CLN’s Books for Breakfast and the Funny Things Children’s Writers Say

Saturday was the Children’s Literature Network’s annual Books for Breakfast event. It was a blast! Here’s a very brief slideshow to give you a taste of what it was like: pictures, laughter, door prizes, food, goody bags, a contest, authors, illustrators, and–most of all–books. Wonderful books!

Twenty-five writers and artists had two minutes each to share with 250 teachers and librarians what they’ve been up to. Here are a few of my favorite comments from the booktalks.

  • I thought, if Taylor can do it, I can do it. Then I remembered I made Taylor up.
  • And I tell those kids, “Just sit down!”
  • On the Day You Were Born can now legally order a drink.
  • That’s the perfect cow for Moo!
  • And when you share animal stories, it will be all happy until someone mentions their pet who has died.
  • There’s a really, really, really cute little boy on the cover of my book. That’s me!
  • Perfect Square is a celebration of brokenness.
  • We talked about driving down from Duluth together this year. We didn’t do that. (Pause.) We did drink together, though.
  • The kids know me best for playing music and singing the poop song.
  • I’m Catherine Clark, and I approved this message.

I feel so lucky to be part of this event that CLN puts on. It’s really a gift to everyone who attends, and I can’t even imagine the hundreds of manhours that go into making it happen. Thanks, CLN, and thank you to all the fantastic book people here in Minnesota. I’m happy to be part of the crowd.

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