Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

October 2019 Member Good News

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

Read all the latest and greatest here…

Nancy Bo Flood leads a panel about Writing in Collaboration at the 13th IBBY Regional Conference (October 24 -27th, Austin, Texas).  Panelists include Padma Venkatraman, Traci Sorell, Jessica Powers, Brittany Thurman, and Karen Lynn Williams. Whose Story Is It? How do we tell it? Collaboration. Find conference information at


It’s Done!” is music to the ears of first-time children’s book illustrator, Trish Murtha.  Using traditional watercolor paintings and then “building” them in Photoshop, nearly 40 complex illustrations detail a boy’s grieving process when his dog dies. My Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk, illustrated by Trish Murtha, available on Amazon.


Nancy Oswald announces the release of her first picture book, Ruby’s Christmas Gifts, on October 1.  It is her fourth book set in Cripple Creek, 1896, and features Ruby, her donkey, Maude and cat named Trouble.  Oswald is in awe of anyone who writes or illustrates picture books!


Laura Perdew’s book, CRAZY CONTRAPTIONS: BUILD RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINES THAT SWOOP, SPIN, STACK, AND SWIVEL, is for kids 9-99 interested in learning a little physics and building their own wacky Rube Goldberg contraptions. Publication October 8 (Nomad Press).


Jacqueline Peveto wrote and illustrated a book for classroom use called The Legend of Rocket Hood for Amerlish, an English school in China.


Andrea Wang’s debut middle-grade novel, THE MANY MEANINGS OF MEILAN, will be published by Kokila in summer 2021. When Meilan’s extended family falls apart, her immediate family moves from Boston’s Chinatown to rural Ohio, where she taps into her inner strength to make her own new place in the world.


Sunny Weber’s third middle-grade book, From Wild to Mild: A Dog in Two Worlds, is now available on Amazon. It joins her Pups & Purrs Children’s Series. Protagonist Kaya searches for her true nature. Each of the P&P books feature coming-of-age challenges that children face. See for more information.