We’re having a beautiful spring here in the Midwest! The forsythias, cherries, and magnolias have already blossomed, and now the red buds are bursting out everywhere. How fitting that I got to spend the morning driving an hour through sunlit farmland to Red Bud, Illinois to speak at a young author conference! I gave a 30 minute talk to students and parents, autographed books and answered questions. I was thrilled to see so many parents resist the temptation to work in their yards and support their children instead. Every one of the approximately 150 students at the conference made a book, which they proudly showed off to the parents. Congratulations to all the young authors!