Had the delightful privilege of going to San Francisco with one of my mega talented continuing students to a Bay Area Bookies meeting of amazing children's book authors and illustrators. Here's a group photo that Ashley Wolff of Miss Bindergarten and a squillion other beautiful books took. It was so wonderful being among my kin and sharing ideas, projects, art, and love. I was in piglet heaven.
From the littlest heads in the back left to right Katherine Tillotson (It's Picture Day Today! , When the Library Lights Go Out, Penguin and Little Blue, Songs of Papa's Island), Marissa Moss (Amelia's Itchy-Twitchy, Lovey-Dovey Summer at Camp Mosquito, Amelia's Notebook, Hannah's Journal: The Story of an Immigrant Girl, Amelia's Guide to Gossip: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The Pharaoh's Secret, Hannah's Journal: The Story of an Immigrant Girl and many more) Sharon Levin kid's book reviewer, Elissa Guest (lots of books - click link), Sarah Kline does great books with her sister, Jane Wattenberg, (it got to be too much work linking to all the books so am just linking to their book pages, sorry), next row left to right Susan Myers, Elisa Kleven, me looking VERY happy, Wendy Lichtman, Julie Downing, Lissa Rovetch. Bottom row left to right Bev Gherman, Jim Averbeck, Kristen Schwartz (up and coming author/illustrator), Maria Van Lieshout (and baby), Ashley Wolff (who hosted the party in her fabulous Bernal Heights home - when I have time will show pics), and Bob Barner. Just checked Ashley's link and they include Ashley Olson groan but they also include many of her books. You can also always just copy and paste their names into a browser, remove any spaces, and put .com at the end to see their websites (a couple of which I designed long ago and now need updating.
OK I can't resist. Here are a few. The last ones show the "show and tell" we all did of recent and forthcoming projects. Having all given many school presentations, even the introverts did great. It really was a blissful day and quintessentially San Franciscan.