Wild One has been receiving so much love from Ontarian librarians! In December, Wild One was selected by the Toronto Public Library as one of their First and Best books for 2017, and now she’s been selected by the Ontario Library Association for their Best Bets 2017 list!
The OLA Best Bets list “evolved from a list put out by the Canadian Materials Committee of the Children’s Services Guild. A second annual list highlighting materials for young adults was added in 2006.
The OLA’s Best Bets Committee selects books on the basis of their literary/artistic merit as well as their appeal for children and young adults. Text and illustrations are of equal importance in picture books and information books.”
I’m beyond thrilled to know that my fellow librarians are enjoying Wild One, it really makes my heart sing to know that it’s being shared with children at libraries across the province. I was actually born in Ontario, though I moved out west as a small child, and my mother grew up just outside of Toronto, so I definitely feel a special connection with our most populous province.
And look at the incredible books on that list! I never thought I’d be included on a list with Ashley Spires, Lemony Snicket, Linda Bailey, the Fan brothers, and so many other incredible talented creators, sometimes I just have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming all this up.
I’m so, so happy to see all the love that Wild One has been receiving here in Canada, and I can’t wait to share her with my American friends soon – I hope you all love her as much as I do!