Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

March 2018 Member Good News

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

Read all the latest and greatest here…

AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SKY by Melanie Crowder is a 2018 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection!


Jolene Gutiérrez was offered a Writing with the Stars mentorship and will be mentored by author Stacy McAnulty. Jolene was also named as a We Need Diverse Books mentorship finalist.


Beverly Holtzem is a local illustrator in Denver, CO.  She’s excited to share that her illustrations will be displayed for sale in a restaurant called Jerome’s Pizza! (11405, #800, E Briarwood Ave, Englewood, CO 80112)


Corinne Magid published her third book in the series, JULIE THE BRAVE, available on Amazon. The trilogy follows the adventures of a magical ten-year-old girl as she discovers her powers and sets off on a quest to battle an evil wizard that keeps children as pets.


Ingrid Palmer’s contemporary YA novel ALL OUT OF PRETTY (Creston Books) debuts on April 3, 2018. Booklist gave ALL OUT OF PRETTY a glowing review, calling it “powerful,” “gripping,” and “An exciting introduction to a talented writer.” Launch events and signings can be found online at


MISS—the screenplay adaptation of Judith Robbins Rose’s award-winning middle-grade novel, LOOK BOTH WAYS IN THE BARRIO BLANCO—has advanced to the quarter finals of the 2017 Screencraft Family Film Contest.


Lydia Rueger recently signed with literary agent Michelle S. Lazurek of WordWise Media Services for picture books. Lydia found Michelle and WordWise Media thanks to the Writer’s Digest New Agency Alerts blog.


Carrie Seidel was awarded the Highlights for Children Pewter Plate for her article, “Danger! Rescue on Thin Ice” which was featured in the December 2018 Issue of Highlights Magazine.


New member Sunny Weber’s middle-grade fiction book is published! THE DOG AT THE GATE: How a Throw-Away Dog Becomes Special is a coming-of-age story told in first paw (person) by Max, as he grows from neglected puppyhood to hero grown-up. Humane education abounds and includes a Discussion Guide for adults.


Andrea Wang’s picture book, THE NIAN MONSTER (Albert Whitman & Co.), received a 2017-2018 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature Honor award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).


Sally Hutchins Willett, a new member to RMC-SCBWI, is excited to announce that her first picture book, IF YOU DON’T TAKE A BATH, was awarded First Place in Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for Children Picture Books 5 & Younger.