Jim Barnes presents the Moonbeams gold medal.

Jim Barnes presents the Moonbeams gold medal.

I attended the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards ceremony January 23rd in Denver. One of Stephen’s Press’ books, Ensoñsación el Jardín de Sueños (Dreamygirl’s Field of Wishes) won a gold medal for best Spanish language picturebook. Since I live here in Colorado, and the book’s author Jorge Betancourt Polanco  wasn’t able to come I came instead. The book was warmly received and Jorge will receive a very cool medal. Congratulations Jorge!

I also took a quick walk through the exhibits at the ALA (American Librarians Assoc.) Midwinter Conference. There were a number of publisher’s booths and children’s books were much better represented than adult books. It was like a mini BEA except like 1/8 the size!

And on Monday it was anounced that Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book won the most prestigess Newbery award. That’s cool.  Congratulations to him too.