Friday, July 19, 2013

You'd Be Surprised How Much I Can Cram into 14 Minutes

I spent Thursday and Friday at the Provo Library attending BYU's Symposium on Books for Young Readers.  Karen Cushman, Jennifer Nielson, Steve Jenkins, Erin and Philip Stead, Sara Pennypacker and Tony DiTerlizzi all gave thoughtful and entertaining presentations.  (I'm still thinking about the importance of teaching kids to love writing and the magic of page turns.)

This year I was thrilled to be part of the Spotlight on Books and to be able to talk about some of my favorite books from the past year.  Unfortunately, I couldn't talk about all my favorite new books because I had only 14 minutes to present, and while I talk quickly, I can't talk that quickly.  Besides, some of the books I would have loved to include were already spoken for by one of the other three presenters.  Having said that, here is my list of 14 fantastic books along with links to brief booktalks.

Barbara DaCosta
Ed Young
Eva Moore
Nancy Carpenter
Julie Middleton
Russell Ayto
Paul Schmid
ill. by author
Jennifer Berne
Vladimir Radunsky
Kevin Henkes
ill. by author
Frank Viva
ill. by author
J. Patrick Lewis (compiler)

Margi Preus

Grace Lin
 ill. by author

Sage Blackwood
tara's post
Amy Timberlake

Adina Rishe Gewirtz

  Martin W. Sandler


  1. Once again, you did a fantastic and alluring job, Danyelle. You have convinced me to get THE IMPOSSIBLE RESCUE and ZEBRA FOREST. Two books which have been on and off my to-buy list for months. Also, ONE CAME HOME = a favorite of the year.

    1. Thanks, DaNae. I had so much fun putting this together, and it was great to see you again.

  2. You did a great job! I love your fantastic recommendations and still have a few on the list I need to read. I am excited to pick up Zebra Forest and Starry River of the Sky - they have been on my list since they came out.

    The symposium was so interesting and fun - I can't wait for next year!

  3. You were amazing!!! I was so impressed. You were also inspiring; I just ordered Jinx!

  4. And what a fine job you did! Could have listened to you all day!

  5. Thanks, everyone. I can hardly wait for next year.

  6. I can't believe how wonderful your presentation was. My friend and I couldn't stop talking about how amazing you were. And you had it all memorized, correct? It was delightful to hear. Thanks for all the great recommendations!