Happy New Year, book lovers!
As I write this on New Year's Eve Day, I'm feeling a bit sentimental as I reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead. There were many highlights for Capstone in 2015 — too many to list here. But I thought I'd share a sampling of a few of our proudest moments . . .
We celebrated the five-year anniversary of Katie Woo!
Author and illustrator Nancy Carlson was selected for the first Capstone Fellowship in children's literature. She spent a month at the Anderson Center in Red Wing working on new projects.
Book-O-Beards won the 2015 Tillywig Toy & Media Laugh Out Loud Award.
PebbleGo Next won the 2015 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence.
Snowboard Hero was a Spring 2015 Junior Library Guild selection.
Two Capstone titles were selected for the Children’s Choices 2015 reading list, a cooperative project of the International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association) and the Children’s Book Council — Because I Stubbed My Toe by Shawn Byous and The Dark Lady from the Sherlock, Lupin, and Me series.
Batman Science was not only included on the prestigious 2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers reading list, but was also on the Top Ten Quick Picks list, one of only three nonfiction titles to receive this honor!
Our very own Michael Dahl surprised his biggest fan in England!
Additionally, we participated in many fun volunteer events, including handing out free books to St. Paul Public School students with the summer food truck lunch program and helping kindergarteners at a Minneapolis elementary school write and illustrate their own books! We launched the Capstone Cookie Club, and began having FUN meetings (which include candy, board games, and intense coloring sessions!) to help us brainstorm book ideas. We had countless good Thursday Lunches, craft and bookstore outings, and — of course — did lots and lots of hard, rewarding work.
We're looking forward to sharing more books with you in 2016. In the meantime, we wish you lots of good reads!
— Eliza Leahy, Associate Editor