Librarians, publishers, and other book enthusiasts gathered in San Francisco June 25–30 for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference; in and around committee meetings, they met authors, editors, and other industry folks, and heard acceptance speeches from the winners of the annual Youth Media Awards.
Kwame Alexander signs copies of his Newbery Medal-winning book The Crossover.
KO Kids' Kathryn Otoshi, signs her new picture book, Beautiful Hands, for Little Pickle's Laura Mancuso, dressed in honor of San Francisco's Pride Parade, which coincided with this year's conference.
At the Chronicle party: Mac Barnett (l.) and Christian Robinson, author and illustrator of Leo: A Ghost Story, their forthcoming picture book.
A fan meets Raina Telgemeier (l.), illustrator of the graphic novel edition of Kristy’s Great Idea (Scholastic/Graphix), and Ann M. Martin, author of the Baby-sitters Club series.
Jazz hands! Brian Selznick talks with librarians about The Marvels (Scholastic Press).
Erin and Philip Stead with their new picture book, Lenny & Lucy (Roaring Brook/Porter).
Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, author of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, celebrating with librarians Allie Jane Bruce of Bank Street and Lisa Von Drasek of the Kerlan Collection at the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet.
Little, Brown's Andrew Smith imitates art at the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet, where each seat had a Beekle standee.
Jandy Nelson signs copies of her Printz Award-winning novel, I’ll Give You the Sun (Dial).
Ashley Bryan stopped by for Kekla Magoon’s signing for X: A Novel (Candlewick).
Incoming ALA president Sari Feldman with The Band’s Robbie Robertson and Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon speaking about their collaboration, Hiawatha and the Peacemaker (Abrams), at the ALA closing session, with more than 1000 people in attendance. Photo: American Library Association.
Cece Bell signs copies of her Newbery Honor-winning El Deafo (Abrams/Amulet).
All smiles at Macmillan's dessert party: Macmillan Young Readers Group president Jon Yaged, author Marissa Meyer, and Feiwel and Friends editor-in-chief Liz Szabla.
Simon & Schuster's Chrissy Noh proudly displays a stack of galleys, which likely didn’t last long.
Authors Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (The Smell of Other People’s Houses), and David Hofmeyr (Stone Rider).
Balloons a'popping at the Abrams booth, courtesy of author Mac Barnett and creative director Chad Beckerman.
Aisha Saeed signing her debut novel, Written in the Stars (Penguin/Paulsen).
"Give me five!" Mo Willems (l.) and Tony DiTerlizzi greeting a young fan in the signing line for their collaboration, The Story of Diva and Flea.
Caldecott Honor/Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Yuyi Morales with her editor, Neal Porter.
Sharon Draper with her Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her "significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens."
From left: Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Brian Selznick (The Marvels), and Dan Santat (The Adventures of Beekle).
The Family Romanov author Candace Fleming chats with a fan.
Patrick Ness entertaining the long line of librarians waiting for him to sign an ARC of his upcoming YA novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here (HarperTeen).
Editor Julie Strauss-Gabel and author Adam Gidwitz, in Penguin's booth for his Saturday morning signing.
Chieri Uegaki (l.) and Qin Leng signing Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award for Literature (Picture Book).
Christian Robinson and his “Nana,” who was the real-life inspiration behind the grandmother in Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by her grandson, and written by Matt de la Peña.
Cory Putman Oakes signing Dinosaur Boy, first in a new middle-grade series from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
All of the Coretta Scott King winners, holding up each other's books – not their own.
Jon J Muth (Zen Socks) and Peter Sís (Ice Cream Summer) chat during Scholastic’s picture book breakfast.
Cousins Mariko (l.) and Jillian Tamaki, signing their Caldecott Honor-winning graphic novel, This One Summer.
Agent Paul Rodeen with author-illustrator Lauren Castillo.
Authors and illustrators (from l.) Salina Yoon, Laura Zarrin, and Cindy Derby, at the Bloomsbury booth with Dennis (bottom l.), a character from Yoon’s forthcoming book Be a Friend.
Illustrator Jon Klassen signs copies of his picture book The Dark (Little, Brown), written by Lemony Snicket.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner Donald Crews (holding the black steam engine), with his Greenwillow Books Freight Train crew, including former publisher Susan Hirschman (red caboose), former art director Ava Weiss (black tender), publisher Virginia Duncan (orange tank car), daughters Nina Crews (yellow hopper) and Amy Crews (blue gondola), editor Martha Mihalick (green cattle car) and associate art director Sylvie Le Floc'h (purple box car).
Illustrator Mike Curato receives help signing books from a plush version of his creation, Little Elliot.
Illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi shares a laugh with librarians as she signs copies of her books and art prints.
Penguin had a giveaway of 300 signed copies of Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley for the opening night reception; all the copies disappeared within 15 minutes.
Kwame Alexander announcing his next picture book with NorthSouth Books, Surf's Up, on sale in February 2016: (from l.) Bill Richter, Ingram Publisher Services; Andrew Rushton, NorthSouth Books; Michelle Fisher, Ingram Publisher Services; Alexander; Beth Terrill, NorthSouth Books; and Heather Lennon, NorthSouth Books.
Author Kim Griswell meets a fan of her Rufus series (Sterling).
1999 Newbery Medalist Louis Sachar drew a long line for his signing.
Kelley Armstrong signs ARCs for The Unquiet Past (Orca).
Don’t worry, Mr. Handler, ALA Midwinter will be here before you know it.