Thanks from Happy Authors and Illustrators

Book Verdict

Thanking Those Who Thank Us
by Jeanette Rivard

Twice yearly, in February and again in August, JLG sends out award packets to the authors and illustrators of the books we have selected for the forthcoming span. Here is a sampling from the letter that is sent:

"Congratulations! In keeping with our goal of providing extraordinary reading experiences for children and young adults, [Title] has been awarded the designation, “A Junior Library Guild Selection” for our fall 2016 span.
The Junior Library Guild Selection designation is unique in that it is typically awarded so early—often in advance of publication. With its distinction as one of the first awards given, it is often viewed as a bellwether of future success.
It is our pleasure to provide you with the enclosed awards packet: a JLG lapel pin and a certificate suitable for framing."

I am always surprised and flattered by the flurry of responses we receive from the authors and illustrators once they have received their awards. The gratitude they feel is expressed in many ways: Social Media, email, and more often than I ever would have expected, a handwritten note! Since my signature is on the award letter, those emails and notes come directly to me. And here, we are sharing them with you.

A Face Like Glass
by Frances Hardinge

Many thanks for the letter, and for the lovely certificate and lapel pin! I'm very honoured to hear that A Face Like Glass is included in the JLG Selection for 2017. What wonderful news!
Best wishes, Frances



Island of Exiles
by Erica Cameron

Thank you, @jrlibraryguild, for the certificate and pin! I’m so honored that #IslandofExiles is a Spring 2017 selection. I’ll wear it with pride.


An Excessive Alphabet: Avalanches of As to Zillions of Zs
by Judi Barett
illustrations by Ron Barret

Avalanches of Thanks

Thank you so much for designating An Excessive Alphabet: Avalanches of A’s to Zillions of Z’s a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2016. I am honored and grateful. The certificate and lapel pin are the whipped cream and cherry on top. The pin is just what my vacant lapel will be looking for after the button of the candidate of my choice has been removed.
Regards, Ron Barrett


Real Cowboys
by Kate Hoefler
illustrated by Jonathan Bean

(The cowboys tip their hats too). ;)

Just wanted to thank you, again and again, for passing on such good news about Real Cowboys being a Junior Library Guild Selection. I feel so incredibly honored. What full-heart news! Thanks again. This means so much.
Warmly, Kate