A highlight of my year is attending the American Library Association Youth Media Awards announcements ceremony on the Monday morning of the Midwinter. You can read about some experiences here and here. Sitting in the auditorium while the awards are announced and being surrounded by book-ish people cheering for the winners is affirming and hope-filled. Realizing that your own voice is part of a greater cacophony of book love is thrilling and energizing.
This year, I experienced something different and pretty cool. This year, I had some added excitement as a member of the Schneider Family Book Award Jury. Here's a look at what was a memorable weekend of thought-provoking conversations, thoughtful decisions, and book-ish celebrations.
When not engaged in all things book-ish, Atlanta had a lot to offer, including marching with the incredible John Lewis!