Sunday, November 28, 2010
Georgia Book Award
Exciting news! I have been hard at work on a seekrit project. I've been chosen to be on the awards committee for the Georgia Book Award! Myself and a panel of Georgia librarians and teachers will be reading dozens (and dozens) of picture books, winnowing it down to a "short list" of twenty titles that schoolchildren across the state will read and vote on in the 2011-2012 school year.
Best of all, I'll be attending the Georgia Annual Conference on Children's Literature, next March in Athens. Guest speakers include some of my favorite children's and YA writers ever, Mary Downing Hahn, M.T. Anderson, Alma Flora Ada, Karen Beaumont, and Gail Gibbons. What an incredible line-up. I'm swooning a little, just thinking about it. And now, it's back to the books -- my "to be read pile" (never a tiny thing, even in the best of times) has now grown to truly alarming proportions. I'm excited to be looking at so many books that might otherwise have slipped me by - I know it's going to be pretty tough to make our final selections, as there are so many wonderful stories out there.