Phew! and Jacqueline Woodson!!

Inspiration/motivation...My last visits were in Port Moody at Heritage Mountain Elementary yesterday. Beautiful school, with amazing bulletin board displays and attentive kids who were keen to participate.

K/1 project in progress

K/1 project in progress

Coffee break!

Coffee break!

Angie (librarian, resource teacher, track coach) who coordinated my visit, was incredibly organized, including offering the coffee break snack in the pic.

When I was finished, I had to bolt and drive into downtown Vancouver to return the rental car. Vancouver isn’t nearly as intimidating for driving as I expected, but of course I was going downtown while everybody else was leaving. I did have to spiral down underground 7 floors to return the car…

I’m renting an apartment for the weekend, and my childhood best friend, Brenda, is coming over from Calgary! It’s going to be sunny and 25 degrees, so who knows what we’ll get up to…

View from the apartment

View from the apartment

Last night I had dinner with some Vancouver children’s writers: Maggie de Vries, Carrie Mac, Stacey Mattson and Kali George – and then we went to hear Jacqueline Woodson (BROWN GIRL DREAMING) read/speak as organized by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable. She spoke about the necessity of kids’ books being both mirrors for kids, and also windows – they need to see themselves reflected, but also have an opportunity to see into worlds outside their experience. I chatted with her briefly after, and she signed my copy of BROWN GIRL DREAMING (which has three stickers on the cover – Newbery Honor Book, Coretta Scott King winner and National Book Award winner). P1000591She was super friendly, but tired from speaking to kids all day (uh-huh!), wanted to know my full name and graciously wrote: “So psyched for your words in the world!”

What a week! And so my first TD Book Week tour is officially over. I had no idea it would be so much fun! And I only got lost twice (ten minutes each time). But really it was all about the kids I met – some final words from one of them. Thanks for touring with me!




  9 comments for “Phew! and Jacqueline Woodson!!

  1. May 9, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I am so pleased, and a bit envious of your wonderful time. And you got to meet some of my writer friends from CWILL BC and Jacqueline Woodson! Bonus. Enjoy your down time with your friend. It has been fun following you.

    • May 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Hi, Darlene – thanks for touring along! Someone just told me they didn’t have any snow in Vancouver this past winter – too bad it’s so expensive, or I might have to consider moving here! But I suppose Spain’s pretty nice today, too:)

      • May 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

        25 years in Vancouver and we didn´t see much snow. After coming from Alberta, it was a treat! It´s been very nice in Spain and I don´t miss the rain (or snow). I will always miss Vancouver though.

  2. Vijaya
    May 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    What a trip!!!! And how amazing you got to meet JW. I loved her book and now that I consider myself a Carolinian, even prouder of her.

    • May 12, 2015 at 10:40 am

      You’re right, Vijaya. I’m back home today, and hoping to get a chance to re-read BROWN GIRL DREAMING someday soon.

  3. May 11, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Sounds wonderful! I’ve just finished listening to the audio version of Brown Girl Dreaming, beautifully read by Jacqueline—loved it!

    • May 12, 2015 at 10:41 am

      She’s so dynamic – I can totally hear her reading it; her voice would be perfect. Thanks for saying hi!

  4. Katie L. Carroll
    May 15, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Wow! Sounds like a whirlwind. It’s always amazing to meet a favorite author in person.

    • May 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Thanks for saying hi, Katie – one thing I love about getting older is being able to realize that everybody is just a person, after all – when I was younger I was always intimidated by “famous” people. She was super real and genuinely nice!

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