This past July, I was responsible for putting together our first ever SCBWI-IL booth at the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Chicago. What a fabulous experience! Esther Hershenhorn, Lisa Bierman and I teamed up to make the most of this wondrous opportunity for our members. The booth was a huge success. We were nestled in between Scholastic and Charlesbridge. Lots of traffic and sometimes even lines to visit with our Illinois authors and illustrators. We had an amazing raffle including author visits, Skype visits, on-line author chats and a grand prize of an author visit anywhere in the U.S.! For more information on The Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI) visit: http://www.scbwi.org/ and http://www.scbwi-illinois.org/. A big highlight for me was when Richard Peck stopped by to say "hi" and check out our booth. Really?
Cathy grew up in Illinois and still remembers the first time she heard one of her elementary teachers read poetry from Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends". She was hooked! Cathy's poetry has appeared in the anthologies "AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!: A GLOBAL GATHERING OF SPORTS POEMS" and "LADYBUG, LADYBUG AND OTHER FAVORITE POEMS". She is also published in the following magazines: LADYBUG, HIGHLIGHTS HIGH FIVE, HIGHLIGHTS HELLO, TURTLE, HUMPTY DUMPTY, HOPSCOTCH, YOUR BIG BACKYARD, CONFETTI and WEE ONES, U.S.KIDS as well as Mc GRAW HILL EDUCATIONAL TESTING.