Bonner Librarian Attends National Book Festival

Mrs. Laura Sadler, the librarian at O. T. Bonner Middle School, recently attended the National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. More than seventy authors, illustrators, and poets made presentations throughout the day in the Children, Teens & Children, Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Contemporary Life and Poetry & Prose pavilions. This is an annual event held each September by the Library of Congress to celebrate the joy of books and reading.

Mrs. Sadler spent a day in the pavilions for Children’s Authors and Illustrators and Teens & Children Authors. Mrs. Sadler listened to author Brad Meltzer explain why he wrote the book Heroes for my Son, which has been purchased for the Bonner library. Rebecca Stead, a 2010 Newbery Medal winner, spoke next. Her two books, When You Reach Me and First Light, are already available for students to check out from the Bonner library.
Then, Mrs. Sadler heard Claudette Colvin and Phillip Hoose speak. These two authors collaboratively wrote Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice. This book documents Claudette’s experience as a fifteen-year-old girl who refused to give up her bus seat and was hauled off to jail (several years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat). This book will soon be available for Bonner students to read.

She then listened as Jeff Smith, the writer and artist of “Bone,” explained how he adopted the graphic novel format to create an adventure story about three cartoon cousins- plucky Fone Bone, scheming Phony Bone, and easygoing Smiley Bone. The audience was amazed and dazzled as they watched Smith swipe across a blank sheet of paper several times with a black Sharpie to create cartoon characters in a matter of minutes. Bonner students have the opportunity to read the “Bone” books from the library.

Mrs. Sadler also heard Katherine Paterson, a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal, read excerpts from her latest book titled The Day of the Pelican. She later watched Jerry Pinkney, an illustrator whose works appear in the Bonner library, draw in the Children’s pavilion.

This trip was both fun and educational for Mrs. Sadler. Mrs. Sadler brought back a wealth of knowledge to share with students and teachers at Bonner Middle School. The Bonner library is a wonderful place for children to visit because of her hard work and dedication to the library program.