Thursday, May 21, 2009

RICKSHAW GIRL Goes the Distance

My first novel for younger readers (as opposed to teens), published in 2007, is doing okay. Here are some of the reasons why kids in several states are reading RICKSHAW GIRL 2-3 years after publication:
Nominated for the 2010 New York Charlotte Children's Book Award

Nominated for the 2010 Oklahoma Sequoyah Award

Nominated for the 2010 Arkansas Charlie May Simon Award

Nominated for the 2010 Rhode Island Children's Book Award

Nominated for the 2010 South Carolina Children's Book Award

Nominated for the 2010 Children's Crown Award

Nominated for the 2009 Massachusetts Children's Book Awards

Maine Library Association Lupine Honor Book
Nice, right? The advances and royalties might be heftier if I wrote for adults, but this particular book has showcased two financial advantages of writing for kids:
  1. the buying power of educational markets, keeping books in print
  2. the supplemental income of author visits
Thank you, schools and libraries, for continuing to put Naima's story into the hands and minds of young readers. I'm also grateful to Charlesbridge and editor Judy O'Malley for acquiring and championing the book (which was rejected quite a few times by other houses.)

2 comments:

  1. Congrats on the great awards Rickshaw girl has won! It totally deserves them. Great stuff!!

    Have an awesome long weekend,

    Nisha<3

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  2. Extraordinary. Congratulations! Yes, these books—your books, have staying power.

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