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SCBWI 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!



“The Jackpot,” a memoir by Karen Gorback, has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul My Amazing Mom (March 2018).

Joan Bransfield Graham’s poetry is featured in two recent Lee Bennett Hopkins anthologies: “Teacher” in School People (Feb. 13, Wordsong) and “Great Indian Fruit Bat” in World Make Way (March 27, Abrams, a book in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.)

Shireen Hakim blogged for NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month), a motivational writing community site with 250k followers. She wrote her tips for getting traditionally published, based on her experience writing and publishing her children’s refugee story, Rabbi the Rabbiti.


SOMETIMES DREAMS COME TRUE! Andrea Spooner at Little Brown has acquired paperback rights and translation rights to Patrice Karsts, The Invisible String, first published in 2000. Three follow-up titles, The Invisible String Workbook, The Invisible Leash, and The Invisible Web were also acquired.



Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books, by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, is a CCBC Children’s Choice for 2018, a 2018 CRA Eureka Silver Medal award winner, and is a recipient of three starred reviews.



Picture book Chinese New Year: The Riddle of the Dragon by Christine Van Zandt was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Christine’s recent publications include “Shoebox Guitar” and “Half Birthday” (March 2017 and May 2018 in Highlights High Five magazine).


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Images provided by their corresponding authors.

“Great News” original photo by Branden Harvey on Unsplash. Digitally manipulated by Sarah Parker-Lee.