Member Success Stories - May 2024

Created May 17, 2024 by Tanja Bauerle


As an Arizona Member, do you have any exciting publishing news that you would like to share? Please email your good news to, by the 1st of the month to be considered for inclusion in that month's bulletin. Success stories that are included in the bulletin will be shared in our news feed by the end of the month.

Congratulations, Diane Phelps Budden on receiving a fantastic review from Kirkus

Diane's latest nonfiction picture book, "NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK: HOW CLYDE W. TOMBAUGH FOUND AN AWESOME NEW WORLD," (art directed and designed by Tanja Bauerle) received a wonderful review from Kirkus Reviews. This news is certainly worthy of celebrating.

"A standout, informative junior biography that celebrates the solar system and self-taught knowledge."

You can read the full review here.


Congratulations, Phoebe Fox on the success of your On The Verde River book

Phoebe's book On The Verde River has been chosen for the 2024 Library of Congress Great Reads from Great Places list.

Learn more about the Library of Congress Great Reads from Great Places here.

Learn more about the book here.


Congratulations, Kim Tomsic on the success of your book The Elephants Come Home

Kim Tomsic and Hadley Hooper's book The Elephants Come Home has won the California Young Readers Medal in the category of picture books for older readers. About the award: "The California Young Reader Medal program, established in 1974, introduces young readers in California to a variety of book genres and formats, gives them an opportunity to honor their favorite books and authors, and develops and cultivates a love of recreational reading." Nearly half a million students participated in the California Young Medal Reader program this year, reading and voting on the nominated books.