What a year! Celebrating firsts, clockwise from the top:
- First in-person book launch, held with family and friends, at Overflow Brewery in Ottawa
- This is the Boat that Ben Built was included in the Canadian Children’s Book News publication, and later in their Best Books for Kids and Teens. This is a photo of the shelf I put up in my office to celebrate these firsts.
- First time holding the book in my hands! I had gathered all the stuffed animals to celebrate with me, except for heron, who joined us a little later.
- This is the Boat that Ben Built was named an Ontario Library Association Best Bet – first “sticker” for the book!
- First time signing a book (I practiced a lot first!)
- First time finding the book in the public library – the same one I went to when I was a child.
- First time reading at a bookstore (Indigo Orleans)
- First time doing a virtual school visit for World Read Aloud day
Thanks to all the readers and supporters for a fantastic year of firsts!