So I just got an e-mail from my buddy and fellow children's book guy Nick Bruel telling me that my book Sally and the Some-Thing (henceforth referred to as my baby) has made the list of nominees for the 2008 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award.
To explain what that means, please allow me to borrow liberally from their website. The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Children's Services Round Table of MLA, is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri's public libraries. Designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age, the award was first given in 1996. Parents and other caregivers are encouraged to read aloud to children from a list of ten titles selected annually by a group of Missouri children's librarians. Colorful posters, bookmarks, activity sheets, and a manual of great ideas add to the fun.
Apparently the voting goes on from September until the end of December, and the part that has me excited is that it's actually voted on by the kids. They always say that it's an honor to just be nominted, and that goes double in that case. Always nice to hear this sort of good news