Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

July 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…


SCBWI member Lisa Blake is proud to announce her children’s picture book How to Love Your Pug is now on shelves at Denver’s Tattered Cover Book Store, including the new store in Lodo at McGregor Square and at the new children’s themed store at Stanley Marketplace opening this summer.


Karen Cotton received two grants. One from the Wyoming Arts Council to turn her book Carol and Santa into a screenplay with talented filmmaker and screenplay writer Lorenzo Leonard. Karen received a second grant from an anonymous donor to revamp her website with Design the World. On Twitter @KarenCotton


Kellye Crocker’s debut novel, Dad’s Girlfriend, Ground Squirrels, and Other Anxieties, is scheduled for publication in Fall 2022 by Albert Whitman. The novel, inspired by Kellye’s move to Colorado six years ago, follows a 12-year-old learning to cope with her newly diagnosed anxiety disorder and her rapidly changing family. On Twitter @kelcrocker


Megan E. Freeman’s debut middle grade novel ALONE, published in January by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, will be released as an audiobook in July and is currently available for pre-order. More information is available on Megan’s website (click here). On Twitter @meganefreeman


Darby Karchut’s ON A GOOD HORSE (contemporary MG, Owl Hollow Press) is a finalist for the 2021 High Plains Book Award-Children’s. Since 2007, the HPBW has recognized “…regional literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains.” For more info, visit,, or Twitter @DarbyKarchut


Christine Layton’s first contract has turned into a five-book deal writing for the World Traveler series for Lerner Publishing Group, an educational market publisher. Christine is excited to update her author site with real book covers and tweet about writing for the education market at @layton_author.


Claudia Cangilla McAdam sold a faith-based picture book to Our Sunday Visitor, NEPHEW TO THE RESCUE, based on the true story of Acts 23. When Saint Paul is arrested in Jerusalem, his enemies vow to murder him. That is, until his brave nephew saves his uncle’s life. Coming fall, 2023.


Julie Rowan-Zoch’s author-illustrator debut, I’M A HERE, SO THERE! was chosen as an Amazon “Best Books of the Year so far”: Ages 3-5 in 2021! On Twitter @JulieRowanZoch


Jessica Speer’s debut middle-grade book, BFF OR NRF (NOT REALLY FRIENDS)? A GIRLS GUIDE TO HAPPY FRIENDSHIPS will be released August 17 by Familius This book grew out of her friendship program that strengthens social awareness and helps kids learn to navigate common struggles. Twitter: @SpeerAuthor Instagram: @jessica_speer_author or FB: @jessicaspeerauthor


The latest book in Natasha Wing’s series is The Night Before the Dentist (Grosset & Dunlap). It will be released July 6, 2021.  On Twitter @NatashaWing