Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Annick Goes to Washington

While the weather outside was sweltering, thousands of librarians were enjoying the air-conditioned comfort of the Washington Convention Center while checking out all the latest books that publishers had on display. Judging by the number of attendees streaming by the Annick booth, the 2010 ALA (American Library Association) Annual Conference was a great success. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello. We loved hearing how much you enjoy the Annick titles in your library, and appreciated your feedback on our publishing program. Thank you for sharing your stories about Annick books that have been particular favorites of teen visitors to your libraries: The Bite of the Mango, In Ecstasy, Chanda's Secrets, Leslie's Journal, and The Little Black Books. And how wonderful it was to see you embrace the Single Voice series as perfect material for reluctant readers. As for our Fall titles, it was great to hear your enthusiasm for so many of our upcoming books such as Fatty Legs, Thunder Over Kandaher, Cry of the Giraffe and A Flock of Shoes.

But the highlight of the conference came when two young visitors stopped by our booth on the last day of the show. Nothing beat the 7-year-old boy whose parents couldn't pull him away from Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem as he read the story out loud, or the 6-year-old girl who giggled her way through How Do You Read to a Rabbit? It was a great reminder of why we love the business we're in.

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