Member News — September 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 epa-ara@scbwi.org before October 20.

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

Jan Zauzmer’s debut children’s book, If You Go with Your Goat to Vote, was released on September 22—just in time for the election. Filled with Andrew Roberts’s irresistibly cute illustrations, this picture book shows thirteen adorable animal families voting by mail and at the polls—and even includes a sheet of fun “I Voted” stickers. From a kid chewing over the ballot, to a bunny hopping to the polling place, to a night owlet staying up late to watch the returns, If You Go with Your Goat to Vote aims to inspire kids to grow up to vote!

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Author Jen Bryant will be launching her new book Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball, illustrated by Frank Morrison (Abrams, October 2020) with a virtual launch party through Children’s Book World on October 6 at 7:00 p.m. Above the Rim is the story of Elgin Baylor, Hall of Fame-basketall player and civil rights advocate. One of the first professional African-American players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels and restaurants turned Elgin away because he was Black. One night, Elgin had enough and staged a one-man protest that captured the attention of the press, the public, and the NBA. For details on joining the book launch, click here.

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Author Kim Briggs, writing as K.B. Anne, is celebrating the completion of her YA series The Goddess Chronicles. She released Oak Moon at the end of August, and the final book, Storm Moon, releases this week. This six-book series culminates with Gigi and her friends facing off against witches, werewolves, an evil faerie, a manipulative god, and a one-eyed giant with the power to turn all he gazes upon to stone, all while trying to save her best friend and—well, the world. For more information, go to https://www.kbanne.com/thegoddesschroniclesbykbanne.

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If you have good news to share, please send it to epa-ara@scbwi.org to be included in next month’s Member News column.

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