Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Liebster Award

Four people honored me with the Liebster Award in the last couple of weeks and each time it was such a pleasant surprise. It’s awarded to blogs with less than 200 followers to generate attention and create new connections. Liebster is German for dearest, beloved or favorite.

When you get one you add the logo to your blog, thank the person who awarded it and link back to their blog. And then give a Liebster to 5 bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.

Big thanks go out to Penny Klostermann, Angela Peña Dahle, Jennifer Kirkeby and Lynda Shoup for brightening my day with a Liebster.

And then there’s that matter of five random things about me.

1) I’m a New England/New York City girl living in France.

2) I won the National Grand Prize of the Cappy Dick contest in the Sunday comics when I was 10 years old: a set of the World Book Encyclopedia AND atlas. I still remember what my entry looked like (word puzzle and drawing).

3) I used to live in Little Italy, NYC over an Italian caffe. It was noisy.

4) I used to live a stone’s throw from the Château de Versailles and worked in what was, in Louis’s day, the stables of the king as an English teacher to architecture students.

5) I volunteered at a restoration in the French Alpes of an old fortress called La Redoute Marie-Thérèse … for six weeks. If you see a crooked little stone wall there, you can be sure that I made it.

Without further ado I will pass the good vibes along.

Juriko Kosaka is an English language enthusiast who loves drawing and painting. She’s such a dedicated sketcher of things like food, people on the Tokyo subway, desktops. Right now she’s posting a Drawing-a-Day. You will love Juri's blog and tweets in English and Japanese.

Jean Reidy is the author of picture books Too Purpley!, Too Pickley!, Too Princessy! and Light up the Night. She is the champion of worthy causes. Sometimes she has giveaways on her blog where you can win a manuscript critique. What are you waiting for?! Go look.

Elizabeth Stevens Omlor’s blog is called "Banana Peelin': The Ups and Downs of Becoming a Children's Writer" and she’s gotten the down and dirty from the likes of Tara Lazar, Iza Trapani and Katie Davis among others. Find out what faux pas they made on their journey in the publishing industry. Hurry!

Lisha Cauthen says "I write YA novels for boys that girls like to read too. About normal kids who have abnormal things happen to them. Let’s call it horror, for now," on her blog "The Imaginal Realm." She is funny and knows a lot about this writing stuff. She’s an active member of SCBWI Kansas and edits their Sunflower Scoop. Her tweets @lishacauthen are legend.

Sylvia Liu is so great at passing along helpful information. She writes and illustrates for children and is interested in things like "kraken, flotsam and robots." I’m going back to her blog to find out what kraken is. See you there!


  1. Aww, thanks so much, Dana. I am honored! And I have enjoyed your blog greatly too.

  2. Envious! How fabulous to work on a fortress!

    This is such a wonderfully diverse group of blogs. I started following Sylvia the other day, and just now got lost in Jean Reidy's world. Fun! :)

    1. Hi Renée! Glad you stopped by. And yes, those blogs are fun. Like yours!

  3. Hi Dana! What a big honor!
    Thank you very much!
    I saw others' blogs later:)

  4. Congrats on your Liebsters, Dana! You have lived in some cool places!

    I've seen that wiggly wall in la Redoute Marie Thérèse!! Just kidding :-)

    And congrats to the five lovely new recipients!

    1. Ha! I'm proud of that wall, Joanna--it stands out. :)

  5. You won the grand prize from Cappy Dick? I am seething with jealousy, over here. I entered that thing so many frickin' times. Ah well, at least now I am the proud owner of the Liebster Blog Award! Somehow, it makes it all worthwhile. Thank you!

    1. I am thrilled you remember Cappy Dick, Lisha. I got the local prize for Connecticut many times. I found out about the Grand Prize from a neighbor who read about it in the newspaper! I had to dig OUR newspaper out of the garbage to read the article. Sweet memories! ;)

  6. Congratulations on winning the Liebster, Dana! I'm just now getting to my backlog of blog posts, lol. Sounds like you have lived in some amazing places. My sister would be very jealous of you living in France! And I love your bird illustrations on your blog!

    Dana Atnip

  7. Thanks, Dana! It's so nice to meet another Dana. See you at the 12X12 :)