*reference to copyright infringement copyright Mo Willems
-The man who brought us the Pigeon, Cat the Cat, Knuffle Bunny, Elephant, and Piggie is at least as hilarious in person.
-You can draw the Pigeon even if you can't draw. Mo will even teach you how, copyright be darned.
-Differences between a child's Pigeon and Mo's Pigeon constitute the child's drawing style and are to be encouraged, even by a Caldecott honoree.
-It is possible for the Boston Book Festival and good weather to coincide.
-When such a weather phenomenon coincides with a grilled cheese truck phenomenon, the BPL cafe becomes a much quicker place to get lunch.
-Authors of novels that aren't really "humor books" can create a substantive, informative panel on "Funny Kids' Fiction."
-Authors who grew up on oral tradition, like Julia Alvarez, can provide great insight into what makes a "reluctant reader."
-I really need to read Meg Wolitzer's The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman.
-Chris Raschka is an excellent deadpanner.
-Linda Urban is excellent at taking kids seriously, as when an eight-year-old audience member requests advice on overcoming writer's block.
And finally, one lesson that was purely review:
-There are so many books. There is so little time.