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Cheryl Keely

Children's Author




At the Midsouth SCBWI conference held in September 2016, I received an honorable mention for my picture book Lick Your Elbow, about all the  things for which we use our tongue.

Great Words Great Works 2018-2019 Selection
A BOOK OF BRIDGES: HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU was selected by Scripps National Spelling Bee as a 2018-2019 Great Words, Great Works Pick for first graders.
See  Hooray for words! video.


PW review:   Keely makes her children’s book debut with a contemplative exploration of bridges, citing real-life examples, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Peru’s Puente de Piedra, and more metaphorical ones, including the arches created by backbends and rainbows. 

Complete review

Kirkus review:   Bridges are great metaphors, but they are pretty cool in their own right. 

Keely selects nine bridges to illustrate different types of construction in different parts of the world, plus a few that give the word “bridge” a deeper meaning. Krampien draws each with a nice eye for detail, rendering them from a perspective that warms and humanizes them (her bird’s-eye view for the opening two-page spread is a winner). 

Complete review

Book Readings / Signings
Book Festival — Southern Kentucky book Festival Friday, April 20 (Teen and Children's Day) and Saturday, April 21, Knicely Conference Center, 2355 Nashville Rd., Bowling Green Ky. 42101.  More information: SOKY Book Fest 


Here’s what I’ve been up to recently:








Book Launch — Saturday, Feb. 18, Learning Express Toys of Louisville, 12619 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40243

Story Time — Monday, Feb. 27, Carmicheal's Kids, 1313 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40204

Book Signing — Saturday, March 4, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 801 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, Kentucky 40222

A Bridge to the  World Special Tea and Book Event — Sunday, March 19, Louisville Tea Company, 9305 New LaGrange Rd., Louisville, Kentucky 40242

Special Author Event — Saturday, March 25, Brown Memorial Library, 101 S. Commerce St., Lewisburg Ohio, 45338

School Visit  —  Wednesday, March 29, Southside Elementary School,  728 Ginkgo Dr, Shelbyville, KY 40065

Book Signing — Saturday, April 15, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 4100 Summit Plaza Drive, Louisville, Kentucky 40241
Book Signing — Saturday, April 22, Karen's Book Barn, 127 E. Main Street, La Grange KY 40031
Book Signing — Saturday, August 19,  Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St., Columbus, IN  47201
Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival — Saturday, Oct. 28,  Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. 
Kentucky Book Fair — Friday, Nov. 17 (7th annual Kids Day) and Saturday, Nov. 18 (36th annual Kentucky Book Fair), Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Ky.  40508.

At the Midsouth SCBWI conference held in September 2017, I received an honorable mention for my picture book Dr. Spider, MD., about Sophia the Spider who runs into all kinds of trouble figuring out her place in the world.

Received Honor Award from the California Reading Association's 2017 EUREKA!  Nonfiction Children's Book Awards.

Received a starrted selection in the fall 2017 edition of Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens.

Writing Information

Interested in learning more about writing for children?  Check out the international Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators or the local chapter to which I belong --Midsouth SCBWI.

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