What awesome good news after coming home from a rip-roaring busy and wonderful NCTE: If You Were the Moon is on the New York Public Library’s List of the Best Books for Kids from 2017!
Not only that, but on that list are many writers I know and admire, like Tracy Nelson Maurer and Matt Forrest Esenwine and Margarita Engle and Jennifer Ward and Chris Barton and Bao Phi and Jackie Briggs Martin and Laurel Snyder and Tamera Will Wissinger and Liz Rusch and Bob Raczka and Nikki Grimes and Elaine Magliaro and Jane Yolen and Helen Frost.
And there are books I love but whose authors I don’t know (maybe someday). And books I can’t wait to read because I’ve heard so many awesome things about them.
It’s the perfect week to be grateful, and I am very grateful to be on this list. And I am grateful to be part of the children’s literature community, getting to meet so many terrific creators and book sharers. And I’m grateful that there are a bunch of different awards and year-end lists that give a wide spectrum of books the chance to be noticed. Finally, I am just grateful for books.
This news is as tasty as the cinnamon roll gooey butter cake I had in St. Louis while at NCTE. And it’s definitely as sweet.
Donna Smith says
Congratulations! That is so awesome – and nice list or authors to be included amongst also!
Matt Forrest Esenwine says
Congratulations, Laura – and thank you for the shout-out! I’m so honored to be on the list with you, Jane, Margarita, Tamera, and so many others (including my friend Elaine Magliaro, whose debut also showed up)! Have a great Thanksgiving.
Congratulations! What a wonderful and much deserved accomplishment for you and the others on the list. You must be over the moon!
Martha O'Quinn says
Congratulations Laura. Well deserved. One of my favorites, the owl taking center stage in my home. Anything “owlish” is a collectible.
Congratulations Laura what a wonderful thing to be a part of. I’m so happy for you!
Jean James says
Congratulations Laura, what a wonderful list to be on! Such great news!
Terrific news, indeed, Laura!
Yvonne Pearson says
Congratulations, Laura. I love that book!
Janet F. says
So very happy for you, Laura and this mightily well-deserved honor. “Moon” is beautiful in every way. My librarian was thrilled to receive a copy yesterday and I proudly proclaimed your award, our friendship and roomie status. Like all wonderful things NCTE seemed to fly by in a happily exhausted flash!
Catherine Flynn says
Congratulations, Laura! If You Were the Moon is a gorgeous book, and I couldn’t be happier for you!