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 firstname.lastname@example.org before March 20 or fill out our “Good News Survey.”
Here’s some exciting news from our members this month:
Author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow recently announced that her book Hold Them Close has been acquired by Luana Horry at HarperCollins with illustrations by Patrick Dougher. This ode to Black children encourages them to hold on tight to their proud history, loved ones, and moments of joy in the face of racialized violence and oppression. Publication is set for fall 2022.
A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity by Nicole Valentine has been nominated for the PA Young Readers Choice Award. The award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. The purpose of the award is to promote the reading of quality books by young people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to promote teacher and librarian involvement in children’s and young adult literature, and to honor authors whose works have been recognized by the students of Pennsylvania.
Author Annette Whipple released two books recently. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press, August 2020) encourages children to engage in pioneer activities while thinking deeper about the Ingalls and Wilder families as portrayed in the nine Little House books. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion provides brief introductions to each Little House book, chapter-by-chapter story guides, and “Fact or Fiction” sidebars, plus 75 activities, crafts, and recipes that encourage kids to “Live Like Laura” using easy-to-find supplies. Thoughtful questions help the reader develop appreciation and understanding of Wilder’s stories. Every aspiring adventurer will enjoy this walk alongside Laura from the big woods to the golden years.
Annette’s latest release, Whoo Knew? The Truth About Owls (Reycraft Books, September 2020), is a question-and-answer picture book. Each page spread focuses on one Q&A. In addition to the main text and lots of stunning photographs, each page spread includes a visit from an illustrated owl whooo shares from his perspective—often with a bit of sass.