NerdCampMI JR

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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.

Fun fact: my library asked me to read Kara LaReau‘s Bland Sisters, which I loved and interviewed her. From getting to know her, I found Jarrett Lerner and Debbie Michiko Florence.

My book pile has grown again, just in time for vacation.

I also met kid booktuber, Snazzy Reads, in person.  I like meeting kids like me who read and share about it. We just added a page to my blog to keep track of the “Cool Kids” I find out about.


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