Something that made me really happy this month:
the announcement of the 2009 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award for Diamond Willow. There were so many great books of poetry for children published in 2008; the knowledge that this particular committee read all of them and selected my book fills me with gratitude. And I always find that deep gratitude is a firm standing place from which to launch new work. So, thank you, to:
* Lee Bennett Hopkins
* this year’s committee
* the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.
Congratulations to Margarita Engle and Patricia McKissack whose books are also honored.