Monday, June 20, 2016

Good News!

Hey everyone!
I've been meaning to share some recent good news with everyone. Boats for Papa was given the Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book Text for 2016! I'm so thrilled by such a great honor. This book means so much to me and to have it acknowledged by SCBWI is sooooo huge!
Thank you so much! I even get to put a big shiny gold sticker on my book!!! woo hoo

I will be accepting the award at this year's SCBWI Conference in L.A. alongside other amazing and talented peers in the picture book world. Ahhhhh!!!

And if that's not enough, just this past weekend my second picture book Before I Leave was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review! I'm having another one of those "am I dreaming?" sort of moments. To have received a review once was a lifetime achievement, but twice??? Uh-mazing.

Okay, glowing moment over. But I had to share it online so one day when I'm old and forgetful I can go onto my blog and get a reminder for this cool moment.



Sandra Jenkins said...

Congratulations! "Boats for Papa" was an instant favorite. The award is well deserved. Can't wait to read "Before I Leave."

Brooke Boynton-Hughes said...

Yes!!! That sticker looks perfect and is soooo well deserved! I can't wait to watch you accept your award! :)

Jessixa Bagley said...

Thanks so much! It's going to take a lot for me not to totally lose it when I accept the award!

Michelle Goldman said...

My husband and I read Boats for Papa to our daughter this week and I can honestly say, it was one of the most touching books we have read. Thank you for sharing and creating! The Oregon Coast holds a special place in my heart as well.

Rebecca said...

I was so happily surprised when I saw the Anteater on the cover of "Before I Leave."
Your illustrations of the anteater are so perfect and even the expressions on their faces. What inspired you to pick an anteater to illustrate and write about? My grandson was given University of California, Irvine's Peter the Anteater when he was born and has a collection. He is my best friend and had to move last year. Your book was so perfectly touching. We had never been apart. I am short and round and wear glasses like the hedgehog. He is strong and tall with a happy face like the anteater. We call him Anteater Boy. He was 11 and I was 61. Thank you for this. I am sending it to him in the mail. YaYa & her best friend Renito