One of the nice things about going to ALA is the exhibits. Oh, yes, there are the free books and other fun stuff (best book promo: the nail file for Beauty Shop for Rent)
But, the other cool thing is to meet with and talk with the publishers. I had the chance to chat with the folks from Lee & Low Books, who I love because they have great books and an amazing website. I stopped by while W. Nikola-Lisa was signing books; among others, he wrote How We Are Smart. How We Are Smart is a great book and is my review is in my draft pile.* While I promise "longer review later," it's a look at the many ways people are "smart", from dance to math, art to science.
Most exciting thing? Finding out about an upcoming picture book about Duke Kahanamoku. Those who don't know me are now saying, Liz B. surfs? No. Hardly. But my brother in law does, so I have a bit of knowledge about the sport and its history.
*Oh, for those of you wondering how I will solve the reviewing problem during my Printz year? I figure going thru my backlog of posts alone will cover 2008; not to mention, I can blog about books from other years, as well as books that aren't eligible for the Printz.