Just as the ABA's Children’s Institute was drawing to a close, another horde of book lovers descended upon Orlando: librarians! The summer celebration of books, authors, awards, and “Metadata Madness” (as one educational session was called) is documented below in full-color.
The doors open, and it’s a mad dash to the maze of publishers’ booths for galleys and signings!
Matt de la Peña, this year’s Newbery Medalist, and Christian Robinson, who received a Caldecott Honor, signed copies of their heavily-medaled picture book Last Stop on Market Street in the Penguin Random House booth.
(From l.) Dan Santat, Sophie Blackall, and Jerry Pinkney: Caldecott medalists past and present.
Librarians learn computer coding with DK’s new series of nonfiction titles.
(From l.) Illustrators Javaka Steptoe and Yuyi Morales, and Little, Brown’s Victoria Stapleton manage to stay cool in the Florida humidity.
Author Cece Bell (center) meets librarians as she signs in the Candlewick booth.
Author Jay Asher talks with librarians at YALSA’s Coffee Klatsch event.
Sophie Blackall signs copies of her Caldecott-winning picture book Finding Winnie (Little, Brown).
Kevin Henkes receives his Caldecott Honor for Waiting (Greenwillow).
Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and his daughter meet Newbery Honor author Pam Muñoz Ryan in the Scholastic booth.
(From l.) Razorbill publisher Ben Schrank chats with authors Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han.
At the awards ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award, Angela Dominguez holds her 2016 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor award for Mango, Abuela, and Me.
Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds, authors of All American Boys (Atheneum/Dlouhy), at the Coretta Scott King Awards presentation.
Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie sign Freedom in Congo Square (little bee).
Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen sign copies of Pax (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray).
The 2016 Sibert medal and honor recipients celebrate at a joint publisher lunch.
Author Tim Federle signed plenty of copies of his first YA novel, The Great American Whatever (S&S).
(From l.) Sona Caraipotra and Dhonielle Clayton sign their latest collaboration, Shiny Broken Pieces (HarperTeen).
John Schumacher, ambassador for school libraries at Scholastic, meets his cardboard dopplegänger.
Debut author and Orlando native Robert Imfeld (A Guide to the Other Side, S&S/Aladdin) bumped into his former middle school librarian while at last week’s ALA conference in Orlando. After reminiscing, Imfeld signed copies of his book for Carol Curley, who still works at St. John Vianney Catholic School in Orlando, as well as for some of his teachers who also attended ALA.
Plenty of friends new and old joined up for ALA. Here, poet Lee Bennett Hopkins (c.) with librarians (from l.) Cynthia Alaniz, Alyson Beecher, Sylvia Tag, and Nancy Johnson. Until Midwinter!