Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

July 2017 Member Good News

Our members have been busy receiving kudos, having books published, winning awards, and more!

Read all the latest and greatest here…

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman's second middle-grade mystery in the Book Scavenger series, THE UNBREAKABLE CODE (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt, April 2017), debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at #6. THE UNBREAKABLE CODE is also a Junior Library Guild selection for Spring 2017.


“The Amazing Journey of Solomon the Sockeye Salmon” and “Bailey and the Magic Cupcake Truck,” written by Pamela Cannalte, each received numerous 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, including tying for 2nd place for Best Picture Books in their respective age categories. The full list of awards can be found here.


Carmela LaVigna Coyle is pleased to announce her latest picture book, Wild Zoo Train (Muddy Boots Books) illustrated by Steve Gray, will arrive at the station in early fall 2017. A seemingly ordinary zoo train departs on a less than ordinary adventure through the wilds. Tooooot.


Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure series is a 2017 Literary Classics Book Award finalist. In addition, author Janelle Diller enjoyed a day as guest author at the 2017 nErDCampKS unconference.


FREEDOM OF SPEECH and RIGHT TO PETITION by Jenny Mason are now available from Gareth Stevens Publishing (2017). Explore the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as their historical origins and impacts on modern life. Funny and fact-packed, these books are must haves!


Linda Osmundson signed with agent Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference held in Estes Park. He is completely dedicated to selling her picture book on dementia and other works. Osmundson published her 3-book series, HOW THE WEST WAS DRAWN, with Pelican Publishing.


Nancy Oswald’s historical fiction book, TROUBLE RETURNS, has won the Colorado Author’s League award in the children’s division, and won a Western Writers of America Spur Award.  This book is the third Ruby and Maude Adventure set in 1896 Cripple Creek, Colorado. Published by Filter Press, LLC, November, 2016.


At the National Book Festival each fall in Washington D.C., each state chooses one book to represent its authors. This year's pick for Colorado, selected by Colorado Humanities and the Colorado State Library, is Space Boy and the Space Pirate by Dian Curtis Regan.


Highlights Hello magazine honored Grand Junction author Wendi Silvano for her story “Dad and Me” which appeared in the August 2016 issue. The work was named “Story of the Year 2016” by the editorial, art and production staff.


Local author (and Tattered Cover co-owner) Len Vlahos (The Scar Boys, Life in a  Fishbowl), has signed a one-book deal with Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) to collaborate on a young adult novel with bestselling author, Julie Halpern.


More than 59,000 printed copies of Doug Yeager’s two children’s books (MOMMY TALK and TALK TO ME) have now been distributed free of charge to young families in 24  states through pediatric clinics, nonprofits, schools, libraries, government agencies, and community organizations  For more information go to