Then it was on to Binghampton via Detroit and my friend Suzanne's place in McDonough which is totally charming - the kind of place you imagine all children's books illustrators to live!
Next morning it was back on the road and preparations for our workshops in Ithica.
Friday 13th saw us arrive safely at Tompkins County Public Library.
Once we figured out how to get in...
First up was a story time for littlies - which they seemed to enjoy...
I did a lot of ranting... about age-inappropriate board books, and too-long board books, and books which have a disconnect between topic and the developmental age of the child which they are being marketed to... Suzanne kept me on track so we remembered to talk about great books too (and don't forget to follow Lulu/Lola's own Goodreads page for recommendations - click here.)
Once we'd packed up, it was off to the lakeside for some downtime - well, actually not downtime so much as intense lively discussion and debate with a bunch of powerful advocates for child literacy.
Then it was on to our Wegman's event. We met so many new friends (a special shout out to Ana and Julie), did lots of reading - sitting in the Big Red Chair - and signing (except of course for those who could sign their own names themselves - that would've just been silly!)
Ellen cooked a fabulous lunch - which sadly did not include the enormous variety of gherkin she grows.