Keystone to Reading Book Award

I'm excited to learn that THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST has been shortlisted for a Keystone to Reading Book award in the intermediate elementary category for 2020-2021! Check out all of the wonderful titles with the link below: Click HERE for the list of titles Click HERE to learn more about the Keystone State Literacy Association

Jadav Payeng

When I set out on the journey of writing about Jadav Payeng, I began with an image of him standing in his forest. Years later, this journey has come full circle. I am overwhelmed with emotion as I share images of Jadav holding his book! Huge thanks to Sleeping Bear Press and Beda Dutta of Ygdrasil Bamboo Cottages for helping to get these books to Majuli Island in India. Also, special thanks to Munmuni Payeng for sharing this photos with us. I have received the kindest messages from so many individuals in Assam. I am immensely grateful to have been able to share Jadav's story with young readers. I truly hope Jadav and Majuli Island continue to inspire children everywhere. Thank you!

Florida State Book Award

THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST has just been awarded the Gold Medal for Young Children's Literature in the Florida State Book Award for 2019-2020. What an honor! As stated by the awards committee: "The Florida Book Awards, coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, is the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the best Florida literature." Click HERE or click the link below for more information:

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