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!