Good News for September and October 2014

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Susan Dahlman received a letter of merit for illustration from SCBWI's Magazine Merit Awards.

Kathryn Finney's book launch for her new picture book, Little Louie (Sky Pony Press) is scheduled for October 26th at 2PM at Beaverdale Books in Des Moines.

Debbie LaCroix was recently selected as one of the "10 under 40 in Sioux City" by Siouxland Magazine. Awardees were selected based on career and community involvement. A link to the article is on Debbie's website:

Mary Meinking Chambers has finished her 30th book. Her latest is one of the “Our Great States” book series for Lerner Publishing Group.  Her latest six books for the series are What's Great About… Florida, Colorado, Washington, South Dakota, New Jersey and Hawaii.  Each features the top 10 things for kids to do in that state, along with the state’s standards.

Patricia Miller won a letter of merit from SCBWI's Magazine Merit Awards for her article "Picture-Perfect Patriotism" that appeared in the May 2013 issue of Highlights for Children magazine.  Busy Patricia has also been making new book trailers: for Jill Esbaum's I am Cow, Hear me Moo and I Hatched (both from Dial) and Sarvinder Naberhaus' Boom Boom (Beach Lane) You can see them here:

Cheryl Mullenbach's book, The Industrial Revolution for Kids: The People and Technology that Changed the World has been released by Chicago Review Press. School Library Journal had this to say: "Mullenbach does a terrific job of streamlining the topic for children…The inclusion of excerpts from primary-source documents (such as letters and diaries written by kids) lends the book immediacy and personality."

Miranda Paul announced that the cover for her upcoming picture book Water is Water (Roaring Brook Press, May 26, 2015) has been revealed.  The book is already listed for pre-order on Amazon.

Dorothia Rohner's portfolio won a mentorship with a top SCBWI art director or illustrator at the summer SCBWI conference in Los Angeles!

Erin Taylor was selected as a semi-finalist for the SCBWI Tomie dePaola Award!  Erin's entry was a six-panel illustration sequence featuring a child, a mysterious red string and a cat.

Deborah Watley has a new blog at  Debbie blogs about story, memory, history and archeology.


Old News is Still Good News:

Cindy Blobaum's  latest hands-on activity book Explore Money will be released in October by Nomad Press.  Cindy is now hard at work on a new book for Nomad, Explore Honey Bees.

Kimberly Cowger's pitch for Sprinkles Goes To School appeared on Susanna Hill's blog "Would You Read It?" and was selected as the  "Pitch Pick of the Month" for June.  Kimberly's pitch will now be read and critiqued by editor Erin Molta.

Jill Esbaum has sold her picture book If a T. Rex Crashes your Birthday Party to Sterling Children's Books.  This is her third sale to editor Alli Brydon, whom Jill first met at an SCBWI Iowa conference.  Jill also had two new books released in June, both from National Geographic: Explore My World: Penguins and Explore My World: Snow Leopards.  Blogger Susanna Leonard Hill featured Jill's I am Cow, Hear me Moo (Dial) as a Perfect Picture Book in her June 13th blog.

Barb Kramer will celebrate the release of her new level 3 biography, Nelson Mandela (National Geographic Children’s Books) on August 5th.

Jennifer Black Reinhardt has signed with Dinah Stevenson at Clarion to illustrate Linda Sue Park's Yaks Yak.  The picture book, in which the animals' names inspire their activity resulting in unusual situations, is scheduled for release in spring 2016.  Jennifer will also celebrate the release of Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons (Dial), written by Alice McGinty, on August 5th.  Kirkus has given the book a starred review and said "[Jennifer's] detailed watercolors depict a diverse congregation brimming with endearing idiosyncrasies and mutual affection—a real mishpochah."

Susan Maupin Schmid  has sold her fantasy novel One Hundred Dresses to Diane Landolf at Random House in a three book deal.  The fantasy about 100 magical dresses in a castle built by dragons is scheduled for publication in spring 2016.