Monday, September 08, 2008

Mr. Dogwood Wins WORLD

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! Happy Literacy Day! That's right - today is National Literacy Day! We hope this finds you celebrating the day by reading your favorite story!

Well, we promised you a big announcement on September 8th so here it is:

The World Association of Newspapers awarded our last newspaper serial story, Mr. Dogwood Goes to Washington first place in the special "Literacy and Newspaper" category for the 2008 World Awards. To say our family was excited is the understatement of the year!!! We still can't believe it. We were the only United States entry to win.

A great big thanks to the Lexington Herald Leader, all the newspapers who ran the stories, our sponsors (LG&E/KU/E.ON Companies, the Kentucky Press Association and the Kentucky Secretary of State). Of course we have to thank our illustrator, James Asher, who is the best illustrator in the entire world, and a big special thanks to Kriss Johnson (Aunt Kriss as we now call her) for directing this entire project. She worked countless hours on it. (I sound like I am accepting a Grammy Award.)

The judges loved the story, and in addition to the story and the illustrations, one of the things they loved most was how Chloe and I read the story. They thought we sounded great behind the microphone. That made us feel proud! We love being in the studio!!! We feel like rock stars!

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Aunt Kriss gets to go to Amsterdam (not to be confused with HAMSTER-dam as we first thought) to accept the award!!! We can't wait to hear about her trip!

I would tell you more, but Mom and Dad said that Chloe and I can be happy and celebrate, but we can't brag or rest on a prize. We still have lots of hard work ahead!!! So, with that, we are loading the Woody Bus headed to Estill County for a school all day tomorrow! Meeting people in Kentucky is the best part of our job!

I better go. I still have packing to do! Have a great day! Celebrate Literacy Day and Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!