Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

October 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…

Rachel Delaney Craft’s story “The Flying Tortoise,” a retelling of a Nigerian folktale, appeared in the September 2020 issue of SPIDER magazine.


A YA Chicano fantasy by Rudy Garcia [byline R. Ch. Garcia] is under contract with Somos en escrito Literary Foundation Press, for publication this November. Set in contemporary NM and Mexico, Death Song of the Azteca Dragon, will be available in print and as an EPub. Details forthcoming.


Jolene Gutiérrez’s book BIONIC BEASTS: SAVING ANIMAL LIVES WITH ARTIFICIAL FLIPPERS, LEGS, AND BEAKS (Lerner/Millbrook Press) releases on October 6 and is available for order. This middle grade nonfiction book explores varying techniques and technologies that have been used to create prosthetic devices for five different animals.


Katy McQuaid’s, Everybody Loves Grace: A True Story of Grace’s Adventure to Pennsylvania, releases on 1 October.  Grace, a Finnish Lapphund, takes the reader on a road trip to the East Coast and shares her Christmas adventure.  In the process, she gets to the things on her bucket list.


Todd Mitchell’s non-fiction book, BREAKTHROUGH, which focuses on staying creative during difficult times by approaching creativity as a consciousness-raising practice, will be released by Owl Hollow Press in Fall 2021. Writers who know what it’s like to struggle, fear, doubt, and procrastinate—this book is for you!


Laura Resau collaborated with Ecuadorian co-author Patricia Gualinga and Ecuadorian illustrator Vanessa Jaramillo on a picture book coming out with Charlesbridge Publishing in Summer 2022, entitled STAND AS TALL AS THE TREES: HOW AN AMAZONIAN COMMUNITY PROTECTED THE RAIN FOREST. The book will be published in Spanish and English versions.


Susan Wroble’s article “Tales for Tails” is featured in the October issue of Muse, Cricket Media’s science magazine for kids aged 9-14. The theme of this issue is the science of reading, and Susan’s article highlights changes in the brain when kids read to dogs.



We had a fantastic time at our Letters and Lines Conference 2020, this year presented virtually for the first time ever. We heard heartfelt keynotes from Mitali Perkins, Jean Reidy, and Pat Cummings. We learned from gracious and expert editors and agents including Sylvie Frank, Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, Natascha Morris, Megan Ilnitzki, and Aneeka Kalia. And, we had our choice of 25 live and prerecorded breakout sessions to attend! Because of the virtual format, we had guests from all over the country and world. Thanks again to all our faculty and volunteers for making this historic event possible.


Below we’d like to congratulate our conference award winners!

Third Annual Golden Pen Award Finalists – 2020

Faculty members selected outstanding manuscripts to be our Golden Pen Award finalists. The authors of these manuscripts not only have bragging rights, but also the opportunity to be selected as the winner. One winner will be chosen by a selection committee of Regional Team members from other regions and announced in a future newsletter.


  • EE Duncan – I Am the Boss of Me! Rattlesnake Kate Earns Her Name
  • Dea Brayden/Lindsay Ellis – Mary Katherine Declares Independence
  • Darcy Freier – Pancake Summer
  • Wendi Silvano – Rexarina
  • Trish Holland – Creatures of the Mist
  • Ariane Peveto – The Words We Know and Love
  • Rachel Jensen – Black Lake
  • Judith Robbins Rose – Burn
  • Nancy Derey Riley – Fly Anxiety


Big round of applause for our talented illustrators!

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2020 Fall Conference Calendar Illustration Winners:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Brigida Magro
  • Brittany Cicchese
  • Angela C. Hawkins
  • Katherine Hahn
  • Anya Kopotilova
  • Ariane Peveto
  • Dow Phumiruk
  • Jo Joanne Moore Renfro
  • Dustin Resch
  • Anden Wilder
  • Kaz Windness
  • Tanja Bauerle


Brigida receives free conference attendance next year and her image featured on 2021 Letters & Lines conference merchandise as well as on our Facebook page.


2020 Fall Conference Juried Portfolio Showcase Winners:

  • Heather Brockman Lee, Grand Prize Winner
  • Laura Ramos, Honorable Mention
  • David Deen, Honorable Mention


David and Laura will receive BookBar gift certificates, and Heather will receive a one-on-one virtual portfolio critique with an art director at a traditional publishing house. Hooray all!