Hi! This is Ally (the Mississippi one). I get really, really excited about things. I'm enthusiastic about a lot. That's kind of my thing. I tend to use LOTS OF CAPS WHEN I TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THESE THINGS and I just HAVE to share. So...introducing: Recent Things Ally Has Been Enthusiastic About!!
Really, anything Peter Brown, amirite? At some point, we'll talk about my love for his Lucy books (she's my spirit animal). This is a signed first of his delightful new book, because my local indie has a young readers first editions club WHICH IS AWESOME.
I'm rereading The Series of Unfortunate Events. The first book published when I was 12, and they're bringing back a lot of memories. They're just delightful. And also kind of horrifying. But that's really their charm.
I've been using this song with my Baby Bookworms ever since Angie introduced me to it at ALA and they LOVE it and I LOVE IT TOO.
THE COVER FOR THIS BOOK! I got a chance to read a manuscript of this one, and y'all. It's exquisite. It's going to be your favorite MG book of 2014, I promise. I was THRILLED to see the cover reveal on Merrie's blog this week. I love this book and the cover is perfect!!
"All kinds of amazing youth services librarians feeling like they’re not doing “enough.” Enough innovating, enough NEW, enough shiny."
" You know what you’re doing. You choose every element with professional deliberation, because you’re great at your job. No seriously."
These quotes are from this blog post over at Storytime Underground (WHICH I AM ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT), and the whole post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Cory!
Totally digging this album. Kind of makes me want to read some NZ YA...Karen Healey, anyone?
Last but not least:
My friend Alison WROTE A BOOK. And then I WENT TO A STORE AND BOUGHT IT. THIS IS WONDERFUL WIZARDRY!
This weekend, I'm going to a book festival, so I'm sure I'll have plenty more enthusiasm to share with you for the next time. What are you enthusiastic about this week?! Let me know in the comments so I can be excited with you!