Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

September 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…

Dianne Blomberg’s second Picture Book, Max And The Mysterious Noise, is available here. Little Max has the solution to a terrible, horrible, mysterious noise but the townspeople ignore him. The back-matter guides discussions of self-worth, speaking up for yourself, and improving the world at any age.


Rachel Delaney Craft’s nonfiction articles “A Perfect Ball” and “Soccer Tips for Tricky Players” appeared in the July/August issue of ASK magazine.


Joni Franks is pleased to announce that “Corky Tails, Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush, Sagebrush and the Smoke Jumper” is the winner of the 2019 American Fiction Award for best Children’s Picture Book Softcover 2019.  This same book received two American Fiction finalist awards in two additional categories!


Rachel Funez was selected for a 3-month picture book writing mentorship with author Anika Denise. There were 481 applicants who submitted 1528 submissions to the 25 author-mentors, through the inaugural #PBChat Mentorship program. Rachel was one of two mentees selected by Anika.


RMC-SCBWI member Patricia Long is pleased to announce the publication of her second picture book entitled Mr. Gibson’s Garden. Greeley artist Betony Coons provides the delightful illustrations for this story about a grumpy gardener who learns to share.


Jennie MacDonald’s fine art photograph of a meadow in Maine has won the Denver Art Museum’s #MonetxDAM Curator’s Choice Instagram Contest. Jennie has won tickets to “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature,” an exhibition catalog and a gift bag full of Monet-themed goodies from The Shop at the DAM.


Sophia Institute Press purchased Claudia Cangilla McAdam’s picture book, THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT (publication TBD). At the time of the birth of Jesus, the Bethlehem innkeeper’s daughter finds herself crowded, cold, and cranky until an encounter with the newborn Lord alters her mood . . . and changes her life.


The Wind Called My Name, a middle grade historical fiction novel by Mary Louise Sanchez, is a finalist in the 2019 WILLA Award in the children’s fiction and nonfiction category.


Author Dolly Viscardi’s second picture book in the All Around series, All Around Dogs, illustrated by Steve Mark is being published at the end of September by All Around Reading Books.