Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Author and Illustrator News

Member Good News for May 2022:


Erin Alon Brain was part of a segment filmed for WOSU’s Broad & High. She was interviewed about her book, in conjunction with the local non-profit Harper’s Corners and their ‘Belonging through Books’ initiative.


Keila Dawson’s picture book, No Voice Too Small, is a 2023 New York Charlotte Award nominee and her picture book Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book is a 2022 Jane Addams Book Award Finalist.

Additionally, Keila has two book deals to announce: No World Too Big: Young People Fighting Climate Change, a picture-book anthology edited by Jeanette Bradley, Keila V. Dawson, and Lindsay H. Metcalf, illustrated by Bradley, was acquired by Charlesbridge and publication is planned for Fall 2023.

Charlesbridge also acquired Yumbo Gumbo, about a girl who is excited about her first gumbo lesson but her brother, parents, and grandparents can’t agree on which kind to make until she finds a solution that makes everyone happy. Publication is slated for summer 2023.


Bruce Glass released his debut picture book, Jumping Jim, on March 28th. The story is about a toddler who loves to jump everywhere he goes–home, school, zoo, park, etc.


Carl Grody released his book, Since Before You Were Born. It is a humorous (and sometimes ridiculous) book that looks at growing up in the 1970s.


Trudy Krisher’s picture book, Kathy’s Hats: A Story of Hope, has been reprinted. This picture book is based on her young daughter’s experience with cancer.



Cathy Lentes’ poem, The Wild, appears in the new anthology, I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices. Copies of this book have been secured for each public library in the state as well as middle school and high school libraries in the Appalachian region of Ohio. Cathy celebrated the book’s release in April with readings at Ohio University Southern and Marietta College.


Diane Orr had two more children’s books released: The Best Noisy Gift and A Day in the Life. She currently has two books being illustrated: Mama, Why Do You Love Me? and Just the Right Size, and just signed a contract for a new book: Dream on Little One.


Erik Slangerup’s debut middle grade novel, Molly and the Machine, releases June 7th and is available for preorder now. Kirkus gave it a positive review, calling it: “A delightful adventure with a nostalgic twist.”

Erik will be in conversation with Kristy Boyce on Sat, June 11, at 2 PM in the UA Library Theater (in partnership with Cover to Cover) to launch his book. Registration is currently open for the event.


Amita Snyder is a finalist for the Kate Dopirak Craft & Community Award and received an Honorable Mention for her Mehndi the World manuscript. She was also chosen as a mentee for the WriteMentor Summer Programme. The program runs May 1-August 31, followed by an Agent Showcase in September.


Julie Whitney was featured by her publisher, Brandylane Publishers, in their April Author Spotlight.

As always, congratulations to our members and please keep the great news coming! Feel free to share your news—book releases, awards, virtual appearances, etc—so the group can celebrate with you! Email: