“Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
Neil Gaiman

Monday, July 25, 2011

Interview With Author Jeff Kinney at ALA!

It's been a fun-filled day at ALA beginning with an early morning interview with superstar children's author Jeff Kinney!  Jeff graciously agreed to let me do a video interview with him despite his jam packed schedule during the conference.  My son Luke is a huge Jeff Kinney fan and has read all of the Wimpy Kid books over and over again.  Luke was originally supposed to come with me to New Orleans and had hoped to meet Jeff, so I thought up the idea of doing author interviews and contacted Jeff's agent.  Lo and behold they came through and we have a happy ten-year-old!  Jeff is not only incredibly funny and talented, but a super nice author who is joint-minded in the mission librarians march forward with to place books in children's hands and raise literacy rates.  Humor and graphics go a long way in aiding the cause for literacy.  Many children who wouldn't otherwise pick up a book are doing so because of authors like Jeff and we owe him a great deal of gratitude.  Thanks again Jeff and we can't wait for Wimpy Kid 6 to come out!

Jeff Kinney Interview



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