Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

August 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…


Leslie Mitchell Assini is excited to announce her first children’s book, ‘Hungry Hudson Has a Choice.’ With its playful rhyming, beautiful illustrations and important lessons about friendship and thinking of others, the book has already captivated kids young and old.  Instagram @characterpetsbooks. Illustrated by Andy Yura, available on Amazon. Facebook @characterpets


Fleur Bradley’s middle-grade novel Midnight at the Barclay Hotel (Viking/ Penguin Random House) won the Colorado Book award in the Juvenile category. Twitter: @FTBradleyAuthor


The Netahs, Into the Wilderness, is Lisa Kaniut Cobb’s new YA fantasy, published June 2, 2021. Her book imagines a hidden society of people (the Netahs) who can transform into animals. The book is set in Colorado. For more information, visit @netahmom.


Delighted that Colorado Authors’ League selected I Will Dance written by Nancy Bo Flood, illustrated by Julianna Swaney, as winner for Best Children’s Picture Book. An especially touching honor from one’s peers and exciting that “everyone can dance” will reach a wider audience. More about I Will Dance – click here


Darby Karchut is pleased to share that her latest release, ON A GOOD HORSE (contemporary MG, Owl Hollow Press), received a second finalist nod, this time from the 2021 Will Rogers Medallion Award judges. For more info, visit,,  or Twitter@DarbyKarchut


RMC members and chapter volunteers Jerilyn Patterson and Carissa Mina are opening a children’s bookstore! Located in historic, downtown Niwot, The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop sells books, toys, and gifts for the young and young at heart. Grand Opening August 13th and 14th, featuring giveaways, ice cream and a ribbon cutting! Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @twjbookshop.


‘Rowdy Randy’ is Wyoming’s Selection for National Book Festival 2021. Written by Casey Day Rislov & illustrated by Zachary Pullen. Rowdy Randy is a children’s picture book telling the story of a bronc bustin’ horsefly. She acts taller than any tall tale.