As 2019 winds to a close, I’d love to celebrate you, our wonderful blog readers. Many of you are fellow picture book writers (some pre-published, others well-published.) So let’s take a moment and share your hard-earned writing accomplishments this year!
If you achieved any of the following in 2019, please share few details and I’ll announce your accomplishment in this post. Creating a picture book is a long process, so each step is worth celebrating!
- Wrote a picture book(s) manuscript (but haven’t submitted yet), share your story’s title(s) in the post comments.
- Bravely submitted a new picture book manuscript(s), please give the title(s) in comments.
- Received a contract for an upcoming picture book, share the details in comments.
- Had a picture book published (by SCBWI PAL publisher) or have one releasing in 2020, please email details (release date, title, publisher) to me (slade357-Suzanne@yahoo.com) and attach a jpg of the cover.
Now let’s get this party started!
Woo hoo and a hearty congrats to …
*Debra Kempf Shumaker got an offer for her debut PB, FREAKY FUNKY FISH: ODD FACTS ABOUT FASCINATING FISH, with Running Press Kids. Publication for this fantastic rhyming NF PB is scheduled for Spring 2021!
*Mary Bleckwehl‘s THE BIRTHDAY COOKBOOK is set to release Sept. 2020 with Black Rabbit Books, and she received another contract from Black Rabbit Books for 4 books in a NF series called AWESOME DISGUSTING CAREERS! Scheduled release 2021.
*Beth Anderson sold Revolutionary Prudence Wright: Leading the Minute Women in the Fight for Independence (illustrated by the fabulous Susan Reagan) to Calkins Creek, due out spring 2022.
She also has 2 pbs releasing in 2020:
LIZZIE DEMANDS A SEAT: ELIZABETH JENNINGS FIGHTS FOR STREETCAR RIGHTS, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, Calkins Creek, 1/7/2020
“SMELLY” KELLY AND HIS SUPER SENSES: HOW JAMES KELLY’S NOSE SAVED THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY, illustrated by Jenn Harney, Calkins Creek, Fall 2020
*Angie Quantrell has been working hard and subbing several manuscripts. The newest is NO PEAS FOR LUNCH.
*Becky Scharnhorst sold her debut picture book P.S. WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY STINKS! to Philomel. It is set to release in 2021.
*Tina Cho has 2 picture books releasing in 2020:
My Breakfast with Jesus, Harvest House, June 2, 2020
The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story, Kokila/Penguin Random House, August 4, 2020
*Maria Gianferrari is busy with new stories on sub; revision requests, a new offer not yet announced, and one she’s really excited about: BE A TREE, illustrated by the amazing Felicita Sala, coming from Abrams in 2021
*Cathy Ballou Mealey announces her new, upcoming picture book entitled PICKLE PACKERS coming from Kids Can Press in 2021, with Kelly Collier (A HORSE NAMED STEVE) illustrating.
*Rebecca Hirsch sold a picture book, not yet announced, to Millbrook. She also has a rhyming, guessing picture book, WHOSE WINGS?, out on submission, and several more manuscripts in progress.
*Sally Lotz had a picture book, Jersey’s Spots, release from MacClaren- Cochran Publishing on 10/15/19.
*Carol Cole submitted her lovely pb manuscripts, “Tooth Fairy in Training” and “A Not so Quiet Night at the Zoo” this year, and is hoping for good news soon.
*Kristin Davis finished a picture book manuscript! And has many more ideas brewing.
*Vijaya Bodach received contract for two PBs, one fiction, one NF, which will be out 2020 and 2021 respectively. She can’t say more yet!
*LeeAnn Rizzuti submitted several picture book mss this year. One story, TRISTAN PERSISTED has been collecting “positive/encouraging rejections”. So LeeAnn is using that boost to reassert her own persistence!
*Carol Gordon Ekster has been busy writing and submitting lots of manuscripts. One that started out as a picture book just sold to Highlights Magazine! And earlier in 2019 she got a contract for SOME DADDIES with Beaming Books, coming out 2021.
*Angela Kunkel‘s debut picture book with illustrator Paola Escobar, DIGGING FOR WORDS: JOSE ALBERTO GUTIERREZ AND THE LIBRARY HE BUILT, will be published in September 2020 by Random House/Schwartz & Wade. She also has a second book under contract that has not been announced yet. And this month, she’s written two new drafts!
*Lisa Riddiough signed with an agent and sold a picture book (not yet announced.) So I am mum, for now. She also has two other PB’s out on submission and completed a middle grade novel.
*Buffy Silverman has a new picture book releasing in February, 2020 titled Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring. It received a starred review from Kirkus!