When it rains, it pours, and the beginning of March saw not just snow and rain, but also a slew of awards. So where to start? Well, there was the Scottish Children's Book Awards which saw Cathy MacPhail win for her young adult thriller Mosi's War.
The Lambda Literary Award announced its finalists for its LGBT Children's/Young Adult which included Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speek Out by Susan Kuklin and Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.
SCBWI just announced their Golden Kite winners. Revolution but Deborah Wiles won the fiction category.
Finally, the Los Angeles Times awarded its book prizes for young adult literature to five authors including Jacqueline Woodson for Brown Girl Dreaming and E.K. Johnston for The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim.
Congratulations to all the lucky winners!
If that's not inspiration enough to get your hiney back in your chair and start writing, here's an interview with Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist of the New York Public Library who also happens to be a successful blogger and author. Here she talks about going from "Invisible" Introvert to Author, Critic, Blogger and Librarian.
Finally, a bit of industry news. Want to see what's coming up in the YA world? Check out what the U.S. Agencies will be selling at Bologna later this month. It's an exciting year for sure!