Member News — August 2020

Member News is a 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 September 20.

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

Pearl Goes to Preschool

Just in time for back-to-school, author-illustrator Julie Fortenberry’s picture book Pearl Goes to Preschool has been released in the United States by Candlewick (July 2020) and in the United Kingdom by Walker Books (August 2020). The book tells the story of Pearl, a timid child who warms to the idea of preschool with her mother’s tactical nudging and her own ingenuity. The story is accompanied by Julie’s warm and soothing illustrations. Here’s what the reviews are saying:

“Tender and sweet comfort.” —Kirkus Reviews

“. . . with a winsome quality that suits the story well. A pleasing picture book for young dance lovers.” —Booklist

“This charming antidote to preschool anxiety contains a deftly measured dose of sweetness.” —Publishers Weekly

Be A Maker cover

Be A Maker by Katey Howes with illustrations by Elizabet Vuković was recently awarded the 2020 Social Justice Literature Award by the International Literacy Association (ILA). The SJLA seeks to “recognize outstanding books that address social responsibility towards individuals, communities, societies and/or the environment and which invite reflection and socially responsible action by the reader.”

It was also announced this week that Asia Citro at The Innovation Press has acquired Katey’s picture book, A Poem Grows Inside You, to be illustrated by artist Heather Brockman Lee. Katey says, “A Poem Grows Inside You is an honest, delicate little piece of my heart—and one I hope will serve to show young writers how incredible it is to nurture the seed of an idea into life.” Publication is planned for fall 2022.


BerrieTorganRandall E&I slideshow illustration

Eastern PA SCBWI’s own Illustrator Coordinator, Berrie Torgan-Randall, has had her illustration featured on SCBWI’s Equity and Inclusion training slideshows. The Equity and Inclusion training has been implemented this summer for all of SCBWI’s regional team members worldwide. This has been an important initiative for the SCBWI mission to become agents of change by affirming the need for increased representation in every facet of the children’s and YA book industry.

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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1 Response to Member News — August 2020

  1. Joanne Roberts says:

    Congratulations to all. We can’t wait to hear about your next steps!

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