Children’s Writers’ Good June News

Here’s what’s been happening on the children’s book publishing front during the past month:

The hard-cover edition of Ann Bausum‘s Stonewall, which was released in May, has earned starred reviews and is now sharing the spotlight with the audio book production from Listening Library. Ann reports that her fellow author Tim Federle, who narrated the audio book, has earned an Earphones Award for his performance from AudioFile magazine. The reviewer notes: “…Bausum’s account of the gay rights movement…is told with heartbreaking candor, and Tim Federle’s narration wrings all the emotion from this gripping history. With vocal intensity that is by turns fearful, angry, or touching….”

Ann and her fellow Wisconsin writer, Bridget Birdsall, winner of CWW’s 2014 Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award for her YA novel Double Exposure, will be at  Madison’s west side Barnes and Noble on June 11 to read, talk, and sign their books. The public is invited to attend: Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m., B&N in West Towne Mall, 7433 Mineral Point Road. “Our event coincides, quite happily, with GLBT Book Month (the timing of which can be traced back to the events I write about in Stonewall),” Ann says. 

Becky Wojahn‘s Malcolm at Midnight won the Kansas William Allen White Children’s Book Award. She plans to be in Kansas in October for the award presentation. Malcolm is one of the Wisconsin Golden Archer nominees for the next school year.

Sheila Cohen has a middle school biography of Wisconsinite Sterling North published by the Wisconsin Historical Society coming out this coming October. Sterling North  wrote many books and was literary critique at the Chicago Daily News for many years, but his claim to fame for kids is that his book RASCAL  was made into a Disney movie in the 1960’s.

Pat Schmatz got a star from Kirkus for Lizard Radio (coming out this fall).  Among other things, it says:   Sophisticated, character-driven science fiction, as notable for its genderqueer protagonist as for its intricate, suspenseful plot.

“Nobody has ever accused me of an intricate plot – or any other kind of plot – before so I guess using The Plot Whisperer and making all those $#@#$@ charts and diagrams paid off.” Pat says. “And it’s a surprise to me to learn that it’s science fiction, but I’ll take it!
Janet Halfmann‘s Little Skink’s Tail is on the Just Read Florida: 2015 Summer Recommended Reading List for the seventh year in a row.

JoAnn Macken‘s  Baby Says “Moo!” is out as a padded board book.

Lisa Moser‘s Squirrel’s Fun Day has been selected for the summer reading lists by the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library.

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