Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

June 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…


Congratulations to Fleur Bradley, whose middle grade mystery novel, Midnight at the Barclay Hotel, won the Southwest Region’s Crystal Kite award! We will be celebrating her accomplishment at our annual fall chapter event.



Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights by Beth Anderson and illustrated by E.B.Lewis received the ILA Children’s Book Award: Intermediate Nonfiction Honor. Beth is on Twitter at @Bandersonwriter


Fleur Bradley’s middle-grade novel Midnight at the Barclay Hotel is nominated for the Anthony (mystery) Award in the YA category, the Agatha (mystery) Award in the Best Children’s/YA, and made Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers nominee and Rhode Island Children’s Book Award nomination list. On Twitter at @FTBradleyAuthor


Carolee Dean’s educational book, Story Frames for Teaching Literacy: Enhancing Student Learning Through the Power of Storytelling was released April 2, 2021 (Brookes Publishing). Dean teaches kids to think about story structure the way authors do, helping them improve their comprehension and key skills in the process. Find out more here. On Twitter at @CaroleeJDean


Andrea Floren signed with Adria Goetz of Martin Literary Management as author / illustrator. You can see her work here or @quietlyfiery on Instagram. On Twitter at @quietlyfiery


Teresa R. Funke and her translator, Gloria Garcia Diaz, are proud to announce V de la victoria is a finalist for the Colorado Authors League Awards of Excellence in the Middle-grade category. This book is translated from V for Victory, part of Teresa’s Home-Front Heroes World War II series. Teresa is on Twitter at @teresafunke


If a child (or grown-up!) in your life struggles with waiting, check out Dan Graham’s debut picture book, How Can I Wait When There’s A Treat On My Plate?  Useful strategies for boosting self-control are presented in a fun way that kids will remember! Available from Magination PressAmazon.


Author Katy McQuaid’s fifth book, Everybody Loves Grace: A True Story of Grace’s Adventure to Pennsylvania, received the 2020 Nautilus Book’s Silver Award for Children’s Illustrated Fiction.  Through Grace’s eyes we learn about the importance of not putting off the things on our bucket list.  On Twitter at @McquaidKaty


Sleeping Bear Press acquired Melissa Stiveson’s debut picture book, The Wishes of the World. Publication ETA is Mar 2023. This delightful book connects readers with the cultural art inherent in wish making traditions and its universal message. You can follow Melissa on Twitter: @DStiveson.