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 July 20, or fill out our “Good News Survey.”
Here’s some exciting news from our members this month:
Author Hilda Eunice Burgos’s debut picture book, The Cot in the Living Room (illustrated by Gaby D’Alessandro), was released on June 1 from Kokila. The book tells the story of a young Dominican American girl in New York City who moves from jealousy to empathy as her parents babysit children whose families work overnight shifts. The Cot in the Living Room is a celebration of the ways a Dominican American community takes care of one another while showing young readers that sometimes the best way to be a better neighbor is by imagining how it feels to spend a night sleeping on someone else’s pillow.
- Author Dana Kramaroff recently signed with literary agent Rena Rossner of the Deborah Harris Literary Agency for her middle grade novel.
- Illustrator Julia Glukhoy has signed with Essie White at Storm Literary Agency. Julie wrote about the experience of getting her agent on her blog: https://www.juliaglukhoy.com/blog-1/2021/6/15/signing-on-with-an-agency
- Author Ellen Ramsey is now being represented by Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency for picture books.
Here’s to long and productive partnerships for all of them!
Cover Reveal and Preorder Announcement
Check out the beautiful cover for author Alison Green Myers’s debut novel, A Bird Will Soar (Dutton Books for Young Readers, October 2021). The cover was designed by Samira Iravani and illustrated by Madeline Kloepper. A Bird Will Soar is also now available for preorder! The book is a heartfelt and hopeful story about a bird-loving autistic child whose family’s special nest is in danger of falling apart: Axel knows that his mother is like an osprey—the best of all bird mothers—but it’s hard to remember that when she is worrying and keeping secrets. His father, who is more like a wild turkey, comes and goes as he pleases. Still, Axel loves the time he spends with his friends observing the eagles’ nest in the woods near his home. When a tornado damages not only Axel’s home but the eagles’ nest, Axel’s life is thrown into chaos. But Axel knows an important fact: An eagle’s instincts let it soar. Axel must trust his own instincts to help heal his family and the nest he loves.
Author Linda Oatman High will be a professor of Creative Writing at Cornell College for seven weeks this fall. Linda was their Distinguished Visiting Author last March, just as COVID-19 took hold, and she loves working with the students.
SCBWI’s June 2021 Recommended Reading List
SCBWI’s June Recommended Reading List featured two creators from our Eastern PA region. Each month, SCBWI features books written and illustrated by our members, and every month highlights a new theme that will foster discussions, activities, and enjoyment. The theme for June was “Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride.” Books featured from our members included Who Is Making a Mess? illustrated by Charlie Eve Ryan and Edie In Between by Laura Sibson.