On July 9-15, the ALA Annual Conference will plop itself down in my second home of Chicago, and I couldn’t be happier. Well, if I had some actual reason to make that whole “second home” comment, I would be happier – but let’s get to more important things.

Are you going? This will be my first ALA conference, and I’d love to meet up. So consider this a shout out to the children’s lit bloggers out there – comment on this post or email me ( if you’re attending, if you have tips for a first-timer, or if you’d like to assemble some sort of gathering.