Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

July 2022 Member Good News

A huge congratulations to our members who won the 2022 Colorado Book Awards! In the Children’s Literature category, READ ISLAND by Nicole Magistro and illustrated by Alice Feagan took first place. Megan Freeman‘s ALONE won top honors in the Juvenile Literature field, and Olivia Chadha won in the Young Adult Literature Category with THE RISE OF THE RED HAND.
Lisa Kaniut Cobb, author of THE NETAHS, INTO THE WILDERNESS, Friesen Press, 2021, has learned that her book has been chosen as a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA). Her book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information, find Lisa here and @netahmom.
“E” IS FOR EUCHARIST, by Claudia Cangilla McAdam, illustrated by Anna-Maria Crum, has won the CAL (Colorado Author’s League) for Best Juvenile Book Cover Design.
MONTY AND ROSE RETURN TO MONTROSE, by Tamima Itani, illustrated by Anna-Maria Crum, the second book in the MONTY AND ROSE series, was released in May.
SHAPED BY HER HANDS: POTTER MARIA MARTINEZ, by Anna Harber Freeman and Barbara Gonzales, has been selected by New Mexico State Library staff as the youth book which will represent New Mexico in the “Great Reads from Great Places” program at the National Book Festival in Washington DC, in September of this year. More info here.
Darby Karchut’s debut picture book, COWBOYS, COW CHIPS, AND TARADIDDLES (with Wes Karchut, illustrator) is a 2022 Will Rogers Medallion Award finalist in the Non-Fiction Young Readers category. Learn more about the author and her other MG and YA books here.
Christine Liu-Perkins is happy to announce that her picture book, THE QUEST FOR A TANGRAM DRAGON, is under contract with Bloomsbury USA. A story of seven classic tangram shapes searching for a Chinese dragon, it will be illustrated by Lynn Scurfield with a release planned for Spring 2024.
has been nominated for the Kids’ Choice Book Awards – Best Non-Prose Book Ages 12-14 category.  Voting continues through August here. To learn more visit Jessica’s websiteTwitter, and IG.
Lisa Trank has been selected as one of 20 emerging writers to attend a Picture Book Summer Camp at the Highlights Foundation this summer, sponsored by PJ Library. The program will offer inspiration, mentorship, and community to these writers, with the goal of bringing more Jewish voices and authentic Jewish stories to children and their families.  Each month, PJ Library sends more than 670,000 Jewish storybooks to families across the globe. Link to full press release here.