I am honored to have served as the President of the Tennessee Association of School Librarians for 2016. Doing so has provided opportunities to travel to state and national conferences, meet the giants of the library world (Joyce Valenza, Shannon Miller, Mr. Schu, etc.), and connect with some of our favorite authors! At this year’s TASL Conference in Murfreesboro, I met and/or reconnected with some of the coolest people. Here they are…
Aaron Reynolds, author of Creepy Carrots and so much more… Before publishing his 36 books, he received 370 rejection letters. Thank you for not giving up!
Alan Gratz, VSBA Award Winner for Prisoner-B-3087 and a native Tennessean.
Author M. Tara Crowl, author of Eden’s Wish and Eden’s Escape . Tara is also a Murfreesboro, TN native, and the sweetest soul you will ever meet! I’d like to say we are friends now.
Ruta Sepetys, VSBA winner for Between Shades of Gray. Her other books include Out of the Easy and Salt to the Sea. I will read every book she ever writes! Did I mention she lives in Tennessee as well?
Librarian Shannon McClintock Miller, former librarian at the VanMeter School in VanMeter, Iowa. What an inspiration to let our students have a voice.
The other COOL people I met included the Tiny Little Librarian Tiffany Whitehead, author Jessica Young, author S.R. Johannes, and librarian Elissa Malespina.
I wish I could have had each of you with meet to meet these amazing people of our literary and library worlds!