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GREAT GRAPHIC NOVELS

Women who shape history, now and then
Find Your Future in Art, Cherry Lake Publishing, Sleeping Bear Press, Kim Childress, events and inspirations



  • January, 2019: Winterim Instructor, Grand Rapids Christian High School, "So You Want to be in Publishing?"

  • Sept. 9, 2018:  Kerrytown Bookfest, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ann Arbor, MI

  • June 2, 2018: Animotion Festival, Speaker & Vendor, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • May 3-5, 2018: Faculty Instructor, PENCON, Grand Rapids, MI  

  • Wild Wild Midwest! May 3-5, 2019, multi-regional conference

  • Oct. 5-7, 2018: SCBWI retreat, Pokagon State Park, Potawatom Inn, Angola, IN (for IN and MI SCBWI members)

  • May 5, 2018, time TBD, SCBWI MI-PAL event: A One-Day Humor Conference with Little, Brown editor Heather Alexander

  • Mar. 17-18, 2018: Michigan Reading Association, Detroit, MI, Cobo Center

  • Feb. 2-3, 2018: The Sixth Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates family stories, Kalamazoo Valley Museum 10 am - 4 pm

  • January 2018​: Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, "How a Book is Made" & "Discernment in the Media" 

  • Dec. 10, 2017: Kazoo Books Author Hop, 11 am-1 pm: SCBWI MI-PAL event, Kazoo Books, Kalamazoo, MI 2-4 pm

  • Dec. 1, 2017: SCBWI-MI Merry Mitten Holiday event, Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI, 6-9 pm

  • Aug 5, 2-4 pm, Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI: Meet eight local children's book authors during Education Appreciation Days organized through the  Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Michigan Chapter, Published and Listed Authors (SCBWI-MI PAL)    

  • Aug 7, Literary Luncheon sponsored by The Bookman, Grand Haven, MI
  • Sept. 10, 2017Kerrytown BookFest. Ann Arbor, MI, 10:30 am -5 pm
  • Sept. 15-16, 2017: SCBWI MI Conference, "Gathering at the Grand"
  • June 22-26, ALA Summer Conference 2017, Chicago, IL
  • June 3, 2017, Reading Rocks Rockford, Krause Memorial Library, Rockford, MI
  • June 21-22, “Build-a-Book” & “How a book is Made,” Brownsburg Public Library (Indianapolis)
  • June 22-26, ALA Summer 2017, Chicago, IL
  • Dec. 10, 2016, The Bookman, SCBWI-MI PAL Merry Mitten Holiday, Grand Haven, MI

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Author ~ Editor ~ Reviewer ~ Speaker

Congratulations to author Christa Kinde (a.k.a. C.J. Milbrandt), upon winning her SECOND Moonbeam award for The Three, the first in the Forsaken Son series. Announced Oct. 1, ​The Three received a Gold Medal in Young Adult Fiction, Religion and Spirituality. This second Moonbeam award follows the author's first Bronze for her brilliant Byways series. (which I happened to have helped edit...) I am truly honored to have worked with Christa on many excellent projects, including the Byways series and the Threshold Series, another excellent collection by Christa, which we worked on together during my time at Zondervan.  I have featured Christa and her books previously on ChildressInk.com, and I highly recommend any works by Christa. For more information on our  editing adventures, see Slush Pile and Authors. Major congratulations! #TheThree #YA #MoonbeamAward #BrilliantBooks 

christa kinde award second moonbeam for ​The Three

FINDING YOUR FUTURE IN ART, Animotion Festival 2018

​Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Michigan

The Legend of the Fairy Stones, by Kelly White

THE LEGEND OF THE FAIRY STONES

Girls' Life magazine book reviews
Annual Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, for excellence is self-publishing

FIND YOUR FUTURE IN ART
By Kim Childress
Cherry Lake (Sleeping Bear Press)

​Part of the Find Your Future in STEAM series​. 

The Three is available now in ebook for $6.99 on Kindle and $12 softcover.
Yahavim, 2018, 978-1631230608

events & Appearances

Find Your Future in Art, Cherry Lake/Sleeping Bear Press, Aug. 2016

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