Member News — December 2020

Member News is a monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We want to celebrate our Eastern PA SCBWI 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 email Laura Parnum at before January 20.

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

Santa and the Cotton Tree (Covenant Books, June 2020) by Diane Campbell Green (illustrated by Linda E. Jones) recently won a Royal Dragonfly Award in the Holiday category. The book tells the story of the Christmas Eve adventures of four children in Yardley, PA, circa 1963 and includes an old Bucks County tradition.

Rissy No Kissies (Carolrhoda Books, March 2021) by Katey Howes (illustrated by Jess Engle) recently received a starred Kirkus review. The book is about a lovebird who doesn’t like kisses: Rissy’s friends and family wonder if she’s sick, confused, or rude. But kisses make Rissy uncomfortable. Can one little lovebird show everyone that there’s no one right way to show you care? Rissy No Kissies carries the message that “your body and your heart are yours, and you choose how to share.” A note at the end provides further information for kids, parents, and educators about body autonomy, consent, and different ways to show affection. The book is currently available for preorder.

A Teacher Like You (Sleeping Bear Press, March 2021) by Frank Murphy and Barbara Dan (illustrated by Kayla Harren) is available for preorder. Teachers have the power to change the life of a child with every new school day. Whether they’re discovering math or reading, practicing a new instrument or a new sport, or learning about our wonderful, diverse world, students can count on the kindness, innovation, and patience of a teacher. This is a wonderful celebration of all the ways teachers help their students bloom.

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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