Book Release News

Hello everyone! I trust you are working away on all of the challenges, including the latest from Laura. If you are here, then you must be giving yourselves a well-deserved break. While you visit, join me in giving a major woohoo to our fabulous co-RA Lois Szymanski for the release of her picture book WILD COLT.

From Lois’ website: Join a wild colt as he follows his herd through long summer days in the wetlands of Assateague Island. Light, rhyming verses and beautiful oil paintings carry the reader along, sharing the sights and sounds these famous ponies experience daily. See the colt run along the ocean, buck and kick, chase mosquitoes, and eye turtles and deer at the water hole. This picture book introduces the reader to the life of a Chincoteague pony colt in his coastal habitat beginnings until he is rounded up during the famous wild pony auction and Pony Penning on Chincoteague Island. Educators can bring the wild colt experience into the classroom with the included wildlife identification guide, discussion topics, and facts about wetlands. Families will also treasure this charming story for bedtime reading.

As if being one of our co-RAs wasn’t enough, Lois is also the author of 20 books for children, including fiction for young readers and middle graders, nonfiction and picture books. Her short stories have appeared in a long list of children’s magazines, including Highlights for ChildrenU*S*Kids MagazineTurtle Magazine for Preschoolers and Hopscotch Magazine for Girls.

Congratulations, Lois!! I can’t wait to get my own copy!

Okay friends, back to those keyboards and sketchpads. Spring is knocking on our door and our conference is just around the corner. Good things are coming our way!

Have a great weekend.


About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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9 Responses to Book Release News

  1. Pam says:

    Congratulations, Lois! It looks like a wonderful book! Pam

  2. Lona Queen says:

    Woohoo! Congratulations, Lois. I can’t wait for my own copy either. Will you have them at the conference?

  3. Thanks for letting us know, Susan. And congratulations, Lois! Hope you’ll be signing copies at the spring conference!

  4. Ellen L. Ramsey says:

    Sounds like an exquisite picture book, Lois. I look forward to reading it.

  5. Aw, thank you Susan for this surprise post!

    I am pleased with the beautiful production of this book and of the curriculum section in the back. The illustrator did full page spreads in oil paints and she really knows the Chincoteague Ponies and their wetland environment.

    I will have some copies at the spring conference the end of March. Thanks for asking!

    Thanks so much to all of you for your kind comments. We writers really stick together!

    :>) Lois

  6. jenna says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I look forward to getting a copy at the conference. 🙂

  7. This is a BEAUTIFUL book! Congratulations, Lois.

  8. Congratulations, Lois. The cover is beautiful. Just in time for birthdays of a few short and hornery people I know. Good job!


  9. Thank you all. I appreciate your support more than you know! I was blessed to get an illustrator who knows Chincoteague Ponies and their environment. :>) Lois

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