Very nice news to wake to on this Mother's Day morning. When I Was Small has won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize (sponsored by Ampersand Inc.) at the BC Books Gala.
Congratulations to illustrator Julie Morstad, designer Robin Mitchell-Cranfield, Simply Read Books editor Kallie George and publisher Dimiter Savoff.
I must say I like the way this prize recognizes a picture book as something beyond text and illustration by not singling out the creators individually - to me a picture book is ideally a synthesis of individual talents.
I never particularly set out to write picture books but it truly has been one of the great joys of my life. I liked what Maurice Sendak had to say about it being a transcendent experience ... it's a bit like motherhood that way.