Member News—April 2022


Member News is a monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We want to celebrate our Eastern PA SCBWI members’ good news and help spread the word far and wide. Send us your children’s book–related news—book deals, releases, awards,author or illustrator events (signings, launch parties, appearances), etc. If you’d like your news to be included in next month’s column, please email Laura Parnum atepa-ra2@scbwi.orgbefore May 20, or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

Here’s some exciting news from our members this month:

Crystal Kite Award Finalists

Congratulations to authors Katey Howes and Alison Green Myers for advancing to Round 2 of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award selection for the Atlantic region. The Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world. SCBWI members are asked to vote in two rounds to determine the award for each division. Rissy…

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#FallWritingFrenzy Finale!

Lydia Lukidis

Hello world!

Instead of my usual Q & A with authors regarding their new books, here’s a fun post about the Fall Writing Frenzy contest I co-host with Kaitlyn Sanchez. Author Jolene Gutiérrez won with her entry, and she won a special prize: a collaboration with musical artist/writer Annie Birdd. Here’s their conversation, and don’t forget to check out the wonderful song they created together!

Jolene: I “met” Annie Lynn in KidLitLand a few years ago. If you’ve been a member of the KidLit community for any time at all, you know that it’s a wonderfully supportive and generous group. Annie is an important part of this community. She’s always cheering others on, sharing resources, and creating and sharing songs about books. When I heard the song that Annie, Megan Lacera, and Jorge Lacera created for the Laceras’ book Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies, I set a goal of…

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Annie Says: For those of us, especially girls, who weren’t encouraged to consider the profession of a Scientist,growing up. This #STEM book could actually change lives, seriously. Very relatable and interesting book. Please enjoy: LitLinks: 5 easy ways to make scientists relatable for your students

GUEST BLOGGER DR. LAURA GEHL Who Is a Scientist? is about showing students that scientists are real people, just like them. The book profiles 14 …

LitLinks: 5 easy ways to make scientists relatable for your students

Thanks @EasternPennPoints for this awesome,helpful blog post. Thanks Anthony Fredericks for the generous advice! Please make sure to read this if you are a writer of any kind! “Resources (You Can’t Live Without), by Anthony D. Fredericks”. p.s. I couldn’t read the logo caption “Write Angles” on the reader, until I opened blog up, so what I first saw was Write Anoles….😆 part of the g was cut off in the initial feed. The funny thing is I got all excited, and thought “Oh! Someone is writing about Anoles! I love Anoles!” good grief… good article. thx!✌🏼Resources (You Can’t Live Without), by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks Resources (you can’t live without) I’ve been writing professionally for nearly 40 years. During that time, …

Resources (You Can’t Live Without), by Anthony D. Fredericks

Letting Go of Labels and Trusting Reading Identity by Dr. Jennifer Scoggin and Hannah Schneewind

I have little happy, hopeful tears. Wonderful, revealing article. Thanks for sharing.

Nerdy Book Club

My son pours over illustrations and devours graphic novels, especially those with sophisticated potty humor. Dav Pilkey has mythical status in our house. Garfield comics abound. Chris Van Dusen’s illustrations merit hours of close study.

Yet despite his love of reading at home, my son did not see himself as a successful reader at school. During independent reading, he studied the illustrations and rarely focused on the words. By October of first grade, he was labeled as “disengaged” and a “struggling reader.” And although those words were never said directly to him, he felt their weight.

My son watched his friends read increasingly difficult texts and was aware that he could not read the words with similar success. His teacher tried to support him. However, she inevertantly made the all-too-common, label-led decision to focus on what my son was not doing as a reader. She focused on word solving strategies…

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