Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

May 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…

Tracy Cervantes’s debut book The Music the Stars Sang published in April. In a world filled with music, star lore, and Shadow monsters, an 11-year-old daydreamer girl must master the musical language of stars. Will she risk her own memories to protect the dreams of others? Read it here!


Larry Day has illustrated the picture book, A Fort on the Moon, by Maggie Pouncey, a story about Fox and Dodge, two boys who travel on an extraordinary journey.  (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House) November, 2020. Larry lives in Carbondale.


Heidi DeStefano is please to announce the following website (click here) which offers her children’s guided reading books featuring nonfiction stories about a rural Midwestern family. Designed for early readers, she has combined carefully leveled text and lesson plans with photographer Christine Appleman’s pictures for a series of thirty-eight books.


Sub-rights for the picture book, I Will Dance, by Nancy Bo Flood were acquired.  Scholastic is taking I Will Dance for use in both school book fairs and book clubs.


Looking for inspiration?  Try Teresa Funke’s Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life. If you purchase the book from Old Firehouse Books during this crisis, Teresa will donate $5 per book to the Old Firehouse Go Fund Me campaign. Support a Colorado book store while supporting a Colorado author.


Laura Perdew’s first fiction picture book, THE FORT (Page Street Kids), debuted on April 21 – contact your local indie bookstore for a copy! More information about the book at


Barbara Torke and Kyle Torke have published their second picture book of Clementine, the Rescue Dog, Hiking the Grand Mesa, following Ice Breaking. Adventures of a dog and his boys. Kyle, dad-author, Barbara  illustrator-grandmother. Published by LovingHealingPress. Available at Amazon and Loving Healing Press Loving Healing Press. Visit Barb here.


Todd Tuell’s debut picture book Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! (Illustrated by Tad Carpenter) was recently rereleased in board book format by publisher Abrams Appleseed.


Catherine Laudone at Simon & Schuster has bought, at auction, author-illustrator Kaz Windness‘s debut picture book, Swim, Jim!, about a little crocodile learning to overcome his fear of the water. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Timothy Travaglini at Transatlantic Agency handled the deal for world rights.