So, I was so happy to see what Penguin (my publisher for the Good Knight Series) had cooked up for a couple of my books. They are re-releasing GOOD NIGHT, GOOD KNIGHT and GET WELL, GOOD KNIGHT as part of their Penguin Young Reader Program. I am thrilled, because that means more books in the hands of young readers!!
And look, they even did a little redesign on the covers:
|This one releases in September.|
|This one comes out in January|
And I don't know how many of you are familiar with the Imagination Library, but it is a program (started by Dolly Parton) that puts books into the hands of children FOR FREE. I have been honored by the fact that they have been giving away TAKE CARE, GOOD KNIGHT in their program:
Here is a nice article about how some really great people who have made such a difference in the lives of preschool children in their community by seeing that books get into the hands of kids. I mean, 10,000 books! (That's a lot of books!)
Of course, my favorite part of the article was this quote:
Sometime this summer, the 10,000th free book was delivered to a child’s mail box. It may have been Julie Chaffee’s. Chaffee, 5, loves receiving the books in the mail. Her favorite is “Take Care, Good Knight” by Shelley Moore Thomas. “I like it because I get to read it to my dolly that I got at the garage sale,” she said.
Yes, I melted a little. And there could have been a tear. Because that's what it's all about when you write for children, getting the book into the tiny little hands and having them read it (or having someone read it to them).
It's why we do what we do.
And Kudos to both Penguin and Dolly Parton for doing their part in helping our children become literate. Knowledge is Power, and the better you can read, the more knowledge is available to you and the more control you will eventually have in determining your own destiny.
(Sorry to go all Jedi on you, but this is important, folks. Kids need reading. They need books!)