A Dream Come True!

At the Jane Addams Peace Association award ceremony I celebrated with Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Worker's editor Marilyn Brigham, and Illustrator Robert Casilla.  I met members of the association, some of the most inspiring and brilliant women in the world.  In the audience there were also some pretty impressive young people from the community.  Plus, my family came to cheer me on.  What a great day.

 

Robert and I sign books after the presentation.  

Robert and I sign books after the presentation.  

  Editor Marilyn Brigham, Illustrator Robert Casilla, and me!

 

Editor Marilyn Brigham, Illustrator Robert Casilla, and me!

The Amazing Kimberly Norman!

I want to introduce you to a new friend of mine.  Kimberly Norman is prolific author and an amazing ally in the writing community.  She helps her fellow writers by promoting our websites to folks interested in setting up school visits.  Isn't that awesome?  Check out her books.  They will make you laugh, sing and maybe even dance!  

Here is more information about Kim: 

Biography (from Amazon.com)

Kim Norman's children's books have been published by Dial, Dutton, Sterling and Scholastic. Her books have been well-reviewed in publications such as the New York Times and Publishers Weekly, and have been distributed in Scholastic Book Fairs and take-home Club fliers. Kim has built a national reputation as a school presenter, having done author visits in more than a hundred schools around the country.

Kim is an actress and singer, and has been known to practice her time step in a grocery line. Her books often feature animals, which were a big part of her childhood. Family pets included unusual critters such as a squirrel, an iguana and a raccoon named Danny.

She lives in Smithfield, Virginia, with the REAL Crocodaddy (her husband of more than 25 years.) They're the parents of two grown sons and the grandparents of one very large, shaggy Newfoundland. www.kimnormanbooks.com

 

Jane Addams Children's Book Award

Robert Casilla and I are among the 2013 honorees for this amazing award.  Read more about it:

The Jane Addams Children's Book Awards are given annually to the children's books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence. 

Visit the award website to discover authors that make a difference and books that rock!