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GreatNewsSCBWI loves celebrating our members’ successes and noteworthy news, and there are many! Read on to find out who’s got something to shout about. Digital high-fives welcome in the comments!




Joan Bransfield Graham’s book The Poem That Will Not End: Fun with Poetic Forms and Voices was selected as a CRA Eureka! Silver Award winner for Excellence in Nonfiction. In October 2015 The National Geographic Book Of Nature Poetry, edited by J. Patrick Lewis, and Amazing Places, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, both featured poems by Joan.

PlanetKindergartenSue Ganz-Schmitt’s Planet Kindergarten has been chosen by Chronicle Books for re-release as a paperback book, it has also been licensed for translation and release in China, and has been released in Korean to the Korean market.



Sandalwood and Stone by Rilla Jaggia was chosen as one of two honor books for the 2015 Sue Alexander Manuscript Award, selected from manuscripts submitted for individual critique at the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles.


InvisibleStringThe Invisible String, by Patrice Karst, is now in it’s 20th printing (175k sold) and rights just got bought by China.




Kirsten W. Larson’s “Freaky Nature” series (Amicus, 2015) has received the following reviews:

“[These books] will leave students in awe of the grossness, and greatness, of some incredible species . . . will engage even your most reluctant readers.” —NSTA Recommends

“A very effective look at basic biology and the way parasites operate.” —Booklist review of Zombies in Nature


Michelle Markel’s Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead (illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins) received a starred review from Booklist.


Brenda Scott Royce’s “Alphabet Games,” won Grand Prize in the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition! Among other amazing prizes, the story will be published in a Writer’s Digest anthology. (Though the story has a child protagonist, it was excerpted from an as-yet unpublished novel for adults.)


chopstickWon Ton and Chopstick by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (Holt), has been nominated for a 2015 CYBIL in the poetry category. It has also been named an “Outstanding” book by the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. Won Ton and Chopstick is the sequel to the multi-award-winning book Won Ton – A Cat Tale Told In Haiku.


GiantsGrizzliesMary Martin Weyand’s Of Giants and Grizzlies won first place, Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Non-fiction, Ebook, on November 14, 2015. Containing 80 photos, perfect for children 8-12 years. Our spiral bound print version, great for nature study, available September 22nd. We’re excited!


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