Thursday, April 14, 2011

Checking It Off the List...

Is there someone you have always wanted to meet? I am going to totally reveal my inner nerd by telling you mine would be the author of my favorite children's book, "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse". When I learned that Kevin Henkes was going to be at the small Barnes and Nobles in my suburb (and not the "mothership" store in Austin) I was beyond excited. The only problem? I found out about it the same day he was arriving, and I needed a ticket to attend. Tickets that were handed out during the hours that I was in the classroom. Probably reading Lilly out loud to rapt second graders. To the rescue: Loyal Sister who went to the Barnes and got me an "A" ticket. First in line position. Score!
I am Christmas-morning-with-a-new-bike-under-the-tree thrilled here. He gave a small talk, answered questions, autographed books and filled everyone there with The Happy.
But, wait! There's more! Today a fellow teacher and I took the afternoon off to visit the Texas Librarian's Association convention. We took the new train downtown and stepped into a wonderland of books, books, books.
And fringe personalities.
This is Mike Thaler, author of the Black Lagoon series. (Perfect second-grade friendly books.) Our students are going to be sooooooooo jealous in the morning. But they'll love the personalized autographs.

There you have it: my secret life with children's books. Life is good in the second grade.

(Thanks to librarian extraordinaire, Ms. G, for the tickets!)


Lynn said...

I love the title "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse", sound like a delightful story! I'm so glad you got to meet the author, lots of fun! Your sister is 'sister extraordinaire' for getting you the ticket:-)
I'll email you soon, going through a rough spot.

susan said...

so fun to see a wish come true. and can I say how much I love the shorter 'do'. your hair is adorable!

Sarah said...

I'm going to have to get Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse for Allyson.

Hey, I've tagged you for a meme called Why I Love Jesus. Visit my blog for the instructions:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Just popped in from Sarah's Blog to say Hello. She has posted a link to you.

God bless.

Anonymous said...

OH MY SOUL! I have been behind in my blog reading!! Love the short hair girl! And how fun to be around all those books filled with 32 pages of HAPPY!! sounds like a day so well spent!!!