Monday, March 26, 2012

Georgia Children's Literature Conference

 I had the great pleasure of speaking at the 43rd Annual Georgia Children's Literature Conference in Athens, Georgia, this past weekend.

Nothing is more fun for a children's author than to be surrounded by others who share the same passion: children's literature.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, what better way to share my experience there than through pictures?
It was great to arrive at the beautiful University of Georgia in Athens.

Some of the members of the Southern Breeze chapter of SCBWI were kind enough to host a wonderful dinner for me when I arrived in Athens. Lots of fun discussion about writing for children.

Author Donny Bailey Seagraves (right) arranged the dinner and was a terrific hostess.

The next morning I took a peek into the room where I would be speaking. Note to self: Don't do that.

With Jody Feldman, the winner of the Georgia Children's Book Award for her terrific book, The Gollywhopper Games
With Meghan McCarthy, winner of the Georgia Children's Picture Book Award for her adorable book, Aliens Are Coming
With Carol Boston Weatherford, the author of many amazing books for young readers, including Moses and Becoming Billy Holliday
With illustrator, Mike Wimmer, whose books include Flight and All the Places to Love
We signed and signed.

I even signed a copy of How to Steal a Dog that had been enjoyed by a dog.

We signed some more.

What a great time!
With the amazing Alyssa Hesselroth, conference coordinator. Thank you, Alyssa (and Tyler) for taking such good care of me and getting me to the airport on time.

And what would that conference have been without Jaye Thiel??!! Jaye, you are da bomb!

 Special thanks to Alyssa Hesselroth, Jaye Thiel, and Joel Taxel for making this such a wonderful experience.

P.S. More great pics coming thanks to the amazing students of Freedom to Grow UNschool


Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Oh, I love seeing you in action, Barbara! Great pictures and I wish I could have heard you speak!

Sharon Creech said...

Wow, that sounds like a great conference - and thanks so much for the pics!!

Jennifer Alden said...


Thanks for posting these awesome pictures of the 2012 UGA Children's Literature Conference! I really enjoyed your presentation, and I'm so excited that I had the opportunity to have my picture taken with you at the author signing! You were so gracious to do all that signing! I hope you will make a return trip to Georgia again in the future!

Barbara O'Connor said...

Thank you, Jennifer.

Anonymous said...

Looks like it was a great conference. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Jim Randolph said...

Thanks for coming! We loved having you. And thanks for the greeting you let me film for our students at Partee ("Par-ty!").


Barbara O'Connor said...

Thanks, Jim. PAR-TEE!

lewisgrade5 said...

Hi Barbara, thanks so much for coming to Georgia! I enjoyed hearing you speak. You signed Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia for my daughter's birthday. She read it in one day and loved it!

Barbara O'Connor said...

Glad your daughter loved it.

Meghan McCarthy said...

Wow... I love that book eaten by a dog!

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