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Instagramming ALA Annual 2013: Part II

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Heck of a way to start a post that promises images, huh? The reason is that Saturday began with my Caldecott Committee meeting. Mum’s the word on the whole process. I will say this: after some initial nerves, it was about as interesting and enjoyable a discussion as a picture book lover could have.

Next up: convention center. The exhibit hall, with publishers showing their new books, was gloriously overwhelming. Even some of the books themselves seemed overwhelmed:

Publishers always put little signs in their books to show awards and honors. I’ve never see as many as Press Here was sporting. And hey, a Cybils mention!

In the exhibits I ran into Eric Carpenter, a first grade teacher who you might recognize as a frequent (and incredibly sharp) commenter on the Heavy Medal blog, and SLJs Battle of the Kids Books. Side note: we sort of look like each other.

There were a few books that made me double take and this was one of them. Inside are comics devoted to different fun things that have been challenged by the public, like comic books and playgrounds. Definitely a unique take on nonfiction.

The good ol’ Hardy Boys are getting a reboot.

Let us end with this, the latest edition to David Macaulay’s wonderful How It Works series. As my wife, a second grade teacher, said “that book will be popular.” I second that.

Look for the third installment of ALA Instagramming coming soon.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Two books I absolutely can’t wait for – Bad For You and Macaulay’s Toilet – both will be hits with my boys.

  2. It was great seeing you in Chicago, Travis!!! Looking forward to hearing about nErDcamp Battle Creak!

  3. Allison says:

    Love this update. Also, forgot to say on your 1st installment that I got excited thinking about the Caldecott Committee meeting (or something). Thanks!

  4. Colby Sharp says:

    Someone needs to get Eric on Twitter.

  5. I first saw Eric at the preconference event on Friday, and I said, “are you Travis?” He said, “I get that a lot.”

    Then I saw him a lot that weekend, and yes, he is super sharp. And fun.