Last week while Hamline students were at the on-campus residency in St. Paul, the ALA Awards were announced at the annual Mid-Winter conference. The exciting news (for fresh young writers, that is) is that both the Newbery and the Caldecott awards went to a first-time published author and illustrator. This is unusual, and should be hopeful to all you starting out! In case you have not yet seen the complete list go here.


p class=”MsoNormal”> AND to top it all off Hamline’s own Ron Koertge made the ALA Fiction Best Book list for his outstanding novel, Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs. Yippeeee, Ron!