Member News—January 2023

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 or fill out our “Good News Survey” before the 20th of the month.

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

Cover Reveal and Preorder Information

A Book for Bear by Ellen Ramsey

Author Ellen Ramsey recently revealed the cover for her upcoming debut picture book, A Book for Bear (Flamingo Books/Penguin Young Readers, July 2023). The book is illustrated by MacKenzie Haley. A Book for Bear tells the story of a book-loving bear and a book-loving girl who hatch a plan to find the perfect book for them to read together. But sneaking a bear into school, a library, and a bookstore proves harder than they thought. Will Bear ever find the perfect book, a book the color of ripe, red raspberries and delicious to read? Preorder information is available on Ellen’s website at

Upcoming Publication and Book Launch Event

Finley: A Moose on the Caboose by Candace Spizzirri

Author Candace Spizzirri’s second picture book, Finley: A Moose on the Caboose, will release with Gnome Road on April 18, 2023 and is available for preorder now. Finley, a friendly moose with a toothy grin wants nothing more than to ride the rails across Alaska and beyond but “Rules are rules” and wild animals aren’t allowed on trains . . . or so says Conductor Jones. Finley finds a costume shop and tries to pass for anything but wild, and in the end, Finley has something Conductor Jones doesn’t see coming—heart and determination—showing us all that there are some rules in life that are meant to be changed. A book launch is scheduled for April 22, 2023 at 1:00 at the Barnes & Noble in Exton, PA, and she’d love to see you there! You can find out more about her on her website at and connect with her on Twitter @CCSpizzirri1, on Instagram @CCSpizzirri, and on Facebook @CandaceSpizzirri.

Upcoming Publication

The Secret Life of the Flying Squirrel illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Illustrator Kate Garchinsky’s latest book in the Secret Life series, The Secret Life of the Flying Squirrel, is due to release in April 2023 from Astra Young Readers. Written by Laurence Pringle, the book follows a year in the life of Volans, a flying squirrel, as she glides in the night air to hunt for food, deftly avoids danger from a raccoon, and gives birth to three tiny pups before preparing once again for the coming winter. Filled with intriguing facts and Kate’s gorgeous illustrations, readers will be fascinated by the story of these remarkable rodents. This latest title in the Secret Life series has been vetted by a flying squirrel expert and includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.

Deal Announcements

Author Nicole M. Wolverton’s YA debut, A Misfortune of Lake Monsters was acquired by Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books with Elena Gibson editing. A Misfortune of Lake Monsters tells the story of a high school senior whose college plans are disrupted when she is tapped to take over the family business of impersonating her town’s infamous lake monster—only to discover a very real lake monster eating its way through the populace. Publication is set for summer 2024.

Ann Kelley at RH Studio has acquired Together We Are Sunshine by author Jamila Thompkins-Bigelow, which will be illustrated by Raissa Figueroa. Together We Are Sunshine is a picture book that celebrates sisterhood in which three girls navigate the natural world and their own relationships. Publication is slated for summer 2025.

Allyn Johnson at S&S/Beach Lane Books has bought world rights to Where the Deer Slip Through by author Katey Howes, which will be illustrated by Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes. Where the Deer Slip Through is a cumulative picture book about the wide range of wildlife that slips in and out of a quiet, protected meadow near a country house. Publication is planned for summer 2025.

Award Announcement

Miosotis Flores Never Forgets by Hilda Eunice Burgos

Hilda Eunice Burgos has received a Gold Standard Selection award from Junior Library Guild for her middle grade novel Miosotis Flores Never Forgets (Tu Books, 2021). Miosotis Flores is excited about three things: fostering rescue dogs, goofy horror movies, and her sister Amarilis’ upcoming wedding. But her papi wants her to care about school more than anything else, so they strike a deal—if Miosotis improves her grades in two classes, she can adopt a dog of her own in the summer. Miosotis dives into her schoolwork, and into nurturing a fearful little pup called Freckles. Could he become her forever dog? At the same time, she notices Amarilis behaving strangely—wearing thick clothes in springtime, dropping her friends in favor of her fiancé, even avoiding Miosotis and the rest of their family. When Miosotis finally discovers her sister’s secret, she faces some difficult choices. What do you do if someone is in danger, but doesn’t want your help? When should you ask for support, and when should you try to handle things on your own? What ultimately matters most—what Miosotis wants, or what’s right for the ones she loves?

Recent Publication

Izmelda the Fairest Dragon of Them All! by Joan Marr

Author Joan Marr’s debut picture book, Izmelda the Fairest Dragon of Them All!, recently released on January 10. The book is illustrated by Lala Watkins and is published by Union Square Kids. It tells the story of a fairy-tale loving dragon who longs to befriend a princess, but the princess she meets, Penelope, isn’t quite as into fairy-tale tropes. No matter—with a little understanding, a prompt from some witches, and some creative fun with cupcakes, they figure out how to make their friendship work! Find out more about Joan on her website at and follow her on Twitter @joanmarrbooks.

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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4 Responses to Member News—January 2023

  1. I love seeing these lovely covers and reading all the good news! Congrats to all!

  2. Congratulations, everyone!! PA is full of talent :))

  3. adillustration says:

    Congrats, all!

  4. Thelia Hutchinson says:

    Congratulations to all!

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