It did not surprise me when Publishers Weekly named Anderson's Bookshop Bookstore of the Year. I find myself on the phone with Anderson's once per day, sometimes more, as I call to reserve a specific title for a student. The student often has the desired book the next day. Whenever I enter Anderson's, no matter what time of day, the ails of the day quickly dissolve. I always stop for a moment and breathe in the scent of new books.
Anderson's makes me a better teacher-librarian. They place authors in my school library, provide excellent book recommendations, and keep my wallet full of signing tickets.
Take a look at fourteen of the author/illustrator events I attended during this school year. My students benefited from each one.
Peter Brown visited Anderson's on September 15, 2010.
Blue Balliett shared one of her favorite children's books.
Doreen Cronin visited my school library on September 23, 2010.
Tony DiTerlizzi made everyone laugh.
Marla Frazee talked about how she loved Ramona as a young reader.
Tad Hills has an excellent sense of humor.
Lincoln Peirce stressed that comic books are real books.
Laurie Halse Anderson offered great advice to future authors.
Dan Gutman visited my school library on January 26, 2011.
Gennifer Choldenko "UNPLUGS" when she's writing.
Pamela and Jon Voelkel discussed their writing process.
Jon Scieszka made an important announcement. :)
Marc Brown made approximately one hundred children very happy.
Ridley Pearson visited my school library on April 27, 2011.
Thank you, Anderson's!