The start of 2018 is as good a time as any to post about awards from 2017! Thérèse Makes a Tapestry won a Bronze PubWest Book Design Award in the Children’s/Young Adult Book, Illustrated category, as well as a 2017 Outstanding Achievement award from the Wisconsin Library Association. Hip hip hooray!
I am delighted to learn that Thérèse Makes a Tapestry is included in CCBC Choices 2016. I spent many hours in the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) during my library school days, poring over copies of CCBC Choices, and flopped on the floor reading piles of children’s books. It is truly an honor to have my own book included in such a thoughtfully curated collection!
“This fictionalized account sparkles with detail […]. Through careful prose and detailed illustration, the book reveals the steps involved in creating delicate tapestries that appear as vibrant today as they did over 300 years ago.” – Literary Kids
I love getting to answer fun questions (what literary character would YOU vacation with?), and I had the chance to do that for The Children’s Book Review in a “My Writing & Reading Life” feature. Read the questions and my answers here. Check out illustrator Renée Graef’s feature, “Illustration Inspiration.”
I had the pleasure of writing a piece on the creation of Thérèse Makes a Tapestry for The Iris, the Getty’s online magazine. Read the article, entitled “Weaving with Words: Telling the Story of Thérèse.”
“The vibrant imagery and detailed story […] simply draw readers into the fascinating story, delighting them with surprises.” – Maine News Online
“If you are looking for a book for your child that stretches the imagination and encourages them to push and challenge the status quo, you will not be disappointed. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is poignant, but exciting. […] This work is a true treasure for your child’s library.” – BlogCritics (chosen for BC’s Editor Picks)