Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

July 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…


Denise Vega is incredibly honored to announce her picture book, If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed, has won the Crystal Kite for the South West Division (Nevada, Arizona, Utah, southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico). Knowing this award is peer-voted means so much to her because she knows her colleagues understand the journey a book takes. She is deeply grateful for the support!



Rachel Delaney Craft’s poem “Peacock on Parade” appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of CRICKET magazine, and her short story “Every Drop of Light” appeared in episode 308 of the YA fiction podcast CAST OF WONDERS.


First Laugh, Welcome Baby, a picture book written by Nancy Bo Flood with Rose Tahe (Dine’) and illustrated by Johnathan Nelson (Dine’), is a Junior Library Guild Selection, 2018. “Debut illustrator Nelson, also of Navajo descent, contributes cartooning that captures an expansive, brilliantly hued outdoors and a close-knit family delighted with their newest addition.” Full review here


Jennie MacDonald’s audio play, “The Hall of Mirrors: Not Another Word,” has been awarded Runner-up in the 2018 Marion Thauer Brown Scriptwriting Competition.


Karen Deger McChesney was selected for Free Spirit Publishing’s Advisory Board of Educators. Free Spirit is a leading publisher of Self-Help for Kids® and Self-Help for Teens® and other positive, practical, pro-kid learning materials.


Missing Bones, a middle grade novel by Phyllis J. Perry, was released June 1 by Tumblehome Learning. After his mother remarries, Ricky handles new home, school and step-family, he survives a skunk encounter and a cougar visit, but can he continue when his beagle, Bones disappears during a thunder storm?


Space Boy and the Snow Monster by Dian Curtis Regan was a finalist for the Colorado Authors’ League Award.


Sunny Weber’s next adult non-fiction book will be available June 20, 2018 on Amazon: City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette. It has a section in it about teaching children to be safe with dogs.