|SCBWI executive director Lin Oliver|
She gave information to get us all oriented, as well as a few entertaining statistics:
- The first conference was 48 years ago, and 35 people attended. Rooms cost $11 a night, or $13 if you wanted a deluxe room with a balcony.
- There are 1,159 people signed up for the conference (not including Lin).
- 427 are published and 732 are pre-published.
- Attendees come from countries all around the world, as well as 47 states (South Dakota, Delaware, and Arkansas).
- 400 are professional authors or illustrators.
- 102 teachers and librarians are in attendance.
- A variety of other professions are represented: agents, art directors, editors, film directors, actors, actresses, waiters, lawyers, parents, photographers, graphic designers, nurses, psychologists, environmental scientists, food scientists, singer-songwriters, real estate brokers, economics, architects, and more.
Then the faculty entered and made book recommendations for all of us, choosing books that affected them profoundly.
Here's a smattering:
- Beloved by Toni Morrison (Cecelia Yung)
- Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs (Mom Fox)
- The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola (Alexandra Penfold)
- Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (Debbie Ridpath Ohi)
- Outline by Rachel Cusk (Simon Boughton)
- Wild Geese by Mary Oliver (a poem) (Sara Sargent)
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (Tiff Liao)
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield (Donna Beasley)
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Adib Khorram)
- Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender (Beth Phelan)
- House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Renee Watson)
- Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (Meg Medina)
- An Indigenous People's History of the United States adapted for young people by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese and (Phil Bildner and Linda Sue Park)
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