The YA book community is pretty darn fantastic, and over the past couple years I’ve come across some wonderful authors/teachers/librarians/bloggers who I would love to meet! This post is all about them and my list is in no particular order.
Matthew Quick–I’ve only read his most recent book, Boy21, but it continues to make me happy every time I read it aloud to my students. If an author has written a book that I want to read and share with my students over and over again, then he/she is worth meeting.
Gae Polisner–I’ve done everything short of meeting Gae in person since I “met” her a couple years ago. We’ve emailed, we’ve Facebooked, we’ve Twitter(ed?), and we’ve even Skyped. I even teach her debut novel, The Pull of Gravity. Can I meet you in person already, Gae?!
Amy Fellner Dominy–Her books make me smile. OyMG and Audition & Subtraction are both adorable and so worth reading. I love chatting with Amy on Twitter and Facebook, so it’s about time I get to meet her!
Geoff Herbach–Are you sensing a trend here? I kind of love the Class of 2K11. Stupid Fast has turned so many of my male students into readers. I want to meet him in person so I can thank him for his book and what it does for my students.
Courtney Summers–She’s another author who hooks my students within the first few pages of her books. Her writing is engrossing and her stories are heart-wrenching. I really hope I get to meet her one day.
Lisa Schroeder–I’ve loved every single one of her verse novels. They’re engrossing, beautifully written, and almost always hook my reluctant female readers. Plus, she lives in one of my favorite areas, the Pacific Northwest, so it would be super cool to meet her out there. If you haven’t read I Heart You, You Haunt Me or Chasing Brooklyn or any of her other books, then you’re really missing out.
Allison R (@reader4evr)–I can’t remember how Allison and I started chatting on Twitter, but I love talking books with her. She’s one of my go-to people when I need a good book recommendation, so I know we’d have fun if we met in person.
Jennifer Fountain (@jennann516)–Jenn and I would be super good friends if we could get together in real life. I just know it She and I have so many similar teaching/reading tastes that it would be amazing if we could one day teach at the same school. It probably won’t happen, but I often dream of the “super school” made up of the fabulous teachers and librarians I follow on Twitter. You can also keep up with Jenn through her blog, Fountain Reflections.
Crys Hodgens (@thehodgenator)–Crys is another super teacher. She is full of awesome teaching ideas, she reads great books, and she pins all kinds of cool things on Pinterest. Plus she blogs about almost all of those things I just listed. Crys is another teacher I’d want at my dream “super school.”
Kyle (@BookPensieve)–Kyle is a fellow Michigan teacher so there’s actually a pretty good chance we could meet in person. I love chatting with her on Twitter about books and teaching since we have so much in common and share lots of ideas. She’s also a blogger at A Reader’s Pensieve.