Tomorrow I'm heading off to Yarmouth, NS to start my "Hackmatack Adventure". On Thursday I'm scheduled to speak to some of the Hackmatack kids in Yarmouth, then I go to Shelburne to chat with another group. I finish up Thursday evening in Halifax for a get together with the other nominated writers for a bit of social time. The award ceremony is Friday morning.
The Hackmatack Children's Choice Award is a literary program designed to promote reading and literacy in Atlantic Canadian children in grades 4 to 6. Each year 10 english and 10 french books are chosen to be read by children registered in their school to participate in the program. The children read all 10 and then vote for their favorite.
This is what makes the award special for authors since it's our readers that are voting. That's the best feed back you could get. My second book, "Emily Finds a Dragon" was nominated for the 2012-2013 school year. This was a big boost for me as it is the first book I've written for this age group.
I'll continue to post and share my adventure this week as it is all very new for me.