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HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY! EPA member Wendy Greenley celebrated the launch of her debut picture book LOLA SHAPES THE SKY on March 23, 2019. She led a story time reading of her book at the Barnes & Noble in North Wales, PA, signed books, and handed out favors that included rainbow cookies she made herself. Wendy even wowed the crowd with her storm cloud hat.

ABOUT THE BOOK: LOLA SHAPES THE SKY (illustrated by Paolo Domeniconi, Creative Editions, 2019) is about a cloud with a mind of her own and a gift for making awe-inspiring shapes who encourages her friends to go beyond their practical functions and expand their imaginative horizons.

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!  Please join EPA member Katey Howes on Tuesday, March 5th, at The Newtown Bookshop to celebrate the release of her picture book BE A MAKER, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic, published by Carolrhoda Books. Katey will be speaking at 6:30pm, there will be crafts, refreshments and she will be available to sign books. Everyone is invited to join the party so please bring your children and book-loving/creative friends!

ABOUT THE BOOK: “How many things can you make in a day? A tower, a friend, a change? Rhyme, repetition, and a few seemingly straightforward questions engage young readers in a discussion about the many things we make – and the ways we can make a difference in the world. This simple, layered story celebrates creativity through beautiful rhyming verse and vibrant illustrations with a timely message.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Katey Howes is thrilled to be making books for children. She also makes bad jokes, great apple crisp, and messy mistakes. Katey lives in Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania (really!) with her husband and three adventurous daughters makers. Katey is the author of picture books Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe and Grandmother Thorn.

The Newtown Bookshop is located in Bucks County at 2835 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

The Eastern PA SCBWI Chapter Congratulates: Amy June Bates, Lauren Castillo, Jeremy Holmes, Sarah Jacoby, Zachariah OHora, and Charles Santore on the publication of their books, which were honored by the 2018 Original Art Jury and featured in the 38th Annual Original Art exhibit at the Society of Illustrators. Twenty members of our chapter celebrated their success during our visit on Friday November 30th. I hope you’ll join us next year for the EPA 3rd Annual Holiday Field Trip to NYC!



HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY! On Monday, February 26th at 6 PM, celebrate the release of BRAVE CLARA BARTON (Random House BFYR) with author and EPA member Frank Murphy

at the Newtown Bookshop in Bucks County, PA. The store’s address is: 2835 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

ABOUT THE BOOK: A Step 3 beginning-reader biography of Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross Clara Barton!

Meet a woman who outgrew her girhood shyness to became a fearless “Angel of the Battlefield”! This Step 3 biography follows Clara as she helps her brother recover from a terrible injury, overcomes her timidity and works as a teacher, and finally fights her way to the front lines of the Civil War, where she helps soldiers wounded in battle. Clara’s story is a testament to the strength and grit of women, and is a role model who trancends history. Sarah Green’s lovely and delicate illustrations render Clara’s life in an appropriate and approachable way for young readers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Frank Murphy has taught a wide variety grades at the elementary school level in the Council Rock School District. A history buff, baseball fan, and popular speaker, Frank is the author of many fun historical fiction books for young readers. including several popular Random House Step into Reading History Readers.


HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY! On Saturday, January 27th at 2 PM, celebrate the release of MAGNOLIA MUDD AND THE SUPER JUMPTASTIC LAUNCHER DELUXE (Sterling, 1/2018) with author and EPA member Katey Howes at the Newtown Bookshop in Bucks County, PA. Katey will be leading a STEM Story Time including plenty of discussion about inventing and engineering as well as a hands-on activity targeting ages 4-8.  The store’s address is: 2835 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Meet Magnolia Mudd: an inventive girl who’d rather tighten a nut and a bolt than tie a ribbon or bow.
For Magnolia Mudd, her Uncle Jamie is the very best grown-up. He always invents cool things with her . . . until the day he and Miss Emily announce their engagement. That’s bad enough–but even worse, Miss Emily wants Magnolia to be a FLOWER GIRL! No way is Magnolia tossing petals. But it turns out that Uncle Jamie’s new bride-to-be may be more fun that Magnolia ever imagined . . .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Katey Howes is proud to be a geek. She loves physics and biology, reads everything from classic children’s lit to modern neuroscience, and has strong opinions about commas. A former physical therapist specializing in brain injury, Katey now divides her time between writing and raising kids with a love of books. In addition to her own blog about raising readers, Katey is a team member at All the Wonders and contributor to websites like The Nerdy Bookclub and Multicultural Parenting. Katey is a member of SCBWI and is very active in the kidlit community. Find her online at, on Twitter @kateywrites, and on Instagram @kidlitlove.


  • Congratulations to Adrienne Wright, our very own illustrator coordinator, for winning a first-place runner up spot in the Tomie dePaola illustration contest! You can view all of the winners and the contest info here. Adrienne’s is below….isn’t it gorgeous? We’re proud of you, Adrienne!


  • We have not only one, but TWO first-place runners-up in our region! Congratulations to Anni Matsick on her first-place entry (below) in the Tomie dePaola contest! We’re proud of you, Anni!!



We would like to acknowledge some of our great local talent and congratulate the following

ALA 2014 award winning author-illustrators:


Greg Pizzoli — Recipient of the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book for his first picture book “The Watermelon Seed“.
Learn more about Greg at

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David Wiesner — Caldecott Honor for “Mr. Wuffles“. Read more about David and his numerous other Caldecott award winning books at


Congratulations to Mara Rockliff, 2013 Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text Winner… from the Eastern PA Region!

The 2013 awards are presented for excellence in books 

for young readers published in the 2012 calendar year.


Me and Momma and Big John
by Mara Rockliff (Illustrated by William Low)

“Building a cathedral isn’t just a job, it’s an art,” Momma tells her son John in Mara Rockliff’s Me and Momma and Big John, this year’s winner for Picture Book Text. This touching story about the construction of Saint John’s Cathedral is told from John’s perspective as he watches his mother, a stonecutter, work tirelessly to carve a single stone in the cathedral.  When John see’s the finished cathedral, he is confused as to why his mother’s stone is lost among the others, but Momma assures him it’s not about the individual stone, but the pride of working together and creating something beautiful.




Congratulations to Adam Lehrhaupt for his debut picture book Warning: Do Not Open This Book! which hit bookshelves in August!


Do you have news to share?  We’d love to hear from you!  Please send Member News to and use the Subject: EPA SCBWI Member News Update.


Congratulations to Pamela M. Tuck for her debut picture book As Fast As Words Could Fly which was released in April!

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