You have got to be kidding me.
I seriously wouldn't believe it if I didn't have a few wrinkled jack-o-lanterns on my front porch.
I'm having a wild and juggley fall and there are many days when blogging takes a back seat to other business. So, in an attempt to catch up, here's a scatter-shot of news I've been meaning to share:
1. The General Mills Spoonful of Stories poll is now closed. I owe you all a humungous stupendous debt of gratitude for voting with vigor! The official la-de-da announcement won't come 'til January, but by all accounts ALL THE WORLD is going to be one of five books in select Cheerios boxes in 2010. And that is all thanks to you good people. I'm just tickled, and the kids getting books with their breakfast will be, too.
2. Got word this week that ALL THE WORLD is a Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book of 2009. Yipes! Just reading the other names and titles on this list is enough to bring me to my knees. (And also squee with glee for fellow Austin authors Chris Barton and Jacqueline Kelly...)
3. Also just in -- ALL THE WORLD made the New York Public Library's recommended list of 100 Children's Books for Reading and Sharing! (Cheers again to Chris and Jackie, and co-Beach Lane Bookers Mem Fox and Jan Thomas!) Yippee!
4. Huge whoppin' thank yous to Clay Smith and all the good folks at the Texas Book Festival. I don't know if they arranged for the weather, but boy-oh-man was it perfection. My reading was launched by the most delightful 1st grade class from Casis Elementary who made up a song for me! I'm not kidding! I about fell over and it would've been a soft landing if I had because I was on Cloud Nine. Oh, yes I was.
5. This Saturday I'm speaking at the monthly SCBWI meeting in Austin. I'll be at BookPeople at 11 am, talking about Going with your Gut. (If I can make friends with my PowerPoint program that is.) This event is open to the public and ya'll are welcome to come on by.
6. Here the books that have recently blown the top off my brain. I will post about them separately and with more attention soon, but in the meantime, scurry to the library and get in line to read:
Operation YES by Sara Lewis Holmes
Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Stitches by David Small
(Yes, to get on my list you apparently have to have a double-barreled surname or be called David.
I can't explain it... it's just the way it is.)
7. Happy Wednesday, my friends. Namaste...