Thank you, SCBWI Writers & Illustrators!

I got an exciting email late yesterday afternoon from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. “We’ve been trying to call you for several hours, but you’re not answering your home phone,” it said. “So we’re resorting to email to tell you that SUGAR AND ICE won the 2011 Crystal Kite Award!”

(I was out picking up kids from school & playing tennis with my daughter yesterday… and when my agent called last May to tell me that THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. had won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award, I almost didn’t answer my cell phone because I was in the kitchen in my swimsuit, making dinner and dripping all over the floor because I’d just gotten in from a swim in the lake. I’m pretty sure this officially makes me the worst award-news recipient ever.)

All kidding aside, I want to say a HUGE thank you to SCBWI and its amazing members, especially in NY.  I feel incredibly honored because this award comes from my fellow writers & illustrators, and I’m truly overwhelmed to be  in such great company with winners & finalists from all the regions. You can see the full list of Crystal Kite Awards here. Congrats to all!

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  1. kathie valley
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Kate! Congratulations from Medina! Your books are wonderful! I’m just finishing Marty McGuire with one of my little 3rd gr. AIS groups! and of course your 2 Soc. St. 4th gr. books are standards now!
    WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT WE COULD GET YOU TO COME VISIT YOUR OLD ALMA MATER?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE HAVE FUNDS IN OUR AUTHOR ACCOUNT AND I’M THINKING THAT YOUR SCHOOL GETS OUT BEFORE OURS IN JUNE????. I KNOW THIS IS A REAL LONG SHOT BUT I FIGURED THAT IF MARTY ACCEPTED THE PRINCESS ROLE, YOU MIGHT BE WILLING TO BE A PRINCESS FOR THE DAY HERE AT OAK ORCHARD!!! cAN’T WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU! kATHIE

    • Posted May 5, 2011 at 12:37 am | Permalink

      Kathie, thanks so much for the kind words about my books! I would LOVE to come to Oak Orchard Elementary for an author visit one of these days – but unfortunately, we’re in school right through June 24th, and I’m leaving the next day for a family reunion (yay!). I’m also completely out of personal days, but maybe next year? I’d also be more than happy to do a virtual visit with your third grade AIS students via Skype if that’s something you’re set up to do in the district. I can do that almost any weekday in June at 11:15 (my lunch break!) or after school if that might work -just let me know!

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