And the winner is …

May 18th, 2015

Oregon Spirit Book Award

May 17th, 2015

Oregon Spirit Award sticker

Absolutely Truly cover 2014

I’m thrilled to announce that my book ABSOLUTELY TRULY is the winner of this year’s Oregon Spirit Book Award in the Middle Reader category!

*::* throws confetti! *::*

This award is presented each year by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) to “the author of a distinguished contribution to children’s literature or young adult literature that engages and encourages readers’ imagination, discovery, and understanding, reflecting the spirit and values held by Oregonians.” Wow! To say that I’m honored is a vast understatement.

I’m in SUCH good company on the list of winning and honor books — which includes a number of dear friends! I share weekly writing dates at our favorite coffee shop with Susan Blackaby, for instance, who received an honor in the picture book category for The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon (a book I ADORE!). And there’s also my friend Trudy Ludwig, honored for her moving story Gifts from the Enemy, and Eric Kimmel and Graham Salisbury and April Henry and Elizabeth Rusch and Barbara Kerley, among others.

Fine Oregonians all, and fine writers. Congratulations, everyone!

 

 

Calling all young artists!

May 12th, 2015

Betsy-Tacy-Deep-Valley-Homecoming-cover-Mankato-TImes

 

Hey there Betsy-Tacy fans — I just read about this competition in the Mankato (Minnesota) Times, and since there are so many fine young artists who visit my blog, I thought I’d pass the information along!  The contest is being sponsored by the Betsy-Tacy Society and Mankato’s Carnegie Arts Center, and winners will be announced at this summer’s “Deep Valley Homecoming.”  Click here for full information and an order form.

 

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