Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CHALK Wins The Connecticut Book Award

I am thrilled that CHALK was selected as a winner at the 2011 Connecticut Book Awards in the Children's Illustrator category. The Connecticut Book Awards, sponsored by the Connecticut Center For The Book, recognize and honor books with specific ties to the state of Connecticut. The author, illustrator, or designer must be native-born or have been a legal resident of Connecticut for at least three years, or the book must have a Connecticut setting in order to be considered. Andrea Wisnewski's "The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane" was also selected as the winner- this was the first year that two books were selected as winners in the Children's Illustrator category. My book, Baseball Hour, previously won the Connecticut Book Award (Children's Illustrator) in 2009, and Karate Hour and Building with Dad were both selected as finalists in 2005 and 2007 respectively. The Connecticut Center For The Book does a magnificent job of celebrating and promoting books of all kinds.


  1. Congratulations on your recent award.

    I picked up your book Chalk by chance at our public library; I just grabbed a few titles, glanced at the cover to see if they looked any good, and checked them out. My two boys loved this book. The older one is almost 5 and isn't yet reading but once I started tell the story he would then dive right in and want to read it to me. My baby is 17 months and he got so excited about this book that he was constantly asking me to read it "Chalk! Chalk!" I was nursing him to sleep one night and he stopped eating and went "ahhh" while waving his hands and his eyes were all bright with excitement. Then I realized that he was recounting the story to me

    1. Thanks for taking the time to write and comment on CHALK, Ann! Hearing how your family enjoyed it is truly heartwarming!