13.5.12

Mom, tell me about when you were small too....

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.

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