The New York Public Library has chosen ONE CAME HOME for its "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" List.
It's a huge honor to be included on this influential list. (And man, the other writers on the list too... good gravy!)
As a Wisconsin kid, the "100 Titles" list was one of those behind-the-scenes book lists for me. I'd head into the children's section sure as anything that I was choosing my own books. I read what I wanted with not one jot of help -- thank you very much!
But beware: librarians are wily. They get to know you, and pretty soon, you're taking recommendations whether you know it or not! (I love librarians, don't you?) Anyway, THIS is one of those lists. It helps educators, librarians and kids all across the United States find the stories that might excite that particular kid who likes -- I don't know... ah, passenger pigeons? A mystery? opinionated folks who are sure they're right up until the moment they're not?
Anyway, I didn't know much about this list until I became a children's book reviewer. But at that point? I couldn't help but know all about it.
Thank you New York Public Library! I'm humbled to be included with those other writers, and I'm so glad you guys do this work of making up yearly lists to help us all. Thank you! I'm also really excited because I know this means more kids -- a lot more kids -- are going to get a chance to read ONE CAME HOME.
Thank you, New Public Library!