Member News—November 2021

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 December 20, or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

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

Award Announcement

Blue by L.E. DeLano

Blue by L.E. DeLano is a 2021 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite in young adult fiction. The New York City Big Book Award is a pure content and presentation award, allowing all publishers, authors, and presses to compete directly. To find out more about the award and other winners, go to

Book Deal Announcement

Author Alyssa Reynoso-Morris has announced that world rights for her picture book Gloriana, Presente: A First Day of School Story was acquired by Jessica Anderson at Little, Brown/Ottaviano in an exclusive submission. This bilingual picture book features a Dominican American girl overcoming anxiety and finding her voice in the classroom. The book is scheduled for 2023 and will be illustrated by Doris Rodriguez.

SCBWI’s Recommended Reading List—November 2021

The Cloud Artist by Sherri Maret

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. November’s Recommended Reading List features books that celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. The list includes fiction, nonfiction, Own Voices books, bilingual books, and more. SCBWI’s November Recommended Reading List includes one book from a member of our region, The Cloud Artist by Sherri Maret.

If you have good news to share, please send it to to be included in next month’s Member News column or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

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