Tuesday, February 23, 2010

And the winner is??? SB&F Prize winners.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

After yesterday's blog, you might think I skipped out on the AAAS conference and just did the sight seeing in San Diego. Nope. I was there too. Checked out the booths of the conference, enjoyed family day in the conference, and even attended a session on the science of being happy. Boy, was that a long and boring session...just joking. It was actually quite interesting, as was the whole conference. Maren was there because she has been the Chair of the committee that awards the Young Adult Science Book. So, we got to go to breakfast with the authors, we helped with the book signings, we helped set up the room for the awards ceremony, and basically made ourselves available to help in any way. I think everyone was happy we were there, I know we enjoyed ourselves.

Now for the awards and the pictures:
This is Terry Young. A librarian who was helping run the event. Heather could not be there and everyone else stepped up nicely to make sure things went great. Of course the other side of this picture is out there somewhere, me taking a picture of Terry.
Book signing by the authors. On the left is Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Robert Gardner and on the right is Children's Science Picture Book Winner Molly Bang. Maren and I were invited to dinner after the awards ceremony by Robert Gardner's editor from Enslow named Dorothy. We had a very nice dinner with very nice company!
More book signing. The author on the left is Idan Ben-Barak winner of the Young Adult Science Book award (Maren's committee). The middle author is Pamela S. Turner winner of the Middle Grades Science Book, and seated at the right side of the picture is Andy Comins, the photographer for Pamela's book, also an award winner...I am sure Andy would have taken better pictures, maybe even would have included his own left ear!
At the awards ceremony. Young Adult Science Book Winner Idan Ben-Barak came all the way from Australia. He wanted me to take this picture to prove to his mom that he actually wore a coat and a tie. He said this was the first time in his life he had ever wore a tie. Here is your proof mom!
Robert Gardner, accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award. He has authored over 140 science books for kids. How amazing is that? A soccer book he authored is in the mail for Preston and Preston now has a signed copy of his current basketball book!
Idan Ben-Barak accepting the Young Adult Science Book award for his book Invisible Kingdom: From the Tips of Our Fingers to the Tops of Our Trash, Inside the Curious World of Microbes. Maren now has a signed copy!
Pamela S. Turner and Andy Comins (background left) accepting the Middle Grades Science Book Award for The Frog Scientist. Hansen now has a signed copy!
Molly Bang accepting the Children's Science Picture Book Award for Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life. Lillie now has a signed copy!
Terry Young, doing a good job of being MC. Two teachers were also given awards for essays, but I don't have any pictures of them to post.
Subaru sponsored the SB&F Prize along with the AAAS. I would love to have this Subaru for my car (any Subaru for that matter). I did sit in the Subaru and was told about how AAAS members get a discount...maybe someday!

Tomorrow I will try to remember to post the picture of Maren with the Gecko who was roaming around. Ok, off to get the kids ready for school, this blog took more time than my daily blog as I tried to spell every one's name correctly. I hope I did!

See you tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Very interesting! We're glad everything went well in San Diego and at home.

Pam Turner said...

Fun photos! And it was great to meet you and Maren at AAAS.

andy comins said...

Great stuff. Thanks for making the effort. I hope to see you both again soon.