4.19.2009

Texas Institute of Letters Awards Announced...

On April 18th, the Texas Institute of Letters named its award winners and runners-up. I was honored to serve and chair the Friends of the Austin Public Library Award for Best Children's Book and the Friends of the Austin Public Library Award for Best Young Adult Book committees, along with Jean Flynn and Bobbi Samuels. They made the work easy and fun. And thanks to TIL for the opportunity. To all of the authors and publishers who participated, thank you for the wonderful books that you are writing and publishing; our children and young adults will benefit greatly.

Here are the winners and runners-up:

In the Children's Book category,
the winner is
Benjamin Alire Saenz for his picture book A Perfect Season for Dreaming/Un tiempo perfecto para soñar, illustrated by Esau Andrade Valencia (Cinco Puntos Press).
The runners-up are
Ten-Gallon Bart and the Wild West Show by Susan S. Crummel
Join Hands by Pat Mora
Yellow Moon, Apple Moon by Pamela Porter
In the Young Adult Book category,
the winner is
Claudia Guadalupe Martinez for her first novel, The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos Press).

The runners-up are
Chicken Foot Farm by Anne Estevis
Birth of the Fifth Sun by Jo Harper (non-fiction)
My Life as a Rhombus by Varian Johnson

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