sunday, June 30
1:00 -2:00 pm – Book Buzz Theater (see all the Book Buzz Theater events here)
~ Room S104A McCormick Place, Convention Center
“Roots and Wings: Books for the Spanish/Bilingual and Latino Interest Reader” – Isabel Campoy will also be on the panel.
Poetry Blast at the Top Stage, Exhibit Floor
Alma and Isabel will be sharing extracts from Yes! We Are Latinos, followed by a book-signing session.
For anyone interested in diversity in children’s books, as well as the Diversity and Outreach Fair, a “must” session will be this one led by Lee & Low and Cinco Puntos Press – no doubt it will build on the recent on-line discussion following Lee & Low’s blog post “Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?” I wish I could be there!
This year’s ALA Conference is the 120th – and it also marks the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott medal: so two great milestones! And with their finger on the button, as ever, this year’s theme is “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves.” No doubt there will be some lively and informative discussions. You can see some suggested highlights here, or look through the whole, immense program here.