more congratulations!

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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15 thoughts on “more congratulations!

    1. Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji is storytelling at its finest. Your friend will have lots of fun reading it aloud. It’s exuberant and then some.


  1. Thank you for posting about this here, and on facebook! In fact, I learned the happy news from you first! Congratulations to all the winners, with a special congrats to my fellow Mixed-Up Files blogger, Wendy Shang!


    1. What? You weren’t informed by the committee?!

      So thrilled and happy for you, Sheela. What a wonderful honor for a first book !! Celebrate with lots of cocoa and chips! 🙂


  2. You are going to have to teach me how to do cartwheels. I never learned!!! But I will do my own awkward attempt at them this afternoon in the yard since it’s nice enough. Congratulations to all of the winners!


  3. LOL! I haven’t done an actual physical cartwheel in quite awhile but remember learning how to do them in my grandma’s front yard. The challenge is to see how straight you can keep your legs up.

    Thanks for adding a few more exclamation points!!!!!!!!!


  4. Thank you, Jama, for posting the news about Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji. I was informed of the news by my publisher. Perhaps I will hear from the committee? In any case, the news is exciting and I appreciate your enthusiastic coverage.
    Farhana Zia


    1. Congratulations, Farhana! I was excited to hear the news, since Dada-ji was one of my favorite PBs of 2011. It’s quite puzzling that the committee hasn’t contacted you with the news. I would love to see the APALA Asian/Pacific American Literature Award winners included in the ALA Youth Media Awards announcements. Wonder why they aren’t? In any case, your Honor was well deserved and I’m happy the book was recognized. 🙂


  5. Jama,
    Thank you, thank you! If I seemed rude for not answering, its only because I don’t explore the internet and its possibilities as much as I should, I suppose. It must be a generational thing. In any case, I appreciate greatly your enthusiasm for the book and for your congratulations just read. I hope you can tell that I rushed to write to you and by the way, I discovered the boxes at the bottom and have checked them off to receive intimation in mail of related posts. Yes, its true… I have not been contacted yet by the committee. Ken is going to represent the book during the summer conference. I, unfortunately, will not be able to be there for the honor.
    With great appreciation for your support,.
    Farhana Zia


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