Anita Lobel was great and glamorous for her Zena Sutherland Lecture last Friday night in Chicago, and we will be bringing you that speech in an upcoming issue. Thank goodness for our full-color printing as Anita Lobel paints the most beautiful colors I know and Lolly should be in pig(ment) heaven choosing illustrations. Thanks again to Greenwillow Books for supporting Anita's appearance in Chicago and to executive editor Steve Geck for coming along. And don't miss next year's lecture on May 6th, 2011, at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, where the lecturer will be Mo Willems.
I see from blog-browsing and from Twitter that Jennifer Armstrong's children's-book-based argument for vegetarianism is getting a lot of response; The Tea Cozy has rounded some of them up. Thanks, Liz! I'm hoping that we can soon swipe some technological expertise from our new sister and make it possible for people to comment right where the article lives.
Now I'm deeply into planning the July awards issue (I think you all are going to love it), BEA (where I'll be moderating a panel for SLJ's Day of Dialog) and ALA, for which I'm currently lining up the Live Five interviews--Jerry Pinkney, Rebecca Stead and Libba Bray are already scheduled. More to come.