I am lucky to live about 90 minutes from where NerdCampMI happens. This year, I was able to attend the Junior event. My group got to meet Jarrett Lerner, Janet Tashjian and Hena Khan. Plus we heard Dav Pilkey and watched a draw off with Jerzy Drozd, Ruth McNally Barshaw, Judd Winnick and Travis Jonker.
The best part is meeting the authors and illustrators! I get nervous but it is my favorite part. Plus sometimes they recognize me first! You should attend these events because there are a lot of fun authors. A lot of the kids were super excited for Dav Pilkey and that is cool to see. I am not a huge fan of him but I was excited to hear from an author open about his ADHD. Yea – that is important for kids to hear especially kids with ADHD (like me). Meeting authors makes books more real – you can learn more about how they got their stories together and even more fun, they introduce you to other authors.
My book pile has grown again, just in time for vacation.