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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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WI Children’s Writers Score

The WI SCBWI folks report the following recent good news:

Sharon Addy says, "Fun for Kidz magazine said yes to a fill in the blank story. It's not a huge sale, but the reward of a sale is bigger than the check that will (eventually) come. I write little things because they're fun and I love the back and forth of SASEs. They make me feel connected. This policy of not returning ms might cut expenses, but it doesn't provide the affirmation that someone actually looked at the work. Other than that, I have a story under contract with Cricket."

Sharon also reports that two of her picture books, Lucky Jake and Right Here On This Spot, are among the books suggested for the nation-wide summer library program with the theme 'Dig in and Read.'
Sheri Sinykin, who relocated from Wisconsin to Massachusetts a couple of years ago, will be in Green Bay this fall to receive the Wisconsin Library Association's Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award for the most distinguished children's book by a Wisconsin-connected children's book creator in 2012 for her picture book Zayde Comes to Live. While in Wisconsin, Sheri will be at Temple Beth El of Madison on Oct. 27 to present my PowerPoint, “GOOD GRIEF: How to Talk to Talk to A Child about Death.” In addition to the WLA award, Shari reports that Zayde has received the Sydney Taylor Honor Award for Younger Readers by the Association of Jewish Librariesa Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (honor book) by The Poetry Center at Passaic County (NJ) Community College. "I am still pinching myself about all these awards for my first picture book!" she says.
The YA anthology Things I'll Never Say, Short Stories About Our Secret Selves Ann Angel is editing is scheduled for release next year. Ann says anthology contributors include Ron Koertge, Chris Lynch, Ellen Wittlinger, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Varian Johnson and Kerry Cohen and some UK writers. "Each teaching writer is being allowed to invite one debut author to submit," Ann says. "Of those, I'll select one story by a debut author which is a cool way to bring new voices into the picture."
Lisa Moser says her new book Squirrel's Fun Day "received a really wonderful review and write up in The Wall Street Journal in the June 8/9 weekend edition." How great is that!

More information about and for Wisconsin writers is at www.wiswriters.org


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New Juvenile Offerings Released

Wisconsin children’s authors have been busy. Here’s a list of a bunch of new releases of picture books and middle grade and young adult offerings.

ADOPTED LIKE ME, My Book of Adopted Heroes, by Ann Angel, illustrated by
Marc Thomas. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (September, 2013)
ISBN–10: 1849059357 ISBN-13: 978-1849059350
COWBOY BOYD AND MIGHTY CALLIOPE by Lisa Moser, illustrated by
Sebastiaan Van Doninck. Random House Books for Young Readers
(August, 2013) ISBN-10: 0375870563 ISBN-13: 978-037587056
HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN by Thelma Godin, illustrated by Vaness Brantley
Newton. Lee & Low Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-60060-846-9.
SOPHIE’S SQUASH, by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf.
Schwartz & Wade. (August, 2013) ISBN-10: 0307978966 ISBN-13: 978-

Fiddleheads to Fig Trees: Leaves in All Seasons, by Joann Linden, illustrated
by Laurie Caple. Mountain Press. (October, 2013) ISBN 978-0-87842-606-5
LGBTQ FAMILIES: The Ultimate Teen Guide, by Eva Apelqvist. Scarecrow
Press (Rowman and Littlefield) (September 16, 2013). ISBN-10:
0810885360 ISBN-13: 978-0810885363
MONSTERS: Book III of the ASHES Trilogy, by Ilsa J. Bick. Egmont USA
(September 10, 2013). ISBN-10: 1606841777 ISBN-13: 978-1-60684-177-8
Author BRIDGET ZINN’S debut YA novel, POISON, was released in March of
this year, posthumously. Learn more about Bridget, read glowing reviews of
POISON, and more at her website, http://bridgetzinn.com.
POISON, by Bridget Zinn.
Hyperion Books, ISBN-10:1423139933 ISBN-13: 978-1423139935

Here’s the link to the SCBWI news release announcing all of this good news — and featuring art by SCBWI member Becky Driscoll

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Children’s Writers’ Good News

Wow, here it is nearly the middle of June and I’m just getting around to posting SCBWI-WI members’ June 1 “good news” reports. Here’s what I know so far:

Lisa Moser says Candlewick Press released her beginning reader, Squirrel’s Fun Day, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev, on June 11th. This book  is the sequel to Squirrel’s

World, which Lisa says has received wonderful reviews.”  Another of her books, Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope is being released on Aug. 27 and has gotten a Kirkus starred review.

Ann Angel, author of Janis Joplin has signed with Adams Literary with plans to publish an anthology of short stories for young adult readers.

Jesse Klausmeier‘s picture book Open This Little Book has won a 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for Excellence in Children’s Literature.

Pat Miller‘s picture book Sophie’s Squash received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

Dori Chacanos has signed with Viking for her tenth book in the Cork and Fuzz easy reader series, scheduled to be published in 2015. Dori says that when the first Cork and Fuzz book was published in 2002, "I never dreamed it would become a series of ten books."

Andrea Skyberg‘s new book CommuniTree was released this week. This book was a collaboration with 686 students at the Milwaukee Public Schools, Dover School and Tippecanoe School for the Arts, as they merged to become the new Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts. Andrea says a book trailer is posted at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mozsjXmR77w

Congratulations to all of these authors!

For more news and information about Wisconsin writers, please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at http://www.wiswriters.org.

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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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Talented Children’s Authors/Illustrators New Works Listed

WI-SCBWI’s news release lists recent releases of books written/illustrated by Wisconsin authors and illustrators of children’s books. These are all real winners!

‘Herd’ of these new releases by our authors and illustrators? Check ‘em out!

Picture Books:

Railroad Hank by Lisa Moser, Random House Children’s Books, ISBN: 978-0-375-86849-8
Bedtime for Boo illustrated by Bonnie Leick, Random House – Golden Books, ISBN: 978-0375869914
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, Charlesbridge, ISBN: 978-1580892513

Middle Grade and Young Adult:

Cork and Fuzz: No Fooling by Dori Chaconas, Viking, ISBN: 978-0-670-01429-3
The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule by Kashmira Sheth, Albert Whitman, ISBN: 978-0807556948
Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN: 978-0547681009
How to Analyze the Works of Suzanne Collins by Sheila Llanas, ABDO, ISBN: 978-1-61783-456-1
Meet Caroline: An American Girl: Caroline’s Secret Message
                                                                      A Surprise for Caroline
                                                                     Caroline Takes a Chance
                                                                    Caroline’s Battle
                                                                   Changes For Caroline, by Kathleen Ernst, American Girl, ISBN: 978-1609581008 (Boxed Set of Six Books)
Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie, Candlewick Press, ISBN: 978-0763655273 (Hardcover), 978-1469206523 (Audio Book)

Please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at http://www.wiswriters.org.

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‘Railroad Hank’ Arrives

Today was a big day for Lisa Moser. Her new book Railroad Hank came came out.  Railroad Hank, published by Random House for Young Readers, is  Lisa’s sixth picture book and she has three more due out soon. Congratulations, Lisa!

More about this talented and prolific children’s author is at her website http://www.lisamoserbooks.com.

More about the Council for Wisconsin Writers is at http://www.wiswriters.org.





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