I usually don’t post on Tuesdays, but I wanted to tell you about the Lititz Kid-Lit Book Festival that was held this past weekend in Lititz, PA. This is the second year I went to the festival and I already can’t wait for next year! The festival is put on by Aaron’s Books, an AWESOME independent book store in Lititz (click HERE to go to their website). Sam of Aaron’s Books told me that the event was a big success and that they are already making plans for next year!
There was a bunch of authors there and it was really great to meet them! I really enjoyed hearing Nick Bruel talk about his book, “Bad Kitty”. He was totally funny! I like how he reads. Did you know that some of the foods Kitty gets from the supermarket in the book are real (like Chicken Cheesecake and Buffalo Burritos!)? Isn’t that cool?
I also took a kid writing class with author Jessica Spotswood (author of “Born Wicked”)! She talked about writing arguments in novels and about writing conversations.
We then got a chance to write our own arguments (we had ten minutes to write it and then we read them out-loud to the class). Here’s the argument I wrote in the class –
Angela twirled around and faced Jamie, anger flashing in her eyes.
“Are you saying that you want me to turn my back on my family, even Evan, to join a cause to stop some “Lord Darkness” from taking over, when I have NO IDEA what’s going on?!” She was at the verge of tears.
“Yes, Angela. They want us to help them. I agree that you shouldn’t walk away from everything you know, but this is important.” Jamie was calm as he spoke. “You don’t want to be ruled by some maniac who thrives on shadows, do you?” Angela hated how calm he could be at times when she felt out of control. Jamie continued to speak.
“Why you…” She suddenly struck him. Jamie brought his hand up to his nose which was bleeding, his face scrunched in pain.
Angela gasped, “Sorry Jamie! I didn’t mean to! Please forgive me! I’ll go get Sarah. She’ll stop the bleeding.”
“It’s fine. Lets get you up to date.” Jamie replied, his voice pleasant and smooth.
I heard the author of the Library Mouse books, Daniel Kirk, read his books, play his guitar, and have a sing-along! He was nice!
I also joined in a drawing class with authors Brian Biggs (Everything Goes) and Amy Ignatow (The Popularity Papers). In the class, I drew a cover for a possible comic book titled “The Cow Who Loves Steak” 😉 ! I liked the tips they gave us for drawing comics! They both made us laugh! 🙂
I also got to go to a great seminar by kid mystery writer Michael Biel (The Red Blazer Girls books) who talked about writing mysteries and what it takes to be a good detective. He also told us where he got his idea for his newest book, “Summer at Forsaken Lake”. It came from a movie called “The Seaweed Strangler” he made with his brother when he was 12! He showed us the movie too 😉 It was very funny!
I also got to talk to A.S. King, Courtney Sheinmel, and Alison Formento, who were all awesomely nice!
Best of all I got some great books to read! 🙂
“Stella Batts Book 1: Needs a New Name” by Courtney Sheinmel
“Elf Realm Book 1: The Low Road” by Daniel Kirk
“The Popularity Papers Book 4: The Rocky Road Trip of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang” by Amy Ignatow
“The Summer at Forsaken Lake” by Michael Beil
“These Bees Count!” by Alison Formento
“A Bad Kitty Christmas” by Nick Bruel
“Library Mouse” by Daniel Kirk
“Everything Goes: In The Air” by Brian Biggs
After the festival, my parents took us to Chocolate World in Hershey PA.
Authors + Books + Chocolate = AWESOME time!