The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) gave One Good Thing About America a Golden Kite Honor Award for middle-grade fiction at a gala event in New York City in February. There’s nothing like a silver sticker to dress up the cover of a book. Thanks SCBWI!
Speaking of awards, I have been catching up on some of this year’s other winners. If you’re reading this and enjoy children’s novels, don’t miss this year’s Newbery winner: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Five unique and quirky characters find themselves in the neighborhood woods just when the universe seems to be conspiring against them. Looking for and making friends is told in a delightfully different way.
I finally got around to reading Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s two books set in England during World War 2 and, as soon as I’d started The War That Saved My Life, I wondered why it had taken me so long! I couldn’t stop reading about Ada and her determined search for her place in the world. The War I Finally Won is the sequel and completes Ada’s story. They were so good that I’m now reading Bradley’s Jefferson’s Sons. Excellent historical fiction.