Friday, March 15, 2013
Here is my then 10 yo daughter when she met Veronica Roth at the Naperville store.
One of the things I love about Anderson's is that they bring a bookstore with them to professional conferences around the country. I visited them in Orlando and Vegas in the NCTE Exhibit Hall as well as here in Springfield at IRC and in Chicago at both NCTE and IRA. I tried to find a photo of the massive booth, but I couldn't find one. Suffice it to say.... it's awesome.
So.... if you know me at all (even from this blog), you know I'm an epic reader. I read ALL the time. I read voraciously. If I couldn't read, I couldn't live. So imagine the temptation of the Anderson's booth. Surrounded by books, mostly for kids with a few adult titles thrown in for good measure, all of them 20% off! It's nearly impossible for me to walk by without being drawn in like a magnet. It's torture... pure torture!
Just as tempting, though, are the Heinemann booth and the booth that carries books from Stenhouse and other educational publishers. I seem to have a sick need for the lastest professional books on all aspects of literacy instruction. I am lucky that as a literacy coach, my district will pay for these books since I end up using them in my work with teachers. When I think I'll have time to read these, I have no idea.
So this year, as I prepared to come to Springfield for IRC, I promised myself I would limit my book buying. I'm overwhelmed by the sheer number of unread books in my house at the moment, and to add to the backlog would only increase my stress. I did a pretty good job. Here's my IRC bookstack:
Not bad, if I do say so myself.