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Wow! Ada's Violin was named an E.B. White Honor Book! Quite the honor indeed to be in the company of some of my favorite picture books from 2016. See photos below. 

 

My newest book DOUBLE TAKEpublished by Candlewick, is in stores now! See the adorable art by debut illustrator Jay Fleck below and my guest post and book trailer on Mr. Schu's blog Watch. Connect. Read. More than simple opposites, this rhyming concept book introduces relative terms and perspective, showing kids how point of view can affect what you see. "A powerful and timely message," says School Library Journal. "Highly recommended." 

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DOUBLE TAKE Book Trailer

"Who is AHEAD and who is BEHIND is different for everyone standing in line." It's all about perspective! Here's a peek inside my newest book, with art by debut illustrator Jay Fleck, published by Candlewick. Julie Danielson writing in Kirkus Reviews calls it "a thought-provoking book that will prompt questions for child readers about perspective and point of view. ... a powerful notion for children, particularly at the me-me-me stage of development." See more reviews here.

E. B. White Awards

One day ago, on May 31, this happened—the E. B. White Awards at Book Expo America in New York.

DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis was named the winner and ADA'S VIOLIN was named one of five honor books.

(See the complete list here.) I can still hardly believe I got to share the afternoon with these kidlit superheroes!

 

Clockwise from top left: Richard Peck, honoree for THE BEST MAN; Julie Fogliano, honoree for WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES; Marla Frazee and Gene Luen Yang, Indie Champion Honorees. 

The Christopher Award! 

Blown away to have Ada's Violin awarded the 2017 Christopher Award for books, ages 8 and up. The medal is inscribed with the words "Better to Light One Candle Than to Curse the Darkness" and is given annually to books, movies and television shows "that affirm the highest values of the human spirit." Congratulations to all the other winners, including the children's book authors and illustrators of Baby Wren and the Great Gift; What Do You Do With a Problem; Ida, Always; Soar; and Unbound.

 

                                     The awards ceremony with Father Jonathan Morris and Ada's Violin illustrator

                                     Sally Wern Comport

A Day to Remember

On April 6, ADA'S VIOLIN was awarded Bank Street's 2017 Flora Steiglitz Straus Award for children's literature, alongside Congressman John Lewis's MARCH and Caren Stelson's SACHIKO. The award is given anually to a "distinguished work of nonfiction which serves as an inspiration to young people." And I got to meet illustrator Sally Wern Comport for the first time!

 

As a long-time devotee of Bank Street, this recognition means the world to me. Heartfelt thanks to the Children's Book Committee and congratulations to all the other winners. Find out more here

 

 

P.S. It wasn't until I got home that I discovered that LEAPS AND BOUNCE and MISSION: BACK TO SCHOOL were also listed in Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year

 

 

Diving into a New Book

Working 24/7 on a thrilling new project. More news when I come up for air! 

Bluebonnet Books

ADA is nominated for the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award. Thank you, Texas librarians and kids, and congrats to all. I've read a bunch of these and can't wait to check out the rest!

 

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