A few months ago, Rafael and I were flabbergasted (didn’t see it coming, nope!) and thrilled (over the moon) to hear our book, Giants Beware was nominated for the Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet Award. Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to meet with some Texas students through Google Hangouts (Hello, Ethridge Elementary!), and Rafael and his wife had a chance to travel to Austin (they had an amazing time) and visit lots of schools and meet many readers.
This would have been sufficiently great, but then we just heard we were second runner up, or as I like to call it, Third Place for the BB Award. First place went to 10 Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus, written by John Grandits and illustrated by Michael Allen Austin (congrats!) and Second place to RJ Palacio’s Wonder (well-done!).
Third place. Didn’t see this coming either. Nope. We’re thrilled (over the moon). Thanks to all the readers who voted for us and the other nominees. Thank you to all the librarians who invited us to talk with your students and supported Claudette. Congrats to all the other nominees. Lots of great books are on the list.
Thank you, Texas!