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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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Upcoming Event in Mt. Mary’s “Writers on Writing” Series

Here’s info about this event:

Writers On Writing Series

The Mount Mary University Master of Arts in English program presents this series that brings best-selling authors to campus to talk about their published work, their process and their craft.

Upcoming Events

Writers on Writing: Featuring Poets Paulette Beete and JoAnn Early Macken

Paulette BeeteTuesday, March 8, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Helfaer Hall (located in Caroline Hall)

Writers on Writing featuring poets Paulette Beete and JoAnn Early Macken who will read from their work, examine the poetry writing process, and discuss the world of poetry. Event is free and open to the public. For additional information contact Karen Murray atmurrayk@mtmary.edu or 414-930-3359. Reserve your spot below.

Paulette Beete’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming in journals, including Crab Orchard ReviewGargoyleEscape into LifeFound Poetry ReviewBeltway Poetry Quarterly, and many others. She’s the author of the chapbooks Blues for a Pretty Girl (Finishing Line Press) and Voice Lessons (Plan B Press), and her work appears in the anthologies Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC and Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. She blogs (occasionally) at thehomebeete.com.

JoAnn Early MackenJoAnn Early Macken is the author of five picture books and more than 130 educational books for children. Her rhyming picture book Baby Says “Moo!” is now a padded board book. Waiting Out the Storm received a starred review in Booklist and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award. Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move received the Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature Award.

JoAnn’s poems appear in many children’s magazines and anthologies, including the 2015 Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations. Her poetry instruction guide Write a Poem Step by Step is based on her workshops.

JoAnn earned her M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education writing courses at four Wisconsin colleges. JoAnn speaks to writers of all ages and contributes to the Teaching Authors group blog. Visit her web site at www.joannmacken.com.

Here’s the link:  http://mtmary.edu/news-events/events/writers-on-writing.html

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Sheboygan Children’s Book Fest This Weekend

The fantastic (and free) Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is this weekend, October 9-11, in Sheboygan at these three beautiful venues: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Mead Public Library, and Bookworm Gardens. The festival  features programming for children, teens, and adults with 16 authors and illustrators presenting at those three venues. A number of Wisconsin SCBWI members will be speaking, including Miranda Paul, Ann Angel, Andrea Skyberg, Stacy Tornio, Ken Keffer and JoAnn Early Macken.

Here’s the link to full details: http://sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org/

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PB, MG Writers Hope to have Humorous Meeting

For Wisconsinites who write for children, the Southeast region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators-Wisconsin Chapter is meeting in Wauwatosa on March 11. Here is area coordinator Andrea Skyberg’s announcement:

Please join us for a SE area meet-up on March 11th at the Wauwatosa Library. We have two fantastic writers–JoAnn Early Macken and Jeff Schill, who are both Vermont College of Fine Arts grads, leading us in discussions about creating quirky characters and writing with humor.  From 10-12pm we will focus on picture books, and from 1-3pm we will focus on MG/YA. We’ll probably gather somewhere nearby for lunch in between the two sessions. The agenda is below. Bring with paper and a  pencil, and make sure you check out the show & tell portion of the meet-up so you can bring along some books to share. This meet-up is free and open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend. See you soon!
Please rsvp to skyberg@gmail.com if you’re able to attend.

March 11th, 2015:SCBWI Meet-up

Wauwatosa Library 7635 West North Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53213

PB Meet-up 

March 11th, 10am-12pm

Topic: Character Driven Stories & Creating Quirky Characters

Lead: JoAnn Early Macken


•     Show & Tell: Picture Books that feature successful characters

•     A short discussion on creating character driven stories

•     Character Creation Exercise

SHOW & TELL: Participants please bring with one or two picture books that you find have great characters. We’ll share these with each other to build our reading list, as well as have some samples of text to explore.

JoAnn Early Macken is the author of Write a Poem Step by Step and five picture books, including Baby Says “Moo!” (soon to be a board book), Waiting Out the Storm, and Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move. She has also written numerous poems and more than 130 nonfiction books for young readers. JoAnn earned her M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught writing at four Wisconsin colleges, she contributes to the Teaching Authors blog, and she speaks about poetry and writing to students, teachers, and adult writers at schools, libraries, and conferences. Visit her web site at www.joannmacken.com.

MG/YA Meet-up
March 11th, 1-3pm

Topic: A Serious Look at Humor

Lead: Jeff Schill


•Show & Tell: MG/YA that feature humor

•A short discussion on the history of humor

•Creating Humor Activity

•Unexpected Twist Activity

SHOW & TELL: Participants please bring with one or two books (MG or YA) that you find funny or that use humor in a clever way. We’ll share these with each other to build our reading list, as well as have some samples of text to explore.

Jeff Schill is a self-proclaimed “kid at heart.” He eats peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, spins in circles in his swivel chair at work, and would hang a poster of Taylor Swift on his bedroom wall if his wife would allow it. He spends the majority of his day writing stories, dreaming of characters, and eating jelly beans. He is a recent graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program.

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Children’s Authors Appearing at WSRA

Wisconsin children’s authors Ann Angel, Bridget Birdsall, Stephanie LowdenJoAnn Early Macken, Julie H. Mata, Miranda Paul, Gayle Rosengren, Pat Schmatz, Andrea Skyberg, Jamie Swenson, Sandy Brehl, and Janet Halfmann will be at the Wisconsin State Reading Association conference  this Thursday and Friday (Feb. 5 and 6) at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, and signing their books at the Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville and SCBWI-Wisconsinin area of the Exhibits area. 

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WI Children’s Book Authors’ Spring Release List

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Wisconsin chapter, has issued a flyer listing books by Wisconsin authors and illustrators being published this spring. Here’s the list. The actual flyer is at http://wisconsin.scbwi.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/86/files/2014/01/Spring-Release-Flyer.2014.pdf.  The success of Wisconsin writers and artists is just astounding!

2014 SPRING RELEASES by WISCONSIN Authors and Illustrators

BEN and ZIP: TWO SHORT FRIENDS by Joanne Linden, art by Tom Goldsmith (Flashlight Press, April, 2014) ISBN:
BIG RIG by Jamie A. Swenson, art by Ned Young (Disney Hyperion, 2/4/14) ISBN: 978-1-4231-6330-5
CORK AND FUZZ: WAIT A MINUTE! By Dori Chaconas, art by Lisa McCue (Viking/Penguin Young Readers, 2/6/14) ISBN: 978-0-670-01481-1
HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN by Thelma Godin, illustrated by vanes Brantley Newton  (Lee & Low Publishers, April) ISBN: 978-1-60060-846
THE PENTECOST STORY by Elizabeth Jaeger (Concordia Publishing, Arch Books, January) ISBN-13: 978-0-7586-4604-0
RAINBOW OF BIRDS by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Jack Foster (Guardian Angel Publishing, April) ISBN: 978-1-6163-3462-8

ASK AGAIN LATER, by Liz Czukas (Harper Teen, 3/11/14) YA Contemporary ISBN: 978-0062272393
KATE WALDEN DIRECTS: NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIE CHICKENS by Julie Mata (Disney Hyperion, 5/20/14) Middle Grade. ISBN: 978-1-4231-9459-0
ODIN’S PROMISE by Sandy Brehl (Crispin Books, 4/15/14) MG Historical Fiction ISBN-13: 978-1-883953-65-2
POET’S WORKSHOP series: Read, Recite, and Write Free Verse Poems; Read, Recite, and Write Limericks; Read, Recite, and Write Narrative Poems; and Read, Recite, and Write Nursery Rhymes. By JoAnn Early Macken (Crabtree Publishing) Available in eBook, paperback, and library binding at http://www.crabtreebooks.com/catalogs/schoolcatalog/
ROAD TO SOMEWHERE, by Kelley Lynn and Jenny S. Morris (Bloomsbury Spark, 2/11/14) YA Contemporary ISBN:
ROYALLY LOST by Angie Stanton (Harper Teen, 5/6/14) YA ISBN-13: 978-0062272584
SUBSTANCE ABUSE: THE ULTIMATE TEEN GUIDE, by Sheri Bestor  (Scarecrow Press) Non-fiction. ISBN: 9780810885585
WHAT THE MOON SAID by Gayle Rosengren (Putnam Young Readers, 2/20/14) MG Historical Fiction ISBN: 978-0-399-16352-4
WHITE SPACE: Book One of the DARK PASSAGES by Ilsa J. Bick (Egmont USA, February) Young Adult ISBN-10: 1606844199, ISBN-13: 978-1606844199

These books will be eligible for the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2014  Tofte/WrightChildren’s Literature Award , which has been won in recent years by SCBWI members Kathleen Ernst, Janet Halfmann and Jacqueline Houtman. Entry deadline for work published in 2013 is Jan. 31, 2014. Please visit the CWW website at www.wiswriters.org for more details.


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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
Jstewig@carthage.edu          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: http://www.mtmary.edu/summerschool.htm 
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 http://www.mtmary.edu/camps.htm
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 (http://www.fawchicago.org/)

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 http://www.wiswriters.org.




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