We enjoyed presentations from several authors and illustrators, but the one by Steven Kellogg is forever preserved in my memory. He told stories and sketched as he spoke. We sat immersed in the world of story with this giant from the world of children's literature. His sketches were given to attendees at the conference. While I didn't get one of the sketches, I do have two books that he autographed for our family. As you can see his autographs are much more than a mere signature. I'll always treasure this drawing he sketched in Chicken Little for Sara's 3rd birthday. Someday I'll even let her have the book! I attended this conference in order to update my teaching certificate since I wasn't teaching at the time. The conference was a dream come true for this confirmed book lover.
This past January I found myself standing in the exhibit hall at the ALA Midwinter conference conversing with another attendee regarding some of the advance reader copies on display. A quick glance at his name tag revealed that I was talking with Eric Kimmell! These individuals from the world of children's literature are the real rock stars in my life. How about it? Who are your rock stars?