A Chorus of Cheers


This past week felt big. The American Library Association Youth Media Awards were presented in Seattle on Monday, recognizing some fantastic works in the children’s literature community. Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, Morris, Coretta Scott King and more… So much excellence. My to-be-read pile just grew.

Seeing the eruption of cheers on Twitter and in the blogosphere was quite exciting. Sadly, I wasn’t able to watch the live webcast, but I can only imagine the energy in the room at the actual awards ceremony. A recap of the awards given can be found here.


Now closer to home, this past Saturday I presented my work for the MFA program at Simmons College. I was joined by my writing peers and I got to hear them speak of their mentorship experiences and read from their work, too. I also had the pleasure of having my family in the audience, which was so nice.

What a great afternoon. What a privilege to study with some really talented people, all striving for the very best work they can create. Hearing their stories and approach to their work is inspiring. Thinking about how far we’ve all come makes me want to cheer.

My friend Briana Woods-Conklin (@brianawc) wrote a blog post about it, which you can read here. I can’t say it much better than that.