Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Behind the Books: I'm Gobsmacked
I've written 184 books. I've also written about 30 manuscripts that will probably never be published. They lead quiet lives in the middle drawer of a file cabinet in my office.
Each and every time I complete a new manuscript, I'm happy with it. I think it's the best it can be, the best I can make it. But I have no idea how it will be received by the world. Will it find a publisher? Will it get rejected?
If it is published, will it find an audience? Will it be ignored? I just don't know.
Sarah S. Brannen, has just received the 2015 Crystal Kite Award. It means so much to me that my SCBWI colleagues selected this little book for such a huge honor.
And that's not all. FEATHERS has also received the Nerdy Book Club Award, the Cybils Award, and the John Burroughs Riverby Award for Nature Writing. It's an ALA notable and a National Science Teachers Association-Children’s Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book. Never before have I written a book that has received so many honors.
I'm thrilled beyond words with these accolades because every time a respected organization shines a little light on FEATHERS, I know the book will make it into more schools and libraries and homes. It will be read by more children, and hopefully, inspire them to treasure the beauty and wonder of the natural world as much as I do. If this book, if any one of my books prompts a child take a closer look at a feather, to look under a rock, or to chase after a butterfly just to see where its going, then my job is done.