Day 4 in Denver – #alamw18

11 Feb

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Sunday morning, I was up early for the MacMillan Children’s “Rise and Shine Breakfast. I had to leave a before the presentations ended, for my final Sibert meeting.

This meeting was fun. We divvied up the books and wrote the text for tomorrow’s announcement and the press release.  The criteria are tight. The winner of the award gets 50 words for the description of the book, 25 words to quote content or comments and another 50 words for the author and/or illustrator bio(s). Honor books get even less: a 50 word description of the book and a mere 20 words for authors and illustrators. It was fun, intense work.

Once each group finished, we read aloud what we’d written. And then we placed medals on the books that will appear in the YMA presentation. It felt like a coronation.

I spent some time in the exhibit hall later and shipped home some books. Then, I went back to my hotel for a nap. I can’t tell you how exhausting the process has been. It has been wonderful, but I am pooped.

We reconvened Sunday evening to call the winners. Let me just say, there were tears and cheers, from all of us and on the other end of the phone.

You can watch the presentation live here at 8 a.m (Mountain Time)

 

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4 Responses to “Day 4 in Denver – #alamw18”

  1. sallydonnelly11 February 12, 2018 at 3:27 am #

    Thanks for blogging!!
    I can’t wait to share your reflections with my students today.
    Then during 3rd Mod and LUNCH, we will be watching the live stream from VA!!
    Thanks for your hard work!! Congrats on completing your committee work!

    • Adrienne February 12, 2018 at 4:22 am #

      I look forward to hearing your students’ reactions.

  2. jenbryantauthor February 12, 2018 at 5:24 am #

    It’s been a lot of fun to read your posts. I can imagine you are exhausted! I didn’t have a book out in 2017, so it’s been relaxing to be on the sidelines and cheer for the titles of friends and colleagues. Looking forward to watching and listening to the results this morning–thanks so much for all of your long hours, early risings and very hard work!

  3. sallydonnelly11 February 12, 2018 at 8:05 am #

    My students and I in VA just watched the live stream. We loved your picks and saw your name! We love that Grand Canyon won both awards! Thanks for sharing your committee experience with us. Stay in touch!!

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