2010 Award Winners

     The American Library Association has just released the 2010 list of literary award winners for the most prestigious awards that children’s books can receive.

     The John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature goes to When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and published by Wendy Lamb Books.

     The Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children is The Lion & the Mouse, written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and published by LIttle, Brown, and Company Books for Young Readers.

     The ALA announced many other awards and honors bestowed. You can find the announcement here and immediately add to your own reading list.

USA Today’s List of 2009 Best-Sellers

     USA Today has released its list of best-selling books for 2009. I’m happy to say that I’ve read most of top ten at least, which I’ve listed below, and many others are on my to-read list.

     It’s no surprise that numbers one through four are New Moon, Eclipse, Twilight, and Breaking Dawn, in that order, all by Stephenie Meyer. Next come The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and The Shack by William P. Young. Numbers seven and eight are both Diary of a Wimpy Kid installments, The Last Straw and Dog Days by Jeff Kinney. Rounding out the last two places are Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey and Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin.

     Wondering how many of the books on USA Today’s list you’ve read? Check it out here and congratulate yourself for a year of good reading.

Meeting a Goal

     Wow, it feels great to reach a goal. I’d hoped to finish a revision on a work in progress by the end of 2009, and I did it! I feel the piece is much stronger now than before and I’m really very pleased with it.

     Now to move on to a Young Adult project that I’ve put on hold for half a year (It’s amazing how time flies!). It’s fun rereading what I’d put down so far; I’m liking the direction. I’ve got a long way to go before that manuscript’s finished, but the fun is in the journey.

     Here’s hoping your goals for 2010 are met and exceeded! A new year, a new decade, a new chance to show ’em how it’s done!