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.