2011 Book Award Ceremony RtCol

2011 Winners’ Acceptance Speeches

LaurelCroza_152New Writer
Laurel Croza
“I was a dreamer who dreamed—for 20 years in my heated house—of becoming a writer. It was fun—absolutely no toil and struggle involved—and it was easy. Best of all, it was safe. But then one morning I woke up and understood that safe was no longer an option.”
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TaoNyeu_152New Illustrator
Tao Nyeu

“…I have to thank the committee for their faith in me in honor of Ezra Jack Keats, someone who strove to enrich children’s lives through stories and art. It will be a constant reminder to always approach my work with that ideal in mind, to always do my very best for this most important of audiences. I couldn’t ask for better inspiration and motivation.”

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