International Reading Association ~ Chicago!

Go to sleep.  Wake up.  Pinch self.  Indeed, self is awake.  Self is not dreaming.  Since self is not dreaming, self should pack self’s suitcase.

So, I left the farm in the rain…

And arrived in SUNNY Chicago!

The city was in full bloom…

The view from my hotel is a little different than the view from my kitchen window…

Saw this while riding the bus and it sort of reminded me of a little old book called “Holes”….

I got to meet my “shelf buddy”  Jacqueline Houtman… get it?  Houts… Houtman…. we’re on the bookstore and library shelves beside one another!  Check out her debut novel  “The Reinvention of Edison Thomas.”

Then, just because I got an award myself, I got to hang with some big-time stars!

Here is Kirby Larsen (Hattie Big Sky, Random House, 2007) with editor Stephanie Elliott.

And, me with Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me, and winner of this year’s Newbery Medal.

I didn’t actually get to “hang out” with Henry, but I did get a picture before his body guard told me to move on.  I resisted the urge to stick my thumb out and say, “Heeeeyyyyy!”

It was strange and exciting to see my name so many places…

And a little creepy to see my face so BIG…

I was lucky enough to get to share the special moment with new friends, teachers, and librarians from all over, and with some dear old friends, Judy, Paula, and Barb.

All too soon, I was in the air.  A quick 30 minutes later, I was landing in Fort Wayne.  But, oh, it’s going to take a little longer than that to get me down from Cloud Nine!

THANK YOU, International Reading Association, for selecting The Beef Princess of Practical County as a 2010 IRA Children’s Book Award Winner for Intermediate Fiction.  And, THANK YOU, Random House, for making it possible to be in Chicago to pick up the award in person.

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6 comments on “International Reading Association ~ Chicago!”

  1. Margo Thomas

    Hi Michelle,
    Enjoyed your photos – awesome! I’m so proud of you!

  2. Kathy Miller

    I am reading your book to one of our sixth grade classes at Urbana Local School and we are so excited for you. We have all loved the book and can’t wait to finish the last few chapters this week. Please write some more.

    Kathy Miller
    Urbana Local School

  3. Teresa Watkins

    Hey Michelle,

    Thanks so much for keeping us up to date on all of your activities. The pictures were wonderful. Congratulations on your award . . . I will bet that it will not be your last! What an exciting adventure!

    Teresa Watkins

  4. Beth Gress

    Michelle, what an awesome trip, and glad we got to go along with you via your blog. I, for one, can’t wait to read your NEXT book! (What will it be about, anyway?) Congratulations!

  5. Lori Murray

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so proud of you! Looks like you had a really nice trip, too! What a blast! Keep on climbing, girl!!

  6. Elaine Starinchak

    Michelle, I’ve been savoring these pictures. I loved how you set up your itinerary. First, you’re the prettiest author honored and one of the most gifted new writers to hit the book scene. Like, it’s about time!!!!
    I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am that others have discovered what I have known for a long time.
    With love

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