Hi gang, as you may know, our students are really rocking it out in the kidlit publishing world, and we are over the moon about them winning even more awards and receiving other accolades! As you probably know, Children’s Book Academy has an amazing track record in terms of our students becoming thriving and published KidLit creators. At this point our students have published over 590 books and counting, with more titles added all the time.
The thing is, CBA writers and illustrators are not only prolific, they are first-class, winning every children’s literature award out there. They are also exquisite human beings who we would like to highlight and share some love about them and some of their recent triumphs in this post. If you're one of our alums and I missed you, please let me know. And FYI, these are just recent folks. So let's start with . . .
I was so excited that these former students were mentioned (AKA honored) on the 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Books list:
Exquisite former student Nancy Churnin’s books are also winning awards like: The Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable, South Asia Book Award, two Social Studies Notables, two California Reading Association Silver Eurekas, Junior Library Guild selection, Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award, Texas 2X2 and Topaz lists, Monarch Award Master List, Louisiana Young Readers Choice Awards list, Charter Book Awards list. Way to go Nancy, who always generously credits us with helping her get started. She was honored on the 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Books list with Beautiful Shades of Brown: The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring, illustrated by Felicia Marshall
Here are some more former students and their books honored on this list:
Just Like a Mama. Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow, was also listed and her career is rocketing too. Alice Faye generously joined us in our 2020 Picture Book Palooza where she was fabulous!
Flight for Freedom: The Wetzel Family’s Daring Escape from East Germany. Kristen Fulton. Illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann.
Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball’s Negro Leagues. Leah Henderson. Illustrated by George Doutsiopoulos.
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read. Written by Rita Lorraine Hubbard. Illustrated by Oge Mora
Speak Up. Miranda Paul. Illustrated by Ebony Glenn
The Pig War: How a Porcine Tragedy Taught England and America to Share. Written by Emma Bland Smith. Illustrated by Alison Jay.
No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History. Edited by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, Jeanette Bradley. Illustrated by Jeanette Bradley
We The People: The United States Constitution Explored and Explained. Written by Aura Lewis and Evan Sargent. Illustrated by Aura Lewis.
Finally, Linda Elovitz Marshall's book, The Polio Pinoeer, illustrated by Lisa Anchin was honored on The Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2021 List. Linda was already a published author when she came to us, but we still consider her one of ours.
Anyhoo, kudos to all our amazing students. I hope you'll help support them and their excellent work. We are looking forward to writing more congratulatory and ridiculously proud newsletters about even more brilliant alum in the future.
With warmth and appreciation,
Mira & the CBA gang
PS Sorry this is late, but I’ve been a bit busy lining up some outstanding editors, agents, and art directors to join us among other things for our upcoming writing and illustrating course! Wahoo! I’m also editing and art directing some awesome new kid’s books for Spork, which is always exciting, and will share about some of those soon. Meanwhile onwards and upwards. Come check out this magical course if you are up for the adventure of a lifetime. Course info here: https://bit.ly/CBICB2021 and scholarships info here: http://bit.ly/2021CBICBScholarship
PPS I know I’ve missed a bunch, so if you’re a former student, who’d like to celebrate with us or do a guest post about a new book, let us know. Moni Hadley Ritchie will be joining us first Monday in May to celebrate The Star Festival, and Annette Schottenfeld will be with us the first Monday in June to celebrate Obi’s Mud Bath (which I was honored to edit and art direct! Also congratulations to Shirin Shamsi who recently sold her 4th book, Darshana Khiana for her 2nd book, Katie Mazeika who had already published before us but recently sold 2 new books, Rosanne Kurstedt sold her 2nd book, and Lalita Iyer who wrote me this week: “I wrote my first picture book after your course and it's published now!” It makes an old teacher happy. Thank you.”
4/7/2021 08:02:32 pm
SO proud of all the CBA graduates. Thanks for sprinkling your fairy godmother dust on us all :-).
4/9/2021 07:51:53 am
Thank you Sharon. So proud of our students, you included. Grateful to get to do this life's work.
4/9/2021 04:19:54 pm
Wow! That is wonderful. Congratulations, CBA students!
4/12/2021 08:27:38 am
Thank you Sheri. As you know, I love my students big time. We work them hard and if they persist, the payoff is wonderful on so many levels.
4/12/2021 09:22:57 pm
Wow! What a list. Congratulations to all!
4/19/2021 09:17:50 am
Thank you Amy!
4/12/2021 10:03:15 pm
Amazing! Thanks for sharing all this wonderful news and helping with so many wonderful careers
4/19/2021 09:18:51 am
Same right back at you! Thrilled to be co-teaching with you!
4/13/2021 03:34:28 am
Woot woot! Hooray for CBA grads! We are all so lucky to have had such a lovely fairy god mother on our writing journey!
4/19/2021 11:35:39 am
And now you are not only multi-published but a Publisher of an awesome new press to boot. Yay Sandra. Yay Gnome Road Press! Super proud and love you to bits!
4/13/2021 08:26:05 am
Wow, what an embarrassment of riches. This is the course that keeps on giving, and publishing. Congratulations!
4/19/2021 11:36:19 am
What a lovely email Sheila. Can't wait to get my hot little hands on one of your books xox
4/13/2021 09:11:13 am
WOW! WOW!! Congratulations, everyone!!
4/19/2021 11:37:11 am
Oh Sheri, I hope you are persisting in refining and sending your work out. You know that I'm a fan! xoxox
4/13/2021 09:43:24 am
Taking out my poms & giving 3 cheers for all the amazing CBA alums!! Not only have the classes been fantastic, but also the resulting friendships w/ fellow authors & illustrators. Hip hip hooray!
4/19/2021 11:38:10 am
Yay to poms and all sorts of celebrations and friendships with community and co-teachers and editors and art directors xoxox
6/11/2021 10:38:20 pm
There tend to be not many people who can certainly write not so simple posts that artistically.
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We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with awesome multi-published former student Shirin Shamsi who will be focusing on Muslim and cultural kidlit.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature STEM, STEAM & SEL obsessed author Kourtney LaFavre sharing delightfully dorky, quirky, and fun info.
And 5th Mondays we'll be taking a break