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IA/MN Good News – March 2021

Hi All! We’re so excited to share some exciting things that have been happening around our region with our authors & illustrators. Below is a list of some of the highlights from this past quarter:

Good news report

Stacy Ebert – Debut Picture Book Release:

Stacy’s second children’s book, but debut picture book, Hello World! releases April 6, 2021. Illustrated by her, written by NYT bestselling author, PBS show and podcast host of Tell Me More, Kelly Corrigan. They are also collaborating on a second picture book for 2022. Both published by Penguin Random House/Flamingo Books, with esteemed editor, Margaret Anastas. Learn more about her and the new PRH imprint being launched with three titles including hers. 

Hello World! even made it on the Brightly site’s “most anticipated picture books of 2021!” Link to that here. 

Mark Ceilley and Rachel Smoka-Richardson – First Picture Book Release:

Minnesota SCBWI members Mark Ceilley and Rachel Smoka-Richardson are delighted to announce the publication of their first picture book! In this updated, gay retelling of the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLIOT  will be published by Running Press Kids just in time for Pride 2022. 


Amy Houts retells 60 Fairytales for Educational Publisher:

From January through May of 2020 she retold 60 fairytales, folktales, and classic stories as easy readers on assignment for a South Korean educational publisher, Compass Publishing ( They publish EFL (English as a Foreign Language) books for students learning English. Fifty-five of the 60 picture books are now available on their website. She gave art direction for the books as well, so it’s been especially fun to see the covers. The books were also animated (very simply) and a few are available on YouTube. She downloaded the covers to my website: It was an especially challenging WFH assignment, but she had great editors and a positive experience.



Tashia Hart’s Middle Grade Receives Gold Medal:

SCBWI member and MN resident (Duluth), Tashia Hart’s middle grade novel Gidjie and the Wolves won a 2020 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards gold medal. 

Here is a graphic of the book cover.


New Children’s Book Releases:

  • Rachel Smoka-Richardson: Millicent Simmonds: Actor and Activist
  • Sharon K Henry: Just Fishing
  • Aimée M. Bissonette: Headstrong Hallie: The Story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the First Female “Fire Guard”
  • Lindsey McDivitt:  A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for His Nation