Here are some of the families streaming into the event as the doors open . . .
I love this event because the parents and grandparents are so proud of their children. And they should be. These students created beautiful, heartfelt/funny/scary books that were deemed tops at their schools. It's an honor to be invited to this event.
Thanks to co-chairs, Erin Coppoletta and Lori Foley, for the hard work that goes into putting on such a terrific event for hundreds of attendees.
|Erin, me and Lori, before the event begins|
And thanks to Debbie Remington for inviting me.
|Debbie Remington and me, Young Author Celebration 2012|
My favorite part, of course, was having a few moments with each of the students as they came up to have books signed, chat and have photos taken. Some students asked me to sign THEIR winning books, which felt like such an honor.
I was delighted to see Crystal and her parents at the event. This is Crystal's third year in a row winning the honor of attending the Young Author's Celebration!
Here she is a few years ago, when she was my escort during a school visit . . .
|Crystal, at Manatee Academy|
She's grown much taller since then!
And a huge shout of THANKS to our youngest son, who helped me during the entire event. He and I loved spending time with these sweet kids. We celebrated when we were done by going out to lunch and this fancypants restaurant.
If there are any YOUNG AUTHORS reading this, please stop by this blog post to get resources for young writers, including places to send your work, excellent guidebooks, contests and more.