I'm honored to report that my latest picture book, Holler Loudly, illustrated by Barry Gott, is a finalist for the Writers' League of Texas Children's/YA Book Award.
From the League: "Winners in each category receive a $1000 cash prize, a commemorative award and an appearance at the 2011 Texas Book Festival. The 2011 contest is open to American authors of books published in 2010. Authors are not required to be members of the Writers’ League of Texas." Note: the 2011 award program is sponsored by University Co-op.
Here's the whole list:
Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton
A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
Holler Loudly by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy
Betti on the High Wire by Lisa Railsback
Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
What a thrill to see Holler Loudly (interior page) featured in such distinguished company! See interviews with illustrator Barry Gott and education writer Shannon Morgan, who wrote the teacher guides. See also teacher guides for pre-K, kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2.