Friday, April 28, 2023

Hugs and Hurrahs

It's time to celebrate our MichKids friends and colleagues! Welcome to the Spring 2023  edition of Hugs and Hurrahs! 

Monica Harris has sold 39 more pieces to DRC (Data Recognition Corporation) for their national educational assessment programs. They include biographies, scientific informational, advancement of health programs,  argumentative pairs, ecological topics, historical fiction, and biographies .

Way to go, Monica!

Jean Alicia Elster’s latest YA novel HOW IT HAPPENS was selected for inclusion on the SCBWI March/Women’s History Month recommended reading list.

Congratulations, Jean!

Buffy Silverman's book, ON A GOLD-BLOOMING DAY: Finding Fall Treasures was selected by the Children's Literature Assembly of NCTE as a 2023 Notable Book in the Language Arts.

What an honor, Buffy!

Pria Dee's chapter book Freddy the Frog and the Three Wishes will be released by Austin Macaulay at the end of the month.

Congratulations, Pria!

Katy Klimczuk's debut picture book, M is for Mackinac: A Nature Alphabet, will be published by Mission Point Press on April 27, 2023. Mackinac Island artist, Kate Dupre, illustrated the book.

That's wonderful, Katy!

Lauren Ranalli's book, "Let's Meet on the Moon," was the recipient of a Kids Shelf Books award for Best Book Cover. It's illustrated by fellow SCBWI of Michigan member Emily Siwek

That's awesome, Lauren and Emily!

Author A. Kidd has a new picture book out, Yasuko and the Dream Eater, which is inspired by a Japanese legend. 

Yasuko must call the dream eater to rid her of her sleep-stealing nightmare while staying with her grandmother in Japan but avoid losing her most precious good dream in the process.

Currently available in hardcover and paperback, ebook to follow.

Congratulations, Angela!

LA MARIACHI: written by Isabel Estrada and illustrated by Addy Rivera Sonda, is Isabel’s debut picturebook published by Sleeping Bear Press.

Tuchi longs to join in and play with the school's mariachi band, but it's the 1970s and in her community, mariachi is only for the boys. Still, she hopes--and wishes on Seńora Luna. When Tuchi stumbles across her nana's guitarrón, Nana teaches her to play in secret. The music tumbles inside Tuchi like desert thunder. Will Tuchi be ready for the big audition? And will Seńora Luna help Tuchi make her wish come true?

LA MARIACHI will be released in late July.

We're excited for you, Isabel!

Shutta Crum (author) and Ruth Barshow (Illustrator) are ecstatic to announce not one--but two new books!  Coming June 27, 2023.  Grandma Heaven and Grandpa Heaven are playful takes on the fun that can be had in the afterlife. Written to reassure young worriers. Available for preorder now wherever books are sold. Note: plans for a book launch party are in the works! Stay tuned.

Well done, Shutta and Ruth!

Congratulations, Everyone! We are proud of, and inspired by, you all! 

Look for the next request for Hugs and Hurrahs in your email, but please feel free to submit all your KidLit publishing news to Alison Hodgson at at any time.  I can't wait to celebrate your hard work!


  1. Congrats, everyone! Thanks for inspiring us with your good news!

  2. Congrats, everyone!!! Mich. SCBWI rocks.

  3. Congrats to all! Is it just me, or is there an incredible creative output from SCBWI Michigan's writers and illustrators this past year? Keep 'em coming!

  4. An impressive group here in Michigan!

  5. Wow! This is incredible news! Congratulations to all of you! Such wonderful ideas and talents!

  6. Congrats to everyone on their wonderful news!

  7. Congratulations to all!

  8. So much to celebrate! Congratulations to one and all!

  9. What a fabulous line up!