During the month of July, the Writer’s League of Texas announced winners and finalists of the 2014 Book Awards, which recognizes “outstanding books of 2014, written by Texas authors.”
With five categories, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult and children’s picture book, a local author and illustrator was named the “Discovery Prize Winner” — Pamela Haskin for her picture book, “Max, the Boy Raindrop.”
“Every year, countless important and worthy books by Texas writers are added to the literary landscape,” said Becka Oliver, executive director of the Writer’s League of Texas. “The Writers’ League has a long tradition of supporting Texas writers and recognizing their valuable contribution to literature and these book awards are a wonderful opportunity for us to do both. We’re so proud of this program, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations to the 2014 honorees.”
“Max, the Boy Raindrop,” is Haskin’s first published children’s book, after previously publishing an award-winning autobiography detailing her life with her husband living in the Alaskan Bush for 22 years, titled “A Deliberate Life: A Journey into the Alaskan Wilderness.”
The picture book follows Max, a raindrop who is afraid to become rain and fall to the ground. Adventurous, fast-paced and artfully illustrated, Max’s story is one of courage and friendship. Every illustration — from stormy clouds to raindrops to eyelashes — was handcrafted with card stock by Haskin.
Not only does Haskin write — articles, children’s books and autobiographies — she also spends a great deal of time designing and creating hand-made greeting cards.
Haskin was honored by the Writers’ League of Texas as the Discovery Prize Winner — an award reserved for independently published books or books published by a small press that judges feel warrant special mention — for her picture book published last year. The League is a statewide nonprofit founded in 1981 with more than 1300 members. In 1991, the League launched a series of annual book awards, called the Violet Crown Awards. Later, the Teddy Children’s Book Awards, rewarding books for young readers, began. In 2008, the two awards were consolidated to become the Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards.
To view the full list of 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award winners, finalists and discovery prize winners, visit writersleague.org.
To keep up with Haskin and explore more of her work, visit cottagebelow.com.