Last week I learned that my most recently published book, City of Orphans, was nominated for the Vermont children’s choice award, which they call the Vermont Golden Dome Book Award. It’s a big thing for writers who are nominated for these awards. It means that many more libraries, school and public, will put the book on their shelves. Many more kids will read the book. These awards are unique because the kids pick the winner. To win is a special honor, deeply satisfying. These children’s choice awards are a reminder of what the whole enterprise of children’s books is all about—the kids.