Yesterday, I signed a big stack of book plates and mailed them off to New Hampshire for an exciting reason.
THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. has been named to the Great Stone Face Award list for 2010-2011!
That’s New Hampshire’s children’s choice award for kids in grades 4-6. It’s named after a rock formation that actually collapsed back in 2003. Here’s a before-and-after image.
See the face up there? Even though the old man himself is gone, I love that the award is named after him, and I especially love that so many new readers in New Hampshire will be meeting Gianna and Zig. You can see the full list of Great Stone Face nominees here.
So back to the book plates… Kathleen, a pretty amazing New Hampshire librarian, emailed me last week to ask if I’d help her with a tradition. At her end-of-the-year celebration, she rewards kids who have read all or almost all of the 25 Great Stone Face books for that year with a book from next year’s list. She chose GIANNA Z. to get the kids started on next year’s list and asked if I’d sign some bookplates to make the copies extra special. (They went in the mail yesterday, Kathleen!)
And finally, a few of you asked me to post a photo of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award…which, as it turns out, doesn’t photograph all that easily because it’s actually a perfectly clear, crystal book engraved with the award and my book title. But I tried a few options, and the photo turned out best outside.
Even on a rainy day, it makes me smile!