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.