Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Member Good News!

Our members have been busy receiving kudos, getting books published, winning awards, and more!

New York Times bestselling author of THE MERLIN SAGA, T.A. Barron, has announced a new podcast called Magic & Mountains. Barron and his guests will discuss a vast range of topics suitable for students, from the origins of Merlin to the global fight against climate change. Learn more here.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s middle-grade mystery, SISTERHOOD OF SLEUTHS, is a Kids’ Indie Next List Pick for November/December! The book will be published October 4th by Christy Ottaviano Books/Little, Brown Young Readers with illustrations by Vesper Stamper.

UNEXPECTED RICHES (Aery Scribe Press LLC) by C.S. Boyll launched September 8 with a book birthday bash September 26 at Colorado Springs’ Cottonwood Center for the Arts. More information on the historical adventure novel (YA) may be found on the author’s website here and on Amazon here.

Julie Danneberg was interviewed on the Laura Rottinger Books Blog.

Rachel Delaney Craft’s MG sci-fi murder mystery “Andromeda’s New Brain: Part 2” appeared in the September issue of Cricket magazine, and her YA novel EVERY COLOR OF MY BLOOD won the Colorado Gold Rush Literary Award.

Kellye Crocker was interviewed on the Laura Rottinger Books Blog.

Jolene Gutierrez’s writing challenge about “mining your memories” was published in the  Young Inkling’s Ink Splat Blog.

New chapter member Polly Holyoke is delighted to announce that Brandon Dorman (illustrator of the Land of Stories and Fablehaven series) created an amazing cover for her upcoming new MG fantasy series from Viking Children’s Books. SKYRIDERS releases March, 2023. You can sneak a peek here or @pollyholyoke on Twitter.

Congratulations to illustrator Jessica Lanan and author Richard Ho on THE LOST PACKAGE’s Red Clover award nomination!

Katy McQuaid received the 2022 New York City Big Book Award, Distinguished Favorite in the Children’s-Motivational category. The award is for EVERYBODY LOVES GRACE: A TRUE STORY OF GRACE’S ADVENTURE TO WASHINGTON, DC, McQuaid’s sixth book in the series.

Casey Rislov and Zachary Pullen’s second Rowdy Randy picture book, THE ROWDY RANDY WILD WEST SHOW, releases 10.12.22! Ever wonder where Buffalo Bill Cody found the idea for his Wild West Show? This picture book full of western wildlife explains it all. To learn more, visit her website here.

Jessica Speer’s book, BFF OR NRF (NOT REALLY FRIENDS)? A GIRLS GUIDE TO HAPPY FRIENDSHIPS, is a finalist in the Children’s Book Council – #KidsBookChoiceAwards – (Best Non-Prose Category). Final round of voting ends Nov 13.  Link to vote. Learn more on IG @jessica_speer_author or Twitter @SpeerAuthor.

Additionally, Jessica Speer’s SAFETY GOGGLES ADVISED was highlighted in the September 2022 Denver Life Magazine.

Melissa Taylor signed with Rena Rossner of The Deborah Harris Literary Agency. Melissa is the founder of Imagination Soup and can be found on Twitter here and Instagram here.

Roxanne Troup was interviewed by

Sindhu Vijayasarathy signed with Ana Crespo of East West Literary Agency.

Congratulations to Anden Wilder and Brittany Cicchese for winning the grand prize and winning honors for the 2022 Letters & Lines Juried Portfolio Contest, respectively.

WORM AND CATERPILLAR ARE FRIENDS, by Kaz Windness (Simon Spotlight, January 2023) has been named a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Preorder it here from The Wandering Jellyfish. Additionally, Kaz’s picture book SWIM, JIM! was accepted into the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, showcasing the best in this year’s children’s book illustration. It hangs in NYC from October 26 – January 7th. And even more congratulations to Kaz, whose CAT VS. VAC was acquired by Simon Spotlight!