Congratulations to Jenny Offill, author of SPARKY,? for winning the Charlotte Zolotow award for outstanding writing in a picture book! I’ve read and done a poetryaction for SPARKY (the funny story of a quite unusual pet!), but it hasn’t posted yet. The award committee also chose 5 Honor books and 9 Highly Commended titles, and I’m super-thrilled and honored that WATER CAN BE… is on the Highly Commended list!? It’s a list full of books and authors I admire, so I am so happy to be included. You can read the press release and see all books here.?
And, well, this is kind of embarrassing, but that doesn’t generally stop me from sharing, so here goes. I recently started a morning routine that includes meditation, affirmation, and visualization, among other things–just for a few minutes each. For visualizing, I’ve been rotating through various things that would be, to me, real milestones in my writing career. And one of the things I have visualized several times was accepting the Charlotte Zolotow or the Boston Globe – Horn Book award. Fantastic picture book awards. So, just making the Highly Commended list was a huge boost for me!