Wednesday, January 30, 2013


So the big library awards were announced on Monday and my book did not receive one. Of course, I wasn't expecting one but I admit after hearing some very respectable people favoring it, I did nurture some hopes.

However, even though the award was not meant to be, it's been heartwarming to hear from individuals who thought the book was worthy. If anything it reminds me that my pact as an author is with the reader. I promise to create my absolute best for the readers of my book, not for a committee and not for an award. And the winning books are wonderful...heck, I probably would've chosen them over mine as well.

This year, while the winners were being called and announced I was at a doctor's appointment for Rain Dragon and she had to get her vaccination shots. I hate when she has to get shots, I've had to hold her while the nurse pricks her and she looks at me with wails of betrayal.  I feel awful;  the last time she got her shot I had to close my eyes and not watch.

But on Monday, for the very first time she didn't cry. When the nurse poked her with the needle, she tensed up, screwed up her face but didn't cry. She just sucked her fingers and looked at me as if to say, "Now, can we go home?"

I wouldn't be human if I didn't admit I was a little disappointed about the awards, but if Rain Dragon can be that brave, I think her mama can take some lumps too.

Congrats to all the winners!!


Rachael Stein said...

Oh holy cow, that is a cute baby. I will be happy to hold Rain Dragon during all of your programs here in Maryland!

And we love Starry River here.

Even in Australia said...

I often cried more than my babies did when they got their shots!

Wendy said...

That's disappointing. On a positive note, my 1st grade daughter's health teacher read The Ugly Vegetables to her class yesterday. She was so excited she knew who you were and that she has your other books, she had to tell him all about them!

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Your talent and your professionalism are why you are one of my favorite children's authors, Grace. I loved Starry River of the Sky. It sits proudly next to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Thanks for being human.

Katyhudak said...

What an honest, lovely post. And Rain Dragon is the cutest thing ever.

Amy said...

I got an email from Amazon Monday announcing the awards, and my first first thought was of you. Where was Starry River?

But, you are still one of our very favorite children's authors, award or not!!

Grace Lin said...

Thanks, everyone for your nice words. I'm so glad so many of you enjoy my books with or without shiny stickers on them!

:^) said...

I was so disappointed that Starry River of the Sky did not win the Newbery this year, but I will be excited to eventually read the books that were honored with awards and I am inspired by your grace and humility in dealing with a bit of disappointment. I am in the process of reading all of the Newbery books in order (I started with 1922's winner and I'm into the 1980s now.) and having read so many winners, I would place your work among the very best of them. Thank you for writing what you do!

Our family has read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon over and over, and have enjoyed Starry River of the Sky every bit as much -- simply magical storytelling! I think I have recommended your books to everyone I know.

With gratitude,