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May 2022


Lauren Gallegos has two upcoming books: Baa Baa Tap Sheep, coming out May 15th from Sleeping Bear Press and Time For School (American Girl), coming out May 3rd from Little Golden Books. Website: Instagram: @lauren.gallegos

April 2022


Gea Meijering’s middle grade graphic novel, Hacking the Code, is celebrating its first year anniversary this month. An audiobook is now available. Instagram: @hacking.the.code. Website: TikTok: @hackingthecode

Shiho Pate is illustrating The Rescues, written by Tommy Greenwald and Charlie Greenwald. These easy-to-read chapter books highlight the humor and love in a found family of rescue pets. Red Comet Press has bought world rights to The Rescues in a two-book deal. The first book is slated for fall 2023. Instagram and Twitter: @shihopate; Website:


The release date for Heather Buchta’s YA novel, Chasing After Knight, has been moved to May 10, 2022. It’s a funny, romantic novel about a girl trying to make amends with a former best friend who is now an A-list movie star.

Debra Garfinkle’s middle grade novel, Violet and the Pie of Life, came out in paperback in March 2022. She also has a story in the middle grade anthology Coming of Age: 13 B’nai Mitzvah Stories, which was published on April 20, 2022. Locals Henry Herz and Stacia Deutsch also have stories in the anthology. Website: 

Gayle Gaviola will be published in Growing Up Asian in America, a new book from Simon & Schuster’s MTV Books imprint, which is coming out on May 15. The personal nonfiction essay Gayle wrote inspired the YA  manuscript she shared at Tahquitz. Instagram: @gaylegavs

Congratulations to Lori Polydoros. Her newest book, Quake Chasers: 15 Women Reocking Earthquake Science, has just been released by Chicago Review Press. It explores the lives of fifteen diverse, contemporary female scientists with a variety of specialties related to earthquake science.  Instagram: @polydoroslori. Twitter: @lori_polydoros.

Russ Thompson received a four-out-of-five rating from Foreword Clarion Reviews for All Alone, a high-interest novel for teens about a tenth-grader who contends with loneliness, family conflicts, and school troubles. See the review at

Kathleen Troy currently has two middle grade books available on Amazon: Dylan’s Dilemma and Dylan’s Dream. These are the stories of an American Cocker Spaniel, originally from South Korea.  He is sent to live with Casey, a twelve-year-old boy in California.  Of course, there are adventures and misadventures.  The two of them become involved with Search and Rescue. Dylan’s Dog Squad is the next book in this series, which is coming soon.

March 2022


Susi Schaefer‘s picture book The Glow Show will be published from Sourcebooks eXplore inMay 2023!


Heather Buchta’s newest YA novel, Chasing After Night, will be released April 26. It’s a “funny, romantic novel about a girl trying to make amends with a former best friend. The thing is, healing someone else’s broken heart has its complications, especially when he’s now an A-list movie star.”

Judy Campbell-Smith’s self-published picture book with illustrator Amanda Dowell, AJ’s Neighborhood, is now available for pre-order. The release date is March 29. Twitter: @j_campbellsmith. Instagram: @jcampbellsmith. Website:

Marie Chan’s picture book biography, Mamie Tape: A Chinese-American Girl’s Fight to Go to School, was recently acquired by Ten Peaks Press, an imprint of Harvest House Publishers. It will be released in winter 2024.  Website: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @mariechanbooks.

Ernesto Cisneros, winner of the 2021 Pura Belpre Award for Efren Divided, has released a new book, Falling Short, “…a hilarious and heartfelt novel about two best friends who must rely on each other in unexpected ways.” He has received starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly.

Erin Lagerberg’s short story, “Miniwashitu,” has been accepted by SCBWI for its upcoming middle-grade anthology, Haunted States of America.

Lori Polydoros has a young adult, non-fiction book coming out on April 26th called Quake Chasers: 15 Women Rocking Earthquake Science, which explores the lives of 15 diverse, contemporary female scientists with a variety of specialties related to earthquake science. With tenacity, intellect, and innovation, these women have crushed obstacles in society, in the lab, and out in the field. Their accomplishments leave aftershocks as they work toward revealing answers to the many riddles that lie behind earthquakes, saving lives by teaching us how to prepare for these terrifying disasters. Instagram: @polydoroslori. Twitter: @lori_polydoros.

“Eyes on the Road,” by Esther Tenenbaum, was published in the January/February issue of Writer’s Digest. “Much like a cross-country road trip, writing a series can be quite the journey for both readers and writers. Here are five tips for planning and writing a series to get readers safely to the final destination and enjoy the ride along the way.”

Russ Thompson received a positive review in Kirkus Reviews for his third novel, Never Wanted, about a neglected and abused teen who is placed in foster care. He also received a positive review in BookLife Reviews for his most recent book, Overspray, about a teen who struggles to recover after his father dies. Website:

January 2022


Chuck Grieb is is featured on this month’s Imagine FX Magazine!

Andy Mitchell shared a new book coming in March! Preorder The Art of Alice and Martin Provensen

Heather Soodak‘s art is going to be in Centered on the Center 2022 at Huntington Beach Art center!


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