Since I started teaching elementary school and sharing books with my students over 20 years ago, I have admired and devoured the books that have received the annual Caldecott Medal and Honors. As a new librarian, I was delighted to share these special books with more and more readers and to introduce them to artistic elements and mediums. A favorite yearly activity became issuing a Caldecott Challenge and hearing from students which of the winners were among their favorites.
It has been a longtime dream of mine to serve on the Caldecott Committee. As a lover of literature, art and design, I've always felt this would be such an incredible experience. I am over the moon to report that I will be on the ballot for the 2014 committee! It is a long shot, but it's a shot. I am truly honored to be considered and beyond thrilled at the possibility of serving on this esteemed selection committee. Thank you, ALSC (and to a special friend who suggested my name to the committee!), for this amazing opportunity!