Sunday, August 16, 2009

Guess WHAT!

I've mentioned that we love living in the Northeast/MidAtlantic, right? Maybe once or twice?

And I've mentioned that part of it is being close to so many cool cities, right?

Perhaps I've mentioned how we can get up and get to DC by breakfast time?

Well, in one month, guess what we're going to do!

Here's a big hint--we're meeting these children authors:

Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, authors of The Spiderwick Chronicles
Kate DiCamillo, author of The Tale of Despereaux and Edward Tulane
Shannon Hale, author of The Princess Academy
Lois Lowry, author of The Giver and Number the Stars
Jon Scieszka, author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Ted and The Time Warp Trio Series
David Shannon, author of No, David!
Mo Willems, author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, and The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog

And these teen authors:

Judy Blume
Paula Deen
Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
Kadir Nelson, who has written various books about Jackie Robinson and Harriet Tubman
James Patterson (yes, he's writing young adult books now)
Sharon Robinson, author and daughter of Jackie Robinson

And these fiction and fantasy authors:

John Grisham
John Irving (A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Cider House Rules)
Jodi Picoult
Nicholas Sparks
Jeannette Walls (The Glass Castle)
David Wroblewski (The Story of Edgar Sawtelle)

And these mystery/thriller authors:

David Baldacci
Mary Jane Clark
Michael Connelley
James Patterson (this category, too)
Daniel Silva

And these history and biography authors:

Ken Burns (yes, the Civil War documentary guy)
Gwen Ifill
SUE MONK KIDD (I'm pretty excited about this one)
John Meacham
Rickey Minor (yes, of Idol fame)
Ann Kidd Taylor
David A. Taylor

And these poets:

Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran)
Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate

and many more as well as several illustrators, too!

We are spending the next month getting geared up and ready. We're incorporating this awesome trip into our schooling. We're making posterboards about each author we're excited to meet, reading their books, and collecting them to take them down to get autographed. I AM SO SO SO EXCITED! D.C., here we come!


the emily said...

SOOO cool. That would be loads of fun! I would be most excited about Mo Willems and Ken Burns. AWESOME.

J Fo said...! (Am I a UT girl or what?!) That is AMAZING!!! I am so jealous! Those are BIG names. I can't believe that you get to meet them. Wow. Double wow. No fair!

Boquinha said...

You are both VERY welcome to join us. In fact, please do! We can do the Smithsonian, too. :)

Tara said...

I want to go! I'll even do the prep work - I love making posters (as my kids will attest to) and I enjoy book reports. Too much fun. I am green with envy.

Doug said...

As you prepare for your trip, I suggest Mo Willems' The Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.

It might be my favorite kids book since Arnie the Doughnut and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

Jagged Rocks said...

That sounds so fun!! You will get to meet a few of my favorite authors!

terahreu said...

I am SO jealous! All of those names are awesome! I cannot wait to hear how it goes with each one. What are they like? You must tell me, I will be waiting....

bythelbs said...

VERY cool.

Chelle said...

I can't wait to hear about this experience. So fun!!

Boquinha said...

Thanks, Doug! I hadn't heard of that one. I've ordered it from the library and it's already been shipped. Have you guys read Knuffle Bunny? We love that one, too.

Kim, really? I want to hear specifics from you guys. If you were to go, whose signed book would you want--what author, what book?

Terah, we totally will! WITH pictures!

I kid you not, you guys. Anyone who wants to join us, speak up. We'd love to have you. What an adventure!

Robynne said...

That's so awesome Stacy, I can't wait to hear all about it!!!!