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Children's Book Writers
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September 2022 Member News

Tamika Burgess’s debut middle grade novel, Sincerely Sicily, will be released by HarperCollins in January. Sicily Jordan is a Black Panamanian fashionista who rocks her braids with pride.
But stuck in a new school for sixth grade, her confidence is dwindling. For more information, check out

Suzanne Morreale’s debut children’s picture book, Amara Sets Sail, was released July 26. The book is a Bengal cat adventure book about Amara, a seafaring cat, who travels the world meeting cats from other countries while looking for a home on land with lifelong friends. Morreale was inspired by her Bengal cat, Amara.

Kathy Bostrom (Kathleen Long Bostrom) is delighted to announce that her board book, God Loves You, originally published in 2001, has gone into its 15th printing, putting the total in print to 121,516. Four of her hardcover picture books also in the Little Blessings series with Tyndale House but recently out of print, have now been licensed in paperback versions in Korean. The titles: What About Heaven? (2000), What is Prayer? (2002), What is the Bible? (2009), Who Made the World? (2009)

Helen Foster James announced that her newest book, Christmas with Auntie (Sleeping Bear Press) will be released in September. She has a contract for an additional book with
Sleeping Bear Press in 2024.

Phyllis Schwartz’s book When is set to be published by local Acorn Publishing and will be released Sept. 23. The book is based on her own cancer journey and shows how an extended family can work together to bring positive and healing results to a sick mom

From Publishers Weekly:

Lee and Low/Tu Books bought Cindy Jenson-Elliott’s middle grade nonfiction STEM book, The Doomsday Detectives: How Walter and Luis Alvarez Uncovered the Mystery of What Killed the Dinosaurs, illustrated by Theo Nicole Lorenz. The book tells the story of how the Alvarezes (father and son) and a team of researchers unraveled one of the world’s most intriguing mysteries. Publication is set for fall 2024.

Candlewick has acquired The Crane and Her Keeper: A True Tale of Saving a Species by Meeg Pincus (Cougar Crossing), illustrated by Gillian Gamble. It tells the behindthe-scenes story of a human-imprinted white-naped crane and her devoted keeper who have partnered up at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute—for 20 years—to save her species from extinction. Publication is set for fall 2024.