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Friday, October 11, 2013

BEST NEWS EVER!! (and a couple of cool FYIs)

Okay, before I share my own AMAZING news, there are a few other items to share:

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Mark Your Calendars: On Wednesday, October 16th, the finalists for the National Book Awards will be announced on television. I am so excited to watch this! Per a press release from the National Book Foundation,

"...the National Book Foundation will partner with msnbc’s “Morning Joe” to announce its 2013 National Book Awards Finalists, for the second year in a row. In addition, this year “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who are both authors themselves, will emcee the National Book Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 20 at Cipriani Wall Street, in New York."

Here are the 10 books on the Longlist for Young People's Literature (they're all great, but I'm really pulling for Anne Ursu's The Real Boy to be recognized):

Book covers for the 2013 NBA Longlist for YPL
  • Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
  • Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Candlewick Press)
  • Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots (Philomel, A division of Penguin Group USA)
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
  • Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
  • David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House)
  • Tom McNeal, Far, Far Away (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House)
  • Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (Putnam Juvenile, a division of Penguin Group USA)
  • Anne Ursu, The Real Boy (Walden Pond Press/an Imprint HarperCollinsPublishers)
  • Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/an imprint of Roaring Brook Press/Holtzbrinck)
Okay, are you ready for my big news? Well, friends, I was going to keep this to myself, but in the spirit of getting excited about the National Book Awards, I've decided to share. I didn't even know I was up for this honor, so you can imagine my shock and delight when my daughter walked out of her room recently and handed me this piece of paper:

"I love you! You are the best! Wommy in! the Morld!"

That's right, I am officially the best Wommy in the Morld! Can you believe it? I mean, it's all so unexpected...after all, the Morld is a really big place, and there are so many worthy Wommies. Gotta love kids learning to write, huh? In addition to a few letter mix-ups, she's still getting the hang of exclamation points and how to use them. All she knows is that you use them when you're excited, which is why she put one at the end of each line in her note :) 

I'll leave you with photos of my little one, in dresses made by my CP Joy McCullough-Carranza (who is an available mentor for Pitch Wars- #19 at this link). She is a fabulous seamstress and her Etsy Shop is HERE.

Wommy & Daughter


  1. That is awesome! Congratulations! :-) The blue dress looks like it fits perfectly! And she is so so so adorable! Thanks for the shout-out! I don't know much about the Morld, but you do seem to be an excellent Wommy.

  2. Congratulations on your award! Honestly, though, thanks for sharing this. It made me smile this morning.

  3. Congrats on being such an awesome Wommy, and your daughter looks great in her new dress! I wonder why the Nat'l Book Awards nominations are almost all from the big publishers. Some smaller pubbers come out with very cute and worthwhile books too.

  4. Congrats on your mommy award! So sweet.

  5. Awesome award, Jess. Can't get any better than that! And darling daughter, darling dress :-)

    Of the books up for the National Book Award, I've read Kathi Appelt's True Blue Scouts. I really enjoyed it. Pretty creative and imaginative...

  6. How awesome and sweet, Jess! And way better than any book award.

  7. Congratulations! Now, I want to know about this place called Morld...

  8. That is the cutest thing I've ever seen! Honors don't get any better than that.

  9. That is the GREATEST award you will ever receive! How incredibly precious.. Yay you Wommy! :)

  10. I have always wanted to meet the best Wommy in the Morld. I am honored to be among your readers.


  11. Love the photos and congrats on the award.

  12. OMG, That's so cute I think I just had a mini-diabetic coma from the SWEET.

    (And that picture of you two together is fab.)


  13. You are the cutest ever. Both of you.

  14. lol you got me laughing so hard I had to be careful with my coffee. But it is sooo cute at the same time. It's the intention that matters, right?
    Thanks for the laughter on a Monday morning.


  15. I haven't ventured into the blogosphere for months, and didn't realize what I was missing! That note! Oh my morld, I love it!

  16. WHAT? My kids said I was the best wommy! Wait...I think that's expired. They're teenagers now. *sigh* I kept the sign tho - and you will too! ;)

    1. Yes, I'm guessing her enthusiasm for my Wommy skills will fade in time :) I plan on framing it as a reminder of "the golden years."

  17. Fabulous - and Congratulations! It is the best award ever! (and as a side note, I didn't know Kate DiCamillo had that book out and now I will have to find it, as well as The Real Boy. Thanks for the recs!)

  18. OMGosh, how cool and sweet and definitely the best award ev-ah! I love how you are the best wommy in the morld! :)

  19. Congratulations on your huge honor, Jess! Adorable pics, too.