Good News in the World of Wisconsin’s Kiddy Lit Writers

Here are the monthly postings of achievements and accolades from members of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators, Wisconsin chapter:

  • Sheri Bestor reports that Scarecrow Press has publisher her non-fiction book, Substance Abuse, the Ultimate Teen Guide, which has received a good review.
  • Julie Mata, author of Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens, stuck her toe in the world of social media, creating an author page on Facebook, creating a website (, and is on Twitter @juliehmata.
  • Gayle Rosengren’s What the Moon Said is to be published next month by Putnam Young Readers Group and has already been termed “Sensitive and tender” by Kirkus, a “heartwarming story” and “engaging historical fiction” by Booklist, and  “…Esther makes the most of each day, asks little, and gives much,” by Publishers Weekly.  Putnam has also offered Gayle a contract for her second book, tentatively titled Joanna’s Cold War, which is a middle grade historical fiction scheduled for summer 2015 publication.
  • Miranda Paul recently received the contract for her third picture book, title yet to be determined, slated to be published in 2016 by Lerner/Millbrook. 

Congratulations to all of these writers!

Maybe they will enter their work in a CWW contest. Deadline for work published in 2013 is coming up soon — Jan. 31. Books published in 2014 will be eligible for contests with an entry deadline in January 2015. Contest information is at

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