Okay, so we were there only one day (Thursday) and spent only one afternoon on the floor, where Cyn had a signing at the Candlewick booth (see the empty floor display), but there's still something exhilarating about librarian (and teacher and writer) conferences.
Candlewick sponsored the trip (thanks, guys!) and put us up at the Hyatt Regency downtown (sadly, the Spindletop rooftop spinning restaurant is still closed after damage from Hurricane Ike).
Author-illustrator floor conversation sightings included Don Tate, Brian Anderson, Jennifer Ziegler, Elaine Scott, Varian Johnson, Janet Fox, Margo Rabb (see photo of her and her stars), Wendy Lichtman, Jessica Lee Anderson, Melanie Chrismer, Debbie Leland, and Mary Wade.
At the joint publisher party Thursday night (thanks to the sponsoring publishers!), we had the chance to chat with a host of terrific Texas librarians. Drive-by sightings included authors Justina Chen Headley, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, and Toni Buzzeo.
Dinner Thursday was a Candlewick "family" dinner at The Grove, with illustrators Randy Cecil and Matthew Reinhart, editor Jennifer Yoon, and the most excellent Sharon Hancock and Jenny Choy.
See y'all next year!