Selina Alko and Sean Qualls wrote and illustrated: The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage. Selina and Sean have each done numerous books and this is their debut together.
Debuts are especially exciting and Kristine Lombardi's first picture book was Lovey Bunny. I did a Q&A with her here
Vanessa Brantley-Newton's new books this year included: My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay and Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist I did a Q&A with her here
Jannie Ho had several books out from Nosy Crow including Pookie Pop Plays Hide-and-Seek I did a Q&A with her here
Hyewon Yum illustrated The Fun Book of Scary Stuff written by Emily Jenkins
Lisa Anchin's debut picture book was A Penguin named Patience: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story
Melissa Iwai's Good Night Engines from 2003 came out in a new Spanish/English edition. Great to see books staying in print and going strong!
Some people expand in new directions. For teens, Linas Alsenas has written Beyond Clueless.
For adults, Jennifer Hayden's graphic novel is The Story of My Tits and has just been highlighted by the New York Times here
Amazing books all! And I'm looking forward to many new books in 2016 by these illustrators and more. Record number of debuts coming up!
I regularly post news from my former students over at twitter: @monicabooks with hashtag: #mySVAalums