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News About Wisconsin’s Writers of Children’s Literature

Picture-book author Miranda Paul says the Library of Congress Young Reader’s Center has posted the video of the Booktalking session she did in Washington D.C. for Earth Day 2015. (Link: https://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7058).
Also, Miranda’s new book Whose Hands Are These
came out last month. Her launch party will be at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee on Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. All are all invited to come, and feel free to invite friends or family.
Children’s writer JoAnn Early Macken will be among poets reading on Tuesday, March 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. at  Mount Mary University’s  Writers on Writing series. The event will take place in  Helfaer Hall (located in Caroline Hall). More details here: http://mtmary.edu/news-events/events/writers-on-writing.html.
Author and literary agent Sheri Bestor’s picture book Good Trick, Walking Stick!
has been released by Sleeping Bear Press.
Picture book maven Janet Halfmann (I’ve lost count of the many fabulous books she’s had published!) has a new book, Grandma is a Slowpoke,
Grandma Is a Slowpoke
published by Star Bright Books, which came out last month.

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The Picture-Book Meister Wins Again

Janet Halfmann, one of Wisconsin’s most prolific picture-book authors–if not the most–has won yet another award. Her book Animal Teachers had already won a Gold Best Book Award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, but now it has also received a PLATINUM Best Book Award in the Preschool and Early School Years categories.

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Here’s what the organization’s write-up said:

Animal Teachers
(By Janet Halfmann/ illus Katy Hudsom, Blue Apple $17.99 Score:)How do animals learn? They don’t go to school or have books. In a charming and informative book, they learn from their teachers, their mothers, fathers and sometimes the herd they live with in the great outdoor classroom of the world. Each new idea is followed with interactive questions that give children a chance to make the connections between their world and how they learn.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

Janet’s books have also won a Council for Wisconsin Writers Tofte-Wright Children’s Literature award and honorable mention.

For more information about CWW, its annual contests and awards, please go to http://www.wiswriters.org/index.htm.

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Short Story Places First

Thanks to fellow writer and CWW Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature contest honorable mention and former first-place winner Janet Halfmann for writing this article.

SM Author Jerrianne Hayslett’s Short Story Wins First-Place Prize


Hayslett serves on the CWW Board of Directors and author of the award-winning book, Anatomy of a Trial.

Learn more about CWW and its mission at www.wiswriters.org.


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Animals Teach in CWW Honor Book

Among the many truly superb writers in Wisconsin are those whose works were recognized by receiving honor mentions in the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2014 contests.

Below is publisher Blue Apple’s summary of Toffte/Wright Childrens Literature honorable mention winner Animal Teacher by Janet Halffmann. Below that is the cover and first four pages of the book, which also is an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2014 Gold Seal Best Book Award winner:

How Do Animals Learn To Swim, Fish, Box, Or Build?

In the forest, in the pond, in caves, prairies, and jungles, in all the world’s outdoor “classrooms,” baby animals are…learning! They are taking lessons on how to be an expert swimmer, alarm-sounder, racer-chaser, or hide-and-seeker. They don’t have books, or desks, or computers. But they do have teachers!
With clear, graceful prose and striking illustrations,  Animal Teachers showcases the teacher-student dynamic between adult and young animals as they are taught crucial skills needed to handle daily challenges.
An entertaining combination of science and storytelling, this instructive title presents skills that a dozen different young animals have to learn.
Will the animals earn an “A”for their efforts? No!
But a banana or a good hiding place might be even better!

More information about Janet, Animal Teachers and her other books is at http://www.janethalfmann.com/









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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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CWW Contest Awards Presented

Council for Wisconsin Writers contest winners of first-place awards and honorable mentions were feted Saturday, May 16, at the CWW Annual Awards Banquet at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee.

From left, front row:  Zona Gale Short Fiction Winner Margaret Benbow of Madison,  Edna Meudt Poetry Book Honorable Mention Angela Sorby of Milwaukee, Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Honorable Mention Janet Halfmann of South Milwaukee, Christopher Latham Scholes Award Recipient Daniel Goldin of Milwaukee, CWW Essay Award for Young Writers Honorable Mention Erica Howe of Viroqua, Edna Ferber Fiction Book Winner Chloe Krug Benjamin of Madison.
Back row:  Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award Winner John Hildebrand of Eau Claire, Kay W. Levin Award for Short Nonfictin Winner Catherine Jagoe  of Madison, Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award Winner Cathryn Cofell of Appleton, Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award Honorable Mention DeWitt Clinton of Shorewood, Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award Honorable Mention Tom Pamperin of Chippewa Falls, Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award Winner Bridget Birdsall of Madison, Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award Winner Sean Bishop of Madison, Zona Gale Short Fiction Award Honorable Mention Liam Callanan of Milwaukee, CWW Esay Award for Young Writers Winner Kade Byrand of Sheboygan.

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Boswell’s Features Children’s Authors During Children’s Book Week

Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee (2559 N. Downer Avenue) is celebrating Children’s Book Week with three days of great local children’s authors and SCBWI members discussing their books:

Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m., features a panel of Middle-Grade genre writers that includes Julie Mata, whose Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens   Kate Walden Directs

is being followed by Kate Walden Directs: Slug Man from Mars, which is being published this spring; Sandy Brehl, whose Odin’s Promise    Odin's Promise: A Novel of Norway

came out last fall, and Emily Demuth Ishida, whose Hattie’s War also debuted last fall.

Hattie's War

On Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Young Adult author Sylvia Acevedo, whose God Awful Loser 

  is just out will present.

Saturday, May 9, wat 2 p.m. Picture Book authors Janet Halfmann, whose Animal Teachers

 is the most recent of her many books, Kashmira Sheth, whose most recent book  Sona and the Wedding Game

came out earlier this month, and Jamie Swenson, whose most recent book If You Were a Dog

 was published last September, are on the schedule.


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