Sunday, November 10, 2013

2013 UCONN Children's Book Fair

2013 UCONN Children's Book Fair
We had a great time at the Children's Book Fair this weekend! It was cool to see everyone so excited about books and fascinating to learn about some amazing authors and illustrators. It's always interesting to discover the inspiration behind stories that we love. This week our theme has been inner strength, and it made us think about what stories have made us a little stronger. Today, we'd love to hear from you!

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What story has inspired inner strength for you?

 Here are a few highlights from UCONN Children's Book Fair...

Children's Authors Stephanie Robinson & Ann Martin
It was awesome for the chance to chat with Ann Martin, author of The Baby-sitters Club, and many other stories. Lizzy reviewed her novel Belle Teal, and we were lucky enough for the chance to interview Ms. Martin. If you enjoy her books, you're in luck! We're giving away a signed copy of Belle Teal to thank our readers for stopping by. : )

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The campus was buzzing with creativity and the quiet energy only a room full of books can bring. We saw many new titles that we can't wait to read, and our TBR list grew exponentially!

Children's Authors, Stephanie Robinson & Tui Sutherland

We met with Tui Sutherland, author of the middle grade series Wings of Fire and other children's stories. After listening to Ms. Sutherland talk about the inspirations behind her fantasy stories, we are excited to read her books. If you like stories about dragons and other fantastical creatures, this author is for you!

Book bought: The Menagerie 
Children's Authors Stephanie Robinson, Phoebe Stone, and Jessica Haight

One of the highlights of the day was listening to Phoebe Stone talk about her stories, and how she experienced many of the events that she describes in her books. The tales of her family's travels from England to America during the war really set the scene and held the audience captivated. It was fascinating to learn about her poet parents, and hear a few excerpts from her books. Ms. Stone was an amazing reader, and we can't wait to dive into one of her stories soon.

Book bought: Romeo Blue 

Children's Authors Stephanie Robinson & Nick Bruel

We also had the pleasure of chatting with Nick Bruel, author of the Bad Kitty Books. This author and illustrator is such a cool character, and we enjoyed watching him change Bad Kitty's mood right before our eyes. These books are really fun, and we're looking forward to checking out these colorful stories.

Book bought: Bad Kitty 

Children's Illustrators Jessica Haight & Jonathan Bean

One book we're really looking forward to reading is Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls. This story is part of a series. What drew us to the table was the cover. It's fabulous, and it was really cool to meet the illustrator, Jonathan Bean. The pictures throughout are amazing and they add that brilliant touch of magic that just makes you want to read the book!

Book bought:
Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls

A great time was had by all, and we look forward to attending the Children's Book Fair next year!
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  1. Looks like a wonderful event! Glad you had a good time. :) Thanks for sharing the fun with us!

  2. Sounds like such a great event... I love book fairs and attend as many as I can. Lucky you.

  3. Looks like it was a really fun event. Thanks for sharing pictures. It's always nice to see you, Stephanie and Jess. :)

  4. This looks like you had such a wonderful time. I think I will have to make it a point to go next year. Glad you bought Romeo Blue, a personal favorite of mind. But, of course, the other books look great, too. And thanks for including so many photos. They always add so much.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful event and one I would have loved to attend. I don't know about inspiring inner strength but one of the most inspirational books I have ever read is The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom.

  6. All the pics are great - it looks like you had so much fun! I have to admit I'm curious about the sign in the first pic. They'll give you help at the book fair for on ly a nickel? That sounds like a good deal to me! lol
    Wishing Ann much success with her lovely book. :-)

  7. What fun! It's like a mini BEA! Plus you got to mingle with some really cool authors and they got to mingle with you!

  8. This sounds like it was so much fun! I'm glad you guys had such a great time. All these books sound amazing -- especially Belle Teal and Wings of Fire! Thank you for the giveaway and the fantastic post! *hugs*

    ~Michele & Katertot @ A Belle's Tales

    1. Oh, and the story that inspired both of us is Divergent by Veronica Roth -- the motto of that whole series is "Be Brave."

  9. looks and sounds like an awesome event! great people & info & esp books! im jealous! we nd more book events in my area!

  10. Love this post :D Thank you for sharing. <3 I'm glad you had a great time :) Jealous. I would love to meet lots of authors and go to events like these. <3 I.. uhm.. am not sure if any books have inspired me (A) but oh, I love Graceling so much. It might have made me learn to be happy about the way I am. Thank you for the giveaway and the post. <3

  11. We'd like to thank everyone for stopping by to check out the book fair. It's always a grand time and fascinating to listen to the authors and illustrators talk about their experiences and inspirations. After all, what could possibly be more fun than a room full of storytellers and artists? If you're in the area next year, we recommend popping in for a spell- you're sure to be enchanted! ; ) ~ Jess & Stephanie

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