The nominees for the 2015 Nene Awards are in, and we're thrilled to see some familiar names on the list. The Nene is Hawaii's official state children's book award, and the nominated books are read and voted on by grades 4-6 statewide. How cool is that?
Huge Launchpad congratulations to all the wonderful nominees, with a special shout-out to the following VCFA faculty members and alums:
Kathi Appelt and The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2013).
Marion Dane Bauer and Little Dog, Lost (Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2012).
Sue Cowing and You Will Call Me Drog (Carolrhoda Books 2011). (Sue is an alum of VCFA's fantastic MFA in Writing program and is a wonderful advocate of children's lit in Hawaii and beyond!)
Annemarie O'Brien and Lara's Gift (Knopf Books for Young Readers 2013).
Trent Reedy and Stealing Air (Arthur A. Levine Books 2012).
Of course, the biggest winners are the kids of Hawaii who get to read all these great books!