Thursday, May 8, 2008

Americas Award and the secret

The America’s Award announced its 2008 winners, honors and commendations. The picture book winner is none other that one of my favorite productions of last year: Yum! Mmm! Que Rico! America’s Sproutings, by Pat Mora, illustrated by Rafael López. I have already ordered the novel winner, Red Glass, by Laura Resau.

I did get an announcement too. And announcement that was first a secret. Here are the specifics:

The keeper of the secret: Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, organizers of the USC’s first Annual Celebration of Latino children’s Literature, and –and unknowingly to me a member of the Americas Award 2008 committee.

What I was doing: I was minding my own business sittin in one of the front rows. I was the closing keynote speaker.

Witnesses: conference attendees including speakers Dr. Katie G. Short and Lucia Gonzalez plus about 300 people who came to this first-time incredible conference in South Carolina.

How the secret was revealed: Jamie introduced the conference, welcomed the attendees, and then proceeded to announced that they had held an announcement until that morning, so that he could let me know in person that Little Night had been selected as an Americas Honor book.

My reaction: “viva!”

Here is the complete winner’s list

1 comment:

Diana Evans said...

wonderful post....and I love the illustration....