Thursday, September 2, 2010

A shiny sticker on my book!

Gotta love shiny stickers!

CORA COOKS PANCIT was the Picture Book Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

The awards gala was during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in June. I loved getting to meet the author of Cora Cooks Pancit at the awards gala; she's a wonderful woman. Most of the time as an illustrator I don't have any contact with my authors; the publishers like to keep us separate so we can work more creatively in telling our own half of the picture book story.

In this book, Cora loves the kitchen but her older brother and sisters always get to help with the real cooking while she gets stuck with kid jobs like licking the spoon. When her older siblings head out for the day, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama's assistant chef. She chooses to make her Grandpa's pancit recipe, a Filipino noodle dish. The recipe is in the book and it's yummy.

This has been a busy and wonderful year for me. Cora won this award, I had a baby girl, and I've illustrated 4 more picture books for great publishers: Albert Whitman & Co, Accord/Andrews McMeel, and Standard Publishing.

Kristi Valiant


Ginger*:) said...

{{{{KRISTI}}}} your work on this book is fantastic. Every page is alive with color, harmony and delight. You deserve every award and contract you get, and you have a wonderful new baby in addition.

Congratulations on a wonderful year, stickers and all.

Ginger*:) said...

Hi Krisit,
You are featured on the PICTURE BOOKIES facebook page too!

Kristi Valiant said...

Thanks Ginger!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OH MY goodness and Praise the LORD!! How fabulous is this wonderful news! Oh Honey, it could not have been given to a more wonderful person and book!!! Thats only your first one! More are on the way of this I am sure. Get the husband and the baby and y'all all do the Happy Dance. I am so very, very Happy for YOU GIRLY!!!
he he he he

Kristi Valiant said...

Vanessa, you're such an encouraging and uplifting gal! Thanks so much!!

Roberta said...

Congratulations Kristi! It's so well deserved!