Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

June 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…

Jean Alfieri was invited to be a guest reader for the HSPPR (Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region) and appeared on their Story Time and Tails Facebook show, reading different stories from her Zuggy the Rescue Pug collection. She was accompanied by the beautiful, Princess Zoey! Watch here and here.


Christy Ottaviano at Ottaviano/Macmillan has acquired World rights to A GOOD DEED CAN GROW by New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator team Jennifer Bertman (Book Scavenger) and Holly Hatam (Dear Girl). Scheduled for 2022, this lyrical picture book celebrates the magic of nature, kindness, and nurturing community.


Fleur Bradley’s short story The Perfect Alibi appears in the middle-grade anthology Super Puzzletastic Mysteries from Mystery Writers of America, published by Harper Children’s on June 23rd, edited by Chris Grabenstein.


Kellye Crocker, who lives in Denver, recently signed with Kelly Dyksterhouse of Raven Quill Literary Agency.


Jennie MacDonald’s article featuring the alphabet and children’s cultural history, “‘The Comical Hotch Potch, or the Alphabet Turn’d Posture Master’: A Fluid Text Reading of Carington Bowles’ 1782 Satirical Print,” appears in the Spring 2020 issue of Palaver, an open-access literary journal published by UNC Wilmington’s GLS Program.


Jenny Mason’s MG mystery podcast, BLISTER AND MUCK, is now available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Facebook, and elsewhere. Weekly episodes provide beleaguered families a free way to connect, unwind, and laugh during the pandemic. More here.


Congratulations Katy McQuaid for receiving the Nautilus Book Silver Award in Children’s Literature: Fiction.  “Everybody Loves Grace: An Amazing Story of How Grace Brings Love to Everyone She Meets” is the first of a four-book series.  Grace reminds us that simple acts of kindness have a profound effect on others.


Jeannie Mobley’s YA novel, THE JEWEL THIEF released on May 26. After her father, the crown jeweler, collapses in despair, Juliette Pitau determines to cut the king’s diamond for him, only to find herself imprisoned, with only one chance to redeem herself with the king–and the man she loves.


Antonia Markiet at HarperCollins bought, at auction, What Would You Do in a Book About You?  By Jean Reidy, illustrated by Joey Chou, and two additional books, empowering children to be the authors of their own stories, embracing all the possibilities that life—or imagination—puts in front of them.


Laura Resau’s upper middle grade novel, Tree of Dreams (Scholastic, 2019), is a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year.


McCourt Thomas has made her first sale! Spider magazine will publish her story “The 19th Arggh September,” a fun story about Talk Like A Pirate Day, in an upcoming issue.


Arianne Lewin at Penguin/Putnam has bought, in a preempt, Leslie Vedder’s debut YA fantasy novel, The Bone Spindle, pitched as a genderflipped Sleeping Beauty meets Indiana Jones. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Carrie Hannigan and Ellen Goff at HG Literary handled the deal for North American rights.



The finalists for the 2020 Colorado Book Awards have been announced, and we’re thrilled to see so many SCBWI members being honored! Winners will be announced during an online event on Saturday, May 30, from 4:00 – 6:00pm.


Children’s Literature

  • Pup 681: A Sea Otter Rescue Storyby Jean Reidy, illustrated by Ashley Crowley (Henry Holt and Company)
  • The Fisherman and the Whaleby Jessica Lanan (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Trumanby Jean Reidy, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster)


Juvenile Literature

  • Tree of Dreamsby Laura Resau (Scholastic Press)
  • The Cryptid Keeperby Lija Fisher (Farrar Straus & Giroux)


Young Adult Literature

  • Fakeby Donna Cooner (Point, Scholastic, Inc.)
  • Mergedby Jim Kroepfl and Stephanie Kroepfl (Month9Books)