Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

December 2020 Member Good News

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

Read all the latest and greatest here…

LIZZIE DEMANDS A SEAT by Beth Anderson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, is a finalist for the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award from the Jane Addams Peace Association.

Co-author, Nancy Bo Flood with the illustrator, Jonathan Nelson, Navajo, are delighted that First Laugh, Welcome Baby! is featured in Jambo Books #jambobooks article in Atlanta Magazine this month. Jambo Books sends subscribers a few books each month that feature a child of color.

The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson read Lauren Kerstein’s latest book ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOOD NIGHT (Two Lions/Illustrated by Nate Wragg) on Storytime with Fergie and Friends. You can watch her rollicking read here.

Jennie MacDonald’s one-act Victorian dark comedy, “A Merry Widow or Two,” has been published by London publisher Scripts for Stage and features a unique role for a young actress.

 Jean Reidy is excited to announce that Sylvie Frank at S&S/Wiseman has acquired world rights to her picture book Grand Day to be illustrated by Samantha Cotterill. The book is a tribute to grandparents and grandkids and the fun they have when they’re together. Publication is planned for fall 2022.

Casey Rislov’s board book, LOVE, is inspired by the much-loved and well-known passage from the Bible (1 Corinthians 13:4–8). LOVE is a timely and soothing book for the littlest listeners. A perfect story to cuddle up together in the sweet embrace of gentle words and heartwarming illustrations.

 Natasha Wing’s latest Night Before book is The Night Before the Wedding (Grosset & Dunlap) coming out January 2021.



Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Golden Pen Award, Rachel Jensen! Rachel’s gripping young adult novel Black Lake received near-perfect scores in character, motivation, and overall writing craft.

We would also like to congratulate this year’s runner-up: E.E. Duncan and her fantastic picture book biography I Am the Boss of Me! Rattlesnake Kate Earns Her Name. Beth’s manuscript received high marks from our judges in motivation, voice/language, and character.

Past and present finalists and winners of the Golden Pen award can be found here.