Congratulations to volunteer Joyce Sidman, who has been named a Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in Children’s Literature! Joyce has been nominated for her book, “Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature,” illustrated by Beth Krommes. Winners for the Minnesota Book Award will be announced April 14th, 2012.

About Joyce:

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Volunteer Joyce Sidman (pictured with a past award-winning book!)

Joyce Sidman is the author of many award-winning children’s poetry books, including the Newbery Honor-winning Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, and two Caldecott Honor books: Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems (also a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award winner) and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors (which won the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award). She teaches poetry writing to school children and participates in many national poetry events, including the annual “Poetry Blast” at the American Library Association meeting. Her recent book, Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, has been critically acclaimed and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Joyce lives with her husband near a large woodland in Wayzata, Minnesota. 

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*Biography excerpted from Joyce’s website: http://www.joycesidman.com

Congratulations on the nomination, Joyce, and thank you for sharing your time & talents with Children’s!