'Cry, Heart, But Never Break' has been nominated for the Sakura Medal 2018, a student-voted library award in Japan.
From The Sakura Medal website:
The Sakura Medal program brings together students from international schools across Japan each year to vote for their favorite books.
Each year, librarians from various international schools meet and select 25-30 books in each of the Sakura Medal categories (Picture Books, Graphic Novels,Chapter Books, Middle School, High School, Japanese Picture Books, Japanese Chapter Books, Japanese Middle School, and Japanese High School). Books are chosen that are no more than two years old and that are from a variety of backgrounds and across a wide range of reading abilities.
Students who read five books (four for Middle School and three for High School books) in any category will be eligible to vote for their favourite. Votes will then be tallied across all participating schools and the winning author in each category will receive a Sakura Medal. While staff and parents are encouraged to participate, voting is only open to students.
...Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms, which are celebrated in Japan each year as a sign of spring.
From Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud, Librarian – Teacher, Author, and nominator of Cry, Heart, But Never Break for the Sakura Medal:
“Cry, Heart, but Never Break” is one of only twenty recently published picture books that has been chosen for the 2018 Sakura Medal list. For more information on the Sakura Medal program, visit the website where all of the selected books will soon be posted.
The Sakura Medal is one of the few student-selected book award programs, and winning authors can be certain that their young readers thoroughly appreciate their literary efforts.