Monday, January 18, 2010

Drumroll Please....

I woke up this morning to a call from my favorite editor (@EditorK) informing me that The Rock and the River and I have won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. This is a huge honor in the world of children's literature and I'm so pleased!

More on this to follow later today as I get it all figured out....and stop randomly shrieking. (The yappy dog that lives next door is not very happy with me for stealing his thunder. He's responded to each of my "woohoos" with a resounding triple yap.)

In the meantime you can check out the list of award recipients here:

Thanks to the American Library Association and the Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee. Yay!!!

14 comments:

Lynn E. Hazen said...

Yay indeed! That committee knew what it was doing! Congratulations, Kekla!

vanessajoyziff said...

Congrats, Kekla!!! This is huge news, and a major accomplishment! I'm thrilled for you, and can't wait to get reading. Happy New Year, indeed!

xo
Vanessa

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Congratulations, to you and Michelle!

Color Online said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

On behalf of the entire community at Color Online and myself, we are so happy for you.

Vasilly said...

Congratulations! I have read so many great reviews of The Rock and the River. I bought a copy and can't wait to read it. Congratulations again.

Crystal said...

Whoo Hoo!! Congratulations, Kekla! This is AWESOME NEWS! So, so happy for you! Your book is in my to-be-read pile by my bed . . . can't wait to get started on it!

Also, CONGRATS on your NAACP nomination!! :)

Tammee said...

Congrats! You deserve it, the book was one of my favs last year and I am looking forward to your next.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations--
The webcast is here. The CSK awards start at about 9:50.

http://alawebcast.unikron.com/_view.php?

Doret said...

Congrats. I am very happy for you and your wonderful book.

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Shadra said...

Congratulations Kekla!

Zetta said...

Congratulations, Kekla! On both the John Steptoe award AND the NAACP Image Award nod...here's to more beautifully written books in the years to come!

campbele said...

Congratulations on the Steptoe!!! It has to make for a pretty good first year!

Bethany said...

THE ROCK AND THE RIVER has become my favorite book! I would love to teach this book for many reasons. The historical fiction is wonderful and has opened my eyes to things I did not know. I love this book for the fact that it has helped me to look deeper into my own life and feelings.