We had a great time with the librarians last week at the American Association of School Librarians conference in Minneapolis, MN. Always great to be in the Twin Cities, a place where books and reading just seem to be at the very center of the town’s spirit. Between the many, still thriving independent bookstores, the beautiful public libraries and the many, many local enthusiastic librarians we were lucky to meet and talk with about the books we are most excited about!

From the first minutes that the exhibits opened, there was excitment about the titles on display. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was still a hit- as were the upcoming novel just in the time for the 100th Anniversary of The Titanic, The Dressmaker , the haunting story about the end-of the-world, Ashes and the eagerly anticipated new Flavia de Luce mystery, I am Half-Sick of Shadows.

We also saw many, many Sailor Moon posters disappear, and a lot of appreciation for Children of the World, a book that celebrates children from different countries, with pictures, and poetry written by the children of these countries.

And of course, it would not be a conference without the wonderful authors that we work with that make our jobs as wonderful as they are-

We were happy to welcome to the Random House booth- Catherine Clark the author of a perfectly titled book for the upcoming year, How Not to Run For President(perfect for reluctant readers). We also had the opportunity to meet Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss, authors of Bugs by the Numbers-a beautiful book that teaches you more about bugs than you ever wanted to know in the most beautiful format imaginable! (this book received many oohs and ahhs) Lastly we were happy to have Rosalyn Schanzer, Witches the Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem.

Let us know if you were at AASL and what books you were most excited about. or if you have any questions about any of the titles mentioned above

How Not to Run for President

AASL, 2011…A great time in the Twin Cities!

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