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Here’s some exciting news from our members this month:
Author-illustrator Berrie Torgan-Randall has been commissioned by Ladybug Magazine to illustrate a six-panel feature for the Nov/Dec 2022 issue.
Picture book and MG author Jessica Yoon signed with literary agent Tara Gonzalez of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Awards and Honors
Author Hilda Eunice Burgos received a 2021-2022 Charlotte Zolotow honor for her picture book The Cot in the Living Room (Kokila/Penguin Random House, 2021). The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States. Up to five honor books and up to ten highly commended titles may also be named each year. The award was established and is administered by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a children’s literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. In The Cot in the Living Room, a young girl develops empathy for the children who need to use the living-room cot while their parents work the nightshift.
Author Alison Green Meyers received the 2022 Carolyn W. Field Award from the Youth Services Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA). Carolyn W. Field dedicated her life to advancing children’s literature and the powerful role that libraries play in the lives of youth. Since 1983, PaLA’s Youth Services Division has recognized the best book for youngsters written or illustrated by a Pennsylvanian through the Carolyn W. Field Award. A Bird Will Soar tells the story of a bird-loving autistic child whose family’s special nest is in danger of falling apart.
Author Lisa Doseff’s book, Grandma Lisa’s Humming, Buzzing, Chirping Garden, won the silver medal in the Children’s and Young Adult’s Non-Fiction category from the Midwest Book Awards. In this award, publishers based in the Midwest are invited to enter the annual Midwest Book Awards competition for excellence in books. The awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and the book’s unique contribution to its subject area. In this book, Join Grandma Lisa as she enlists the enthusiastic help of her grandchildren in transforming her yard into an attractive garden for wildlife. Told in rhyme, children will enjoy learning about important concepts such as host plants, compost, food webs, and so much more.
Two of our members, Katey Howes and Rose Cappelli, have poems featured in the alphabet poetry anthology Things We Feel (edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong). The book was released this month by Pomelo Books and features poems from A to Z along with full-color photographs that will help kids talk about feeling amazed, brave, curious, determined, excited, frustrated, grateful, happy, inspired, jealous, kooky, lonely, mad, nervous, and more. The poems are ideal for children in preschool through grade 2 (ages 3-7) and can also be used as mentor texts for older students.
Illustrator Tom Uleau (a.k.a. Mr. Tom) announced the release of his debut picture book, The Mouse Who Played Football (Temple University Press, August 1, 2022), which was written by Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Famer Brian Westbrook and TV personality Lesley Van Arsdall. The Mouse Who Played Football is about a mouse named Brian who is looked down upon because of his size. He proves doubters wrong at each stage of his life, mirroring the experiences of Westbrook, former Eagles running back from 2002 to 2010. Tom and the authors will be appearing at the Parkway Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia at noon on August 4.
Ellen L. Ramsey’s poem “An Unusual Race” (involving a slug versus a snail) was published in Spider Magazine and illustrated by Lera Munoz. The issue includes the poem and a fun recipe for “snail snacks” by Heather Tietz with illustration by Anni Betts (and the recipe does not include any snails or slugs, Ellen promises!).
Author Patricia Kreiser recently announced the publishing deal for her debut picture book, Together. The story, which addresses the topics of loss and separation, follows two otters who are always connected—until suddenly they are not. The book was sold to Christianne Jones at Capstone and is scheduled to be released in spring 2024.
Author Lindsay Bandy was featured on Good Day PA! this month. In an “Author Spotlight” segment on Bastille Day, Lindsay was interviewed about her debut historical fiction YA novel, Nemesis and the Swan. In the book, which is set in revolutionary Paris, the secrets behind an eerie set of brooches will either send a young aristocrat to the guillotine or save her life.
SCBWI Recommended Reading List—July 2022
Each month, SCBWI features books written and illustrated by members from across the globe and every month highlights a new theme that will foster discussions, activities, and enjoyment! This month, SCBWI celebrates our members who have self-published or independently published their books without the help of a traditional/PAL publisher. Books featured from Eastern PA members include Fig Wheatley and the Circle of Lunch by Lori DeFinis and Mikey and the Swamp Monster by Jeanne Moran.