Yowza! Has it really been two months since I last posted? Tsk, tsk on me. But then, I was up to my eyeballs with the Southwestern Connecticut (SWCT) Youth Book Expo we were co-hosting with the Shelton Libraries.
The event took place last Saturday at the Shelton Courtyard Marriott on Bridgeport Avenue. 24 very cool, very happening children’s book authors were there to greet attendees and autograph books: from the award-winning Leslie Connor (Waiting For Normal, Crunch, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel) to the hilarious Alan Katz (Take Me Out of the Bathtub, Where Did They Hide My Presents? etc.) and the ever eloquent Doe Boyle (Fun with the Family Connecticut, Coral Reef Hideaway, Otter on His Own), it was obvious from the get-go that they are all passionate about what they do and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Attendees were treated to demonstrations of cartoon illustrating by Jon Buller (Travels of Thelonious, Noisy Counting Book, etc.), a great story by Jana Laiz on the origin of her award-winning book, Weeping Under This Same Moon, and even a chance to cradle a hissing cockroach courtesy of our favorite local author Amanda Marrone (the Magic Repair Shop series, Devoured, Slayed, etc.).
Rounding out the excitement was beautiful face-painting by graphic artist JeriAnn Geller, Amber Alert by the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club, and amazing magic by Chilean magician Matias Letelier.
Major thanks go to our partners who made it all possible: the Shelton Courtyard Marriott, BIC Corporation, Newtown Savings Bank and R.D. Scinto, Inc. They share our belief on the importance of childhood literacy and quality literature.
With the introduction of gadgets and gizmos, literacy has taken a nosedive in recent years. Many youngsters already suffer from lack of social and communication skills, creativity, and individuality. It is more imperative now than ever for us to continue putting physical books in children’s hands. In a world of gadgets and all things electronic, our fear is that one day children will only know electronic books and worse, not know books at all! While we are not trying to curb technology from moving forward, we could at least spread the word that good ol’ fashion reading can co-exist with the latest and the greatest.
Thank you all who attended the worthwhile event. With any luck, we’ll be able to do it again next year! Woohoo!!!
Note: The event doubled as a fundraiser for the Shelton Library System.