Alison’s latest picture book, Leaving Mr. Humphries, has just been shortlisted for the 2015 Shining Willow Award. Leaving Mr. Humphries deals with questions about a favourite teddy bear, connecting with a grandparent and growing up, and evokes the Dorset, Ontario cottage where Alison’s dad spent all of his childhood summers when he was a boy. Alison’s talented artist cousin, Gretchen Ehrsam of Seattle, WA, did the linocut-and-watercolour illustrations. The two cousins have visited the cottage in Dorset several times, and twice had the opportunity to enjoy it at the same time, along with other relatives. This labour of love was orchestrated by publisher Heather Nickel of Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing.
Alison is absolutely thrilled at this exciting news. This is the third time that Leaving Mr. Humphries has been placed on the shortlist for an award.
Saskatchewan’s Willow Awards involve schools all across the province. The winner is chosen after tallying children’s votes for their favourite book – in the case of the Shining Willow Award, children in grades K-3. http://www.willowawards.ca/