Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ehlert Alert!

There are a lot of great things about living in Madison. One of those great things is getting to rub elbows with authors and illustrators and other famous people who visit. Last week, I went to a reception where none other than Lois Ehlert was present. You know Lois Ehlert- I'm sure you do. Color Zoo, Leaf Man, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom... you totally know her. She actually lives in Milwaukee, which is maybe an hour and a half away, but she came to Madison for this reception and a lecture that followed. At the reception, she pulled a winner for our quilt raffle... You can see the Ehlert-inspired leaf quilt right behind her.

The lecture was given by Susan Patron, Newbery Award-winning author of The Higher Power of Lucky. I didn't take any pictures because Susan was standing behind a podium most of the time, and no one really wants to see that. But still she was fabulous. She read aloud a little excerpt from the yet-to-be-published third book in the Lucky series. I just love listening to authors read aloud. They know exactly how the words are supposed to sound.