Today I ran around BookExpo America in NYC's Javits Center with SCBWI Director of Communications Aaron Hartzler. We started the morning at the Children's Book and Author Breakfast which was hosted by Sarah, Duchess of York and featured authors Cory Doctorow, Mitali Perkins and Richard Peck. (On the way into the the event, a CBS News team interviewed Aaron about what he thought of Sarah being at the event considering the recent headlines surrounding her. The word chutzpah was bandied about.)
After listening to these engaging speakers over half a sesame bagel (they somehow find the worst ones in New York City), Aaron and I took to the floor see who we could see and what books they were excited about. Here's a photo montage of Aaron with a few of the editors and info on titles they're buzzing about. (It's like Disneyland for writers. Editors are Mickey Mouse.)
Editor with Aaron: Tara Weikum of Harper.
She's excited about I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore.
Editor with Aaron: Allyn Johnston of Beach Lane Books. She's excited about BOSS BABY by Marla Frazee.