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Congratulations to Traci McClellan-Sorell!

Congratulations to Traci McClellan-Sorell!

Traci McClellan-Sorell is an SCBWI 2018 Book Launch Award Winner! Traci is the author of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (Charlesbridge). Her picture book explores contemporary Cherokee culture, and the spirit of gratitude the community experiences during each of the four seasons. https://www.scbwi.org/2018-book-launch-award-winners/

Bridget Heos’s I, FLY is flying high!

Bridget Heos’s I, FLY is flying high!

The picture book I, FLY, written by Heartlander Bridget Heos, is having a great year! This weekend, FLY won a CYBILS award, decided by children’s book bloggers; last month, it was named a Texas 2×2 book; a Korean version is being published; and this spring (2016), it will be part of Scholastic Book Fairs and Clubs. People are finally starting to love flies! Here are some of the alternate covers that illustrator Jennifer Plecas created:

Congratulations to Jenn Bailey!

Congratulations to Jenn Bailey!

Good news for Heartlander Jenn Bailey! Jenn won the Candlewick Scholarship for her Picture Book, PLINK! It was found worthy by a committee of Candlewick editors to receive a cash award and Right of First Refusal. Congratulations for a well-deserved honor, Jenn!

Congratulations x 3 to Sue Lowell Gallion!

Congratulations x 3 to Sue Lowell Gallion!

Congratulations are in order for Sue Lowell Gallion! Sue’s PUG AND PIG won the 2013 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award at the SCBWI-LA conference. In addition to that good news, Sue also announced the sale of PUG AND PIG to Allyn Johnston at Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. And last, but not least, Sue will now be represented by Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary!

Heartlanders nominated for 2012 Thorpe Menn Award

Heartlanders nominated for 2012 Thorpe Menn Award

Congratulations to Anola Pickett and Wyatt Townley! These Heartlanders are finalists for the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the American Association of University Women. The award recognizes excellence in writing by local authors. Pickett’s middle grade historical fiction Wasatch Summer was published by by Bonneville Books, April 2011. Townley’s The Afterlives of Trees is a collection of poems published by Woodley Press in 2011.

Celebrate Elizabeth C. Bunce’s ALA debut author award

Celebrate Elizabeth C. Bunce’s ALA debut author award

The Johnson County Library will host a reception for Elizabeth C. Bunce on Sunday, March 22 from 2  pm  to 4 pm at the Lackman Neighborhood Library. She’ll be honored for receiving the first ever American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award for her debut young adult novel, Curse Dark as Gold (Arthur A. Levine Books, March 208). Come listen to Elizabeth talk about Curse, enjoy refreshments and buy a copy of her amazing book.

Bunce Wins ALA’s YA Debut Award!

Bunce Wins ALA’s YA Debut Award!

Elizabeth C. Bunce’s  A CURSE DARK AS GOLD wins the American Library Association’s William C. Morris YA Debut Award. 2009 is the first year for this award, which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The work cited will illuminate the teen experience and enrich the lives of its readers through its excellence, demonstrated by: compelling, high quality writing and/or illustration; the integrity of the work…

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