...all of us. I've been able to watch the last two years of the ALA Youth Media Awards live online because of snow days. Thanks, January in Michigan! Today, like everything in the past year, was different. I had the awards on mute in the background while I attended a zoom meeting. Thanks to Twitter, I caught up on all the winners throughout the day and I just love all of it. I love that everyone is genuinely happy for each other. I love that my entire feed was filled with virtual hugs for authors and illustrators. I love that hard work pays off. I love that the first woman BIPOC won the Caldecott. I love that women creators were well-represented in general. I love that for a whole day we can geek out about the genius of kidlit. I haven't read a single mean tweet today and that, my friends, is a good day. Congratulations to all the winners and to anyone who had a book published in 2020. What a year to have your dreams come true.
Check out the full list of winners here: