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Madison Author Receives National Award — Again!


Famed children’s author and Madison native Kevin Henkes has done it again. His picture book, Waiting, has been selected by the American Library Association as a Caldecott Honor Book.

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Henkes is no stranger to the ALA or Caldecott. In 2005, his Kitten’s First Full Moon won the most coveted Caledcott Medal. His book Owen has also received a Caldecott honor. In addition, his books have also received Newbery and Theodore Geisel honors.

According to a report in the Wisconsin State JournalHenkes made headlines by being  “the only author/illustrator to have won across the categories of Caldecott honors and Caldecott Medal, awarded annually for most distinguished picture book for children; Geisel honors, for distinguished beginning reader books; and Newbery honors, for outstanding contributions to children’s literature.”

Henkes, whose books Lilly’s Purple Purse and Chrysanthemum have become beloved children’s classics, has a new book, When Spring Comes, due out next month and another one titled Eggs to be published next year.

Congratulations to Wisconsin’s native star children’s author!

CWW Awards contest are open for entries until February 1, 2016. Nineteen days, including today, to get those entries in!



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Wisconsin author’s PB Inspiration Named ‘Climate Hero’

A Gambian woman who inspired Wisconsin author Miranda Paul’s picture book, ONE PLASTIC BAG, is being hailed as a “climate hero,” according to an SCBWI-Wisconsin Facebook posting. 

Here’s a link to the documentary, ISATOU CEESAY, QUEEN OF PLASTIC RECYCLING IN THE GAMBIA: http://climateheroes.org/portfolio-item/isatou-ceesay-queen-plastic-recycling-gambia/ isatou-ceesay

Miranda’s debut picture book ONE PLASTIC BAG    and her subsequent WATER IS WATER: A BOOK ABOUT THE WATER CYCLE Product Detailswere published this year. Her WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE? A COMMUNITY HELPER GUESSING BOOK  Product Details is due out in January and her TRAINBOTS is scheduled for release in June.

When Miranda who is an SCBWI-Wisconsin regional advisor, learned that Ceesay had been named a climate hero, she wrote,  “Wow. Thanks! Isatou is such an inspiration, and it was an honor for her to work with me while I was writing the book.”
The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a unique community of writers, poets, and educators dedicated to the recognition of outstanding work by Wisconsin writers, and to promoting public awareness of our state’s great literary heritage. Please visit us as www.wiswriters.org.

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