My Name is Bleassing has been nominated for the second annual 2014 Rainforest of Reading® Award. Congratulations to Eric Walters and Eugenie Fernandes!
My Name Is Blessing
Written by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 6-9
“This expressive picture book, based on a real family, lovingly tells a hard story with a twist. It’s difficult to broach poverty, disability and custody issues in so few pages without sounding maudlin, but Walters manages by speaking simply. . . . With dignity and quiet acceptance, this story illustrates that blessings, like family, can take unexpected forms.” — Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
The Rainforest of Reading Award is a book festival featuring award-winning children’s books from Canada; it has planted roots in every primary school in Saint Lucia, Grenada and Montserrat. It is the largest literacy initiative ever undertaken in a region still reeling from infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Ivan (2006) and Hurricane Tomas (2010) and the economic impact of a global recession.
Congratulations to the other nominees as well!
Don’t Laugh at Giraffe written and illustrated by Rebecca Bender
Willow Finds a Way written by Lana Button, illustrated by Tania Howells
Skink on the Brink written by Lisa Dalrymple, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Postcards from Space: The Chris Hadfield Story written by Heather Down
Gabby written by Joyce Grant, illustrated by Jan Dolby
And the Winner is … Amazing Animal Athletes written by Etta Kaner, illustrated by David Anderson
Pterosaur Trouble written by Daniel Loxton, illustrated by Daniel Loxton with Jim W. W. Smith
Mr. Flux written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Matte Stephens
Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior, illustrated by Laura James
Kenta and the Big Wave written and illustrated by Ruth Ohi