I was one of the judges for the Colorado Humanities River of Words Contest, and will be participating in the Award Ceremony this Thursday, May 10th – 2:00pm- 5:00pm – Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway.  
“Adult books maintain lives, children’s books change lives.” Jane Yolen. 
Anyone who doubts this statement by Yolen, just has to read some of these letters from young readers to authors – then they will see for themselves how great literature can indeed change lives.  Great stories will always make hearts bigger and better, and will help children see a glimmer of hope or a glimpse of joy simmering there beneath the sometimes sad surfaces of our lives.