News From the Children’s Corner

Following are details about a Carthage College event, “Wisconsin Women Write for Children”,  from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on May 14 at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Women Write for Children Event

Come for desserts and coffee in a beautiful historic mansion. 

The Woman’s Club of Wisconsin is the setting for this presentation.
Writers include:  Carole Barrowman, Ann Bausum, Lois Ehlert, Janet Halfmann,
Barbara Joosse, JoAnn Early Macken, Lisa Moser
The Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
813 East Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(Free valet parking available)When:
Tuesday May 14th
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Program is from 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration fee is $15, with $5 for students.

Registration is open. Walk-ins 
are welcome at the event itself
Make checks payable to The Center for Children’s Literature

Mail to: Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140

or pay at the event          262-552-5480
Carthage College Center for Children’s Literature
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The first of each month, members of Wisconsin’s chapter of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators announce their good news of the previous  month, generally good reviews, honors and awards, and newly published work. Here in their own words is their news  from the month of April:

JoAnn Early Macken

In addition to the Wisconsin Women Write for Children event, I'll be 
teaching picture book classes in both Milwaukee and Madison over the 
next couple of months. Here are the details:

Writing a Children's Picture Book, 5 Thursday evenings starting May 9 at 
UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education (downtown in the Grand 
Avenue mall). Details and registration info are at

Children's Picture Books: Write and Submit Your Stories, Jun 17-21, 9:30 
a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day at UW-Madison. More info is at

Ann Angel

There are also some interesting writing courses available this summer at Mount 
Mary College that children's writers might find appealing. These include a 
six-week Writing Healing Stories workshop, a course for fiction and nonfiction 
writers called Pushing Boundaries which will be taught by Madison's Chris Mohar, 
and a picture book workshop that is in-person on Wed evenings and includes an 
online component. For more information, you can go directly to the website: 
or email me personally.

For kids, RedOak writers summer writing camp is again offering the camp on Mount 
Mary's campus. For more information on that camp, please go to
Pat Zietlow Miller
I've sold two picture books. One, The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, sold to Chronicle Books. It's fiction, but it's inspired by Olympic sprinter Wilma Rudolph. The other, tentatively titled Roads, sold to Little, Brown. It's a lyrical look at the roads we take in life -- both literal and metaphorical. 

Dori Chaconas
I've been fortunate enough to be offered a contract from Viking for a tenth book in the easy-reader series, Cork and Fuzz. 

Emily Kokie

Personal Effects is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award (the winner
will be announced in June). As part of the celebration leading up to the
award presentation, on May 22 I will be doing a reading in Chicago with 8
other finalists. Details:
Miranda Paul
My second picture book went to auction, and my agent and I have accepted an
offer from Neal Porter at Neal Porter Books! Roaring Brook and Neal Porter
Books have produced some of my very favorite picture books, and this is a
significant honor for me. I'm also proud of the fact that it's a rhyming
book, and non-fiction!

Kate Heling
Debbie (Hembrook) and I are pleased to announce that our picture book CLOTHESLINE CLUES TO JOBS PEOPLE DO (Charlesbridge) was named to the 2013 Best Children's Books of the Year list by the Children's Book Committee. We've also recently received word that this book will be coming out in paperback in Spring, 2014.
And even more exciting........we've been offered a contract for CLOTHESLINE
CLUES TO SPORTS PEOPLE PLAY, publication date of August, 2015.  We
anticipate that the new CLOTHESLINE CLUES book will have the same
illustrator, Andy Davies from the UK.

Janet Halfmann

Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be? (Blue Apple Books) won the Lupine Picture Book Honor Award from the Maine Library Association. The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to children's literature of Maine.

Plus, Little Skink's Tail is on the Just Read, Florida! 2013 Summer Recommended 
Reading List for K-3.

Becky Wojahn

My news is that MALCOLM AT MIDNIGHT won a 2013 Friends of American Writers 
Literary Award (

Kashmira Sheth

I have a book signing coming up for Tiger in My Soup and I hope some of you
can make it. It is on the 14th of May at 7:00 PM at Barnes and Noble west (in Madison).
Michael Kress-Russick

Cricket has asked me to generate four illustrations for a piece of historical fiction to be run in their 75th anniversary issue (Sept).

Please check back after the CWW Awards Banquet next Saturday, May 11. I hope to be able to post some pictures from it on this blog.  Meantime, please visit the CWW website at




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2 responses to “News From the Children’s Corner

  1. Sandy Brehl

    Please note that your announcement includes an error. It says registration closed on April 28, but that has changed. Registration is wide open and walk-ins are welcome at the event itself. Sandy

    Sent from my iPad

  2. jhayslett

    Thank you, Sandy. I’ve corrected the post and will post a separate correction in the hope of alerting any who saw the original post before I corrected it and thought they had missed the deadline.

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