As if yesterday morning’s ALA Youth Media Awards excitement wasn’t enough, I also learned that huge Congratulations are in order for Virginia middle grade author Wendy Shang, who won the APALA Asian/Pacific American Children’s Literature Award for The Great Wall of Lucy Wu (Scholastic Press, 2011) !!!!
*cartwheels* *backflips* *great shouts of glee*
You may remember how much I loved this book from my Soup of the Day post early last year. Am thrilled and happy for Wendy on this well deserved honor!!!! Hooray!!!!!!!!!!
Also very happy to hear that the Honor Award for Children’s Literature went to Sheela Chari for her debut novel, Vanished (Hyperion, 2011)!!!! I’ve heard such great things about this story of mystery, intrigue, and Indian food (!), and can’t wait to read it. Congratulations, Sheela!!!!
In the Picture Book category, Hot, Hot, Roti for Dada-ji (Lee & Low, 2011), that vibrant lip-smacking story written by F. Zia and illustrated by Ken Min, was named an Honor Book!!!! You may remember how much I
drooled raved about this one. Ecstatic for both Farhana and Ken!! I’m so hungry just thinking about the Indian flatbread that young Aneel prepares in the story. Hunh-ji!
So cool that these wonderful books have been recognized by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, AND, especially exciting because these were all debut books for F. Zia, Sheela Chari, and Wendy Shang!
Congratulations to all the winners!! You can see the full list of the 2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature here.
And now, I have to go replenish my exclamation marks.
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