Member News — April 2020

Member News is a new monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We want to celebrate our members’ good news and help spread the word far and wide. Send us your children’s-book-related news—book deals, releases, awards, author or illustrator events (signings, launch parties, appearances), etc. If you’d like your news to be included in next month’s column, please e-mail Laura Parnum at before May 20.

Here’s some exciting news from members in our region this month:



In March, author Andrea Denish launched her picture book Everyone Loves a Parade! (Boyds Mills Press) illustrated by Guilherme Franco. Everyone loves a parade, right? Well, almost everyone! Music, costumes, food, and fun. The sights and sounds of a parade are exciting! From Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year to St. Patrick’s Day and LGBTQ+ Pride, each celebration is a joy for kids, and most adults. With rhyming text and bold illustrations, children will love this festive and humorous look at some of the country’s most well-known parades that features a surprise ending.



Eastern PA SCBWIs co-RA Lindsay Bandy has won SCBWIs WOOP award for her YA historical fiction work in progress, Doublethink. The WOOP award is a grant for SCBWI regional team members for a Work of Outstanding Progress. Doublethink, is set in Hamburg, Germany, 1957, and chronicles the teen years of two Polish children stolen by Nazis—one of whom developed dissociative identity disorder (DID) as a result of trauma and must now grapple with the multiple personalities vying for control of her life. Lindsay hopes to use the grant to offer compensation to personal connections she has made with individuals with DID who have provided valuable feedback to ensure she is sensitively and accurately representing life with the condition. She also hopes to attend Toi Magazines conference in San Francisco in November, where many advocates, psychologists, and DID systems are convening for the “Entitle(DID) to Life” event.


10,000 Writing Ideas book cover

Author and EasternPennPoints columnist (“Write Angles”) Tony Fredericks recently published his latest e-book: 10,000 Writing Ideas: Essential Strategies for Every Writer. This book offers writers (of all stripes) a plethora of story possibilities that “will keep their minds running at ‘warp speed’ and their fingers dancing across the keyboard.” Fiction or nonfiction, picture books or YA novels, 32 pages to 300-plus pages, writers can use this book to generate a whirlwind of creative story ideas for characters, plots, themes, settings, and dialogue. The e-book is available here.


Tenth Avenue Cowboy cover

Linda Oatman High’s 2008 book, Tenth Avenue Cowboy, which was illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, will be released in paperback in March 2021 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. We are thrilled to see it coming back!



Amy Beth Sisson’s article “Nature Pattern” appeared in the March issue of Highlights magazine. The article introduces the idea of fractals to very young children through examples from nature.



This month, author Nicole Wolverton signed with agent Anne Tibbets of D4EO Literary Agency, for representation for her YA fiction. Here’s to a long and productive literary partnership!



Hilda Eunice Burgos recently presented in a webinar with Aida Salazar entitled “Writing Difficult and Taboo Topics for Middle Grade.” They discussed how literature can help middle grade readers navigate the complexities and sometimes harsh realities of life. The webinar was launched by Las Musas as part of a free webinar series to connect Las Musas authors with readers, writers, and educators around the globe. For more information about the webinar series, click here.


If you have good news to share, please send it to to be included in next month’s Member News column.

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2 Responses to Member News — April 2020

  1. Wendy says:

    Congratulations, everyone! Good news is such a boost right now.

  2. wow. congrats to all

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