Mark Twain Award – Twice!
On Monday, I was in Missouri to receive the 2011 Mark Twain Reader Award for Stolen Children. The last item on the banquet program was the announcement of the winner of the 2012 award: Runaway Twin!! The committee from the Missouri Association of School Librarians had already engraved a second bust of Mark Twain and they presented it to me then. Two fabulous honors in one night!
To make it even better, I was seated at the banquet with my dear friend, Kirby Larson, who had won the 2011 Show Me Award (picture book category) for Two Bobbies. When the 2012 Show Me Award was announced, Kirby won, for Nubs. We still can hardly believe that this happened.
To make it better yet, Anne went with me on this trip, so my daughter was in the audience to share the excitement. What a night!