Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

July 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…

Ellen Byerrum is thrilled to announce the publication of her first children’s picture book under her imprint Ellen Street Books. Told in rhyme and meter, SHERLOCKTOPUS HOLMES: EIGHT ARMS OF THE LAW delights children and parents. It also introduces basic mystery concepts and amusing definitions. Illustrations by Jacqueline Berkman-Glatingny.


Madison Moore at Albert Whitman has bought world rights to Shaped by Her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez by Anna Harber Freeman, and Barbara Gonzales, who is Maria’s great-granddaughter. The picture book biography follows Maria’s path as a Native American Indian artist. Publication is set for spring 2021.


Hey fans of Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life, did you know Teresa Funke now offers a special lined journal where you can record your own Bursts of Brilliance! And greeting cards perfect for any occasion also inspired by the book. Click here to order.


Our Animal Neighbors: Compassion for Every Furry, Slimy, Prickly Creature on Earth, (Sept.1, 2020) is about the fundamental connection between animals and people and how we can treat Earth’s creatures with compassion and empathy. Co-authored by Jason Gruhl and Matthieu Ricard. Illustrated by Becca Hall. Available for pre-order on Amazon.


Jolene Gutiérrez has signed a four-book contract with Carson Dellosa Publishing to write a Latin Pop Stars series. Titles include Shakira, Ozuna, J Balvin, and Sofía Reyes.


Amy Hempe won the Colorado Authors’ League award for Best Short Story on June 7 for “Finding The Perfect Sandy,” which appeared in the May 2019 issue of Cricket Magazine.


Heather Brockman Lee is excited to share that she illustrated a four page poem for the upcoming July/August issue of Babybug magazine, published by Cricket media,  titled “Sandbox Fun”.


On Sunday, June 7th, the Colorado Author’s League picture book award went to Papa’s Changes, Dementia Through a Child’s Eyes by Linda Osmundson. Papa’s Changes, Dementia Through a Child’s Eyes was also a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Awards, Children’s Education, 6 & up category.


Laura Resau’s upper middle grade novel, Tree of Dreams (Scholastic, 2019), won the Colorado Book Award in the Juvenile category.


Heather Mateus Sappenfield’s middle-grade novel The River Between Hearts was the finalist for the Kraken Prize at Fitzroy Books. Fitzroy will publish the book, for release in Spring of 2022. You can find out more here.


Sadee Schilling of Broomfield, CO recently signed with Jennifer Chen Tran of Bradford Literary Agency.


Natasha Vizcarra signed with Tahanan Books in the Philippines to write a COVID-19 book for kids ages 7 and up. Natasha’s works have previously been published in Tahanan’s anthology of award-winning stories for kids. See more.