Sakura Medal Program

I am so excited to announce that BERNICE BUTTMAN, MODEL CITIZEN was nominated for a Sakura Medal. Here is all about this award as fround on their website: The Sakura Medal program brings together students from international schools across Japan each year to vote for their favorite books. The mission of the Sakura medal award program is to create a community of lifelong readers in international schools in Japan. We aim for a diverse selection of fantastic and engaging books. Major Themes Develop a lifelong love of reading Encourage reading, particularly outside the classroom setting Create a community of readers, both in our individual schools and in the wider international school community H


I have been a member of the Society of Children's book writer's and illustrators since 2013. That was the year I wrote my very first novel. I didn't even have a completed manuscript when I attended my first conference. It was such an amazing experience, listening to authors, agents and editors teach all about the industry. If you would have told that girl that a few short years later I would be on faculty at the same conference she would have laughed and cried at the same time! I had an amazing time last weekend presenting to my fellow writers all about how they can "Use the Enneagram to Craft Characters." I wasn't even all that nervous because I felt like I was among friends. I am so grate

Texas Bluebonnet Book Award

I am just beyond excited to announce that BERNICE BUTTMAN, MODEL CITIZEN was nominated for a Texas Bluebonnet Award! It is such an incredible honor. Twenty books were selected by Texas librarians and in January students (grades 3-6) will vote on their favorites.

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