Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

March 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…

LIZZIE DEMANDS A SEAT!: ELIZABETH JENNINGS FIGHTS FOR STREETCAR RIGHTS by Beth Anderson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis has received the Bank Street Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Younger Readers.


Olivia Chadha’s YA debut RISE OF THE RED HAND (book one of The Mechanists series) released on Feb 2, 2021 by Erewhon Books. For more information, visit her website.


LIA & LUÍS: WHO HAS MORE?, written by Ana Crespo and illustrated by Giovana Medeiros, is the winner of the Mathical Book Prize (PreK), a prize awarded to “books that inspire children of all ages to see math in the world around them.” To view the award ceremony, click here.


Rachel Delaney Craft’s story “Sisters and Other Life Forms,” a sci-fi thriller about a young pilot who crash lands on an uncharted moon and must find her way home before her sister’s cryotube melts, appeared in the January and February 2021 issues of Cricket magazine.


@ReadersMagnet has published an article telling the tale behind Vickie L. Gardner’s middle-grade novel THE GHOST OF MORGAN GULCH. Take a few moments and read about her delightful story by clicking here. Read more about Vickie and her works by clicking here.


The Tiniest Amazon Series has launched!  In book 1 the tiniest Amazon learns about fitting in from a wise three-headed cat and in book 2 dreams big and saves a space puppy. From Colorado tiny author Jules Fitzgerald and tall illustrator B.G. Murphy, find She, He and They versions here.


Heather Brockman Lee is excited to have a two page illustration in the April 2021 issue of Ladybug Magazine- look for the song “Bumblebee Bumblebee” written and composed by Brian Gene Olson.


THE WORDLESS WEAVER by Claudia Cangilla McAdam released February 26, 2021 from Our Sunday Visitor. In this imagined story of the creation of the Shroud of Turin, a mute weaver in Jerusalem, who can’t tell Jesus she loves Him, instead provides the finest work of her hands for his burial.


Nancy Oswald’s picture book, Ruby’s Christmas Gifts, was awarded a Gold Medal from the Will Rogers Awards for 2020.  A huge shout-out to the illustrator, Nate Jensen.  His water-color renderings of Ruby, her donkey, Maude, foal Willy, and cat, along with the background paintings of 1896 Cripple Creek, are delightful.


The aliens are coming! Laura Perdew’s picture book science series (4 books) about space comes out March 15. Two snarky aliens travel the universe and explore the earth, moon, stars, and sun (Nomad Press). Read details and reviews on Laura’s website (click here).


Dustin Resch has signed with Karly Dizon at Fuse Literary as an author/illustrator. You can see his work by clicking here.


Nancy Derey Riley placed 3rd in Susanna Leonard HIll’s 2021 Valentiny contest with her entry, Percy’s Valentine. You can read her entry and all the finalists by clicking here.


Safa Suleiman signed with Ana Crespo of East West Literary Agency. Safa’s writing is inspired by the history of her immigrant Palestinian family and by her children. Her stories focus on Palestinian culture and the diversity of the American Muslim community. Visit her website by clicking here.


Amanda Wall’s newly published children’s book, FINDING FAMILY IN A FAR-AWAY LAND, will be available March 29. Walk alongside two dynamic, Indian sisters as they experience what it’s like to be internationally adopted into a multi-cultural, interracial family! Click here for more information.


Catherine Laudone at Simon & Schuster has bought Bitsy Bat, School Star by author-artist Kaz Windness. Her second picture book is about a little autistic bat whose world is turned upside down at a new school until she remembers what makes her a shining star. Publication is planned for summer 2023.