Just as I was about to leave school today, I checked my email, and author Katie Davis had forwarded an announcement from the Association of Booksellers for Children. Her only additional note: "OMG!! Kate!!!"
I scrolled down and discovered that THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. was one of four books for middle grade readers chosen for the E.B. White Read Aloud shortlist! The E.B. White Read Aloud Award is a project of the Association of Booksellers for Children, to honor books that are terrific to share aloud and has long been a source of inspiration for our Messner family read-alouds.
So I stared at Katie’s email for a few minutes. Then I checked the ABC website, you know, to see if she’d just made the whole thing up. She hadn’t. You can check out the E.B. White finalists for picture books and books for older readers here.
Whatever happens, I’m so, so honored to have GIANNA Z. included and recommended as a book to share out loud with families and classrooms. And as one of my Twitter friends so wisely observed, "Any time your name is even used in the same sentence as E.B. White’s, it’s a very good day."
GIANNA Z. is in some amazing company on the list, along with Kristen Clark Venuti’s LEAVING THE BELLWEATHERS, Emily Bearn’s TUMTUM AND NUTMEG: ADVENTURES BEYOND NUTMOUSE HALL, and Grace Lin’s WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON, which I’ve been reading with my daughter as our bedtime read-aloud.
In fact, I blogged about it this morning…a full eight hours before I knew that either Grace’s book or mine was on the shortlist. Weird, huh?
Somewhere, I suspect E.B. White is smiling.