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Instagramming ALA 2019: Part II

After experiencing an early victory (click here to read Part I), everything else is gravy. What follows are details about that gravy.

Here I am at The Yarn HQ. My first full day of conferencing was pretty Yarn-centric. As you saw in the last post, the day began with Dave Eggers. Following Dave was:

Yep, Mitali Perkins. We talked about her upcoming picture book Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border. I first met Mitali a bunch of years ago at ALA, so it was great to talk with her again.

After Mitali, I talked with:

Oge Mora, who you know from her 2019 Caldecott Honor-winning book, Thank You, Omu! What is it like to receive Caldecott attention for your debut? We talked about that and a bunch more.

Then I made a quick stop at the tweet wall . . .

. . . and continued on to interview Grace Lin, the last chat in a day that was an embarrassment of interview riches.

Grace and I talked about A Big Mooncake for Little Star. She shared how much the book was inspired by her family. After the interview, we chatted about her podcast, Kidlitwomen.

There’s something I forgot to do after our interview: take a picture. I’ll do better next time.

And speaking of Next Time, check back tomorrow for Part III.

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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.