We've had lots of bursts of good news around here lately as various award lists start to come together for 2010—starting with Elizabeth Bluemle's How Do You Wokka-Wokka?, which won the 2010 Please Touch Museum's Annual Book Award, chosen by kids! This year, the kids doing the choosing were from Philadelphia's Overbrook School for the Blind. The award will be presented later this month at the museum. Way fun!
EMLA authors have not one but two books represented on the Michigan Great Lakes Great Books nomination list in the 4th-5th grade category: Chris Barton's The Day-Glo Brothers and Ruth McNally Barshaw's Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School. This is a kids' choice award, as well.
The Day-Glo Brothers is also on the ballot for the 2010-2011 Maine Student Book Award, along with Laura Resau's The Indigo Notebook and Lewis Harris's A Taste for Red. We're loving M-states around here this week!
The Indigo Notebook is also one of three finalists for the 2010 Colorado Book Award in the Young Adult Literature category. The award recognizes Colorado authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers, and Laura's What the Moon Saw won in this category back in 2006, and Red Glass in 2007!
Finally, C.J. Omololu's Dirty Little Secrets is on the latest update of the 2011 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers nomination list from the young adult librarian division of the ALA. This list honors high-interest books that will sustain a reader's attention easily—and believe me, does this book ever keep your attention!
Congrats to all!