MORE-IGAMI nominated for awards in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Arkansas

I’ve just found out that librarians in Pennsylvania and Kentucky have been sharing More-igami with their young readers all school year long as part of their states’ children’s book awards programs.

More-igami is a 2017-18 nominee for the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award and the Kentucky Bluegrass Award. It’s also been named to the 2018-19 list for the Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award.

In addition, votes are still coming in for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award.

All of these awards are decided by children, who spend the year reading the nominated books — or having the books read aloud to them — then voting for their favorite.

At the risk of being cliché, no matter what book comes out on top, it is a joy to be nominated, and to know that young readers are spending time with More-igami.

Kentucky School for the Blind

More-igami earns Ridgway Honor Award

I’m deeply grateful to announce that I’ve been selected to receive a Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Award for More-igami.

The Ridgway Award is given annually “in recognition of an outstanding debut in the world of children’s picture books.” Established in 1993, the award is named for an artist’s representative who took a special interest in new authors and illustrators just breaking into the publishing business.

Winners are selected by a group of published authors and illustrators.

More-igami “too good to miss,” says NAEYC’s magazine

More-igami was among a handful of “new children’s books too good to miss” featured in the May 2017 issue of Young Children, the journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

“This story ties together themes of skill development, community, diversity, and good character. Classroom extension activities abound,” says the review.

Download a PDF of the complete “Reading Chair” article.

MORE-IGAMI nominated for Washington Children’s Choice PB Award

The Washington Library Association has released its list of nominees for the 2018 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award . . . and More-igami is on the list!

I’m extra happy about this nomination, because it means More-igami will be shared with children all over Washington. During the 2017-18 school year, librarians and teachers in public and private schools throughout the state will read all the nominated books to students in kindergarten through third grade. Then the kids will vote for their favorites. How wonderful to know that my story will be heard by thousands of school children — an author’s dream come true.

Get to know me: Candlewick’s Five Questions (Plus One)

Dori at CandlewickDuring my recent trip to Boston, I got to visit the Candlewick Press offices. So lovely. Have you ever seen a four-foot bear made out of LEGOs? I have — in Candlewick’s lobby!

While I was there, they filmed an interview with me as part of their “Five Questions (Plus One!)” series. Watch the video to find out about my path to becoming an author and see one toddler’s adorable reaction to More-igami.