Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

January 2021 Member Good News

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

Read all the latest and greatest here…

“SMELLY” KELLY AND HIS SUPER SENSES: HOW JAMES KELLY’S NOSE SAVED THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY by Beth Anderson, illustrated by Jenn Harney, from Calkins Creek, has made it onto the NSTA Best STEM Books list for 2021.


Zoe Argento self-published her first picture book, Isolation Island: A Pandemic Story. It’s a story about a girl coming to terms with the challenges of loneliness and isolation during the pandemic.  The book was inspired by her own children’s struggles. Currently available in paperback on Amazon.


Fleur Bradley’s middle-grade novel Midnight at the Barclay Hotel recently made it to NPR’s Best Mysteries & Thrillers of 2020.


Joanna Cooke’s Fire Shapes Our World, a nonfiction picture book about fire’s transformation of Earth’s natural and cultural worlds and that inspires hope for how humans can live with fire into the future, has been acquired by Yosemite Conservancy for publication spring 2022. It will be illustrated by Cornelia Li.


Caryn Hartman’s first dual language children’s book, Dorje the Yak, received the 2019 Gold Nautilus Award for Best Fiction Children’s Book and Special Honors as Best of Children’s Books.


Haven Iverson sold her debut picture book, Slow Down, Tumbleweed, to Sounds True. The book will be illustrated by Rob Sayegh and is about a wild and roaming tumbleweed that learns to slow down and experience the beauty and joy that come from being still in the world. Publication is October 2021.


Nancy Oswald’s picture book, Ruby’s Christmas Gifts, received a 5 Start Reader’s Favorite Award.  It is the fourth Ruby and Maude book set in historic Cripple Creek. Maude’s four-month-old foal is lost on Christmas Eve, and Ruby learns about giving and receiving as she looks for the foal.


Ginger Summers’s debut novel has been published Nov. 2020, now available from Amazon and Xlibris. The novel is a YA titled Zahara. An 18 year old is thrown into a life of survival after the loss of her parents. Art and friends renew her hope in the future.


Anden Wilder has signed with Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary! You can see her work by clicking here.


“Peter Cadaver”, a humorous monster comic strip by Stan Yan, will be running in Sunday Ha Ha, an online Sunday comics newspaper for kids during the month of January. Sign up for the FREE newspaper by clicking here.