On March 7, I went with our school librarian and another teacher with 9 students to the North Texas Teen Book Festival #nttbf15. http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/
It was the BEST DAY EVER! We don't have to mention that it was on a Saturday or on the first day of our Spring Break. We don't have to mention that there would be no compensation for this day. We don't have to mention that food options were scarce (one tiny, tiny cafe on site and NO walking options). We don't have to mention that it was roughly a 9 hour day. It was the BEST DAY EVER!
There were over 50 authors of middle grade and young adult books. There were something like 3000 participants, mostly kids. There were kids running and screaming. But, they were the best behaved kids I've ever encountered. They were so happy and so excited. It was a very geeky, fan-girl day for me. Kids came away with books, posters, t-shirts, buttons, and more. They got to get stuff signed by authors, pictures with authors, and to talk with authors.
I could not have asked for a better way to start my Spring Break. It's been a long time since I had an entire day of no-stress fun. I enjoyed every bit of the day. I enjoyed time away from the school with my peers and students. I was really enjoying life.
Thank you to all of the organizers, vendors, volunteers, staff, etc. It was the best day ever.
Next year, I want to take my mom, my daughter, and my niece and nephew. I can't wait for next year. It'll be the best day ever! #nttbfest