Vahid Imani, a Solvang resident and the author of children's book "Naji and the Mystery of the Dig," received three awards from Children's Literary Classics (CLC) on April 2 in Los Angeles. The organization recognized Imani during the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference.
"Naji and the Mystery of the Dig" was the recipient of the top award in the Preteen/Tween, Cultural Issues Preteen and Best First Chapter Book categories.
The CLC award recipients were selected from entries received from around the globe. "Naji and the Mystery of the Dig" had previously received the its Seal of Approval, reserved for those books which uphold the criteria set forth by the CLC review committee, a team of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.
Imani's book offers a rare glimpse into Persian culture. Children's Literary Classics recommends it for classrooms, schools and home libraries. It is available locally at The Book Loft.
For more information, visit www.najistories.com.