December 2016
Join us for the SCBWI NY17 Winter Conference!

Join us for #NY17SCBWI, the annual Winter Conference in NYC. Space is limited, so register now!   Click here to register.

This year's spectacular keynotes include Bryan Collier, Tahereh Mafi and Sara Pennypacker.

Three stellar panels:
Children's Books in the Social Media World: A Panel of Influencers
Four Types of Picture Books: A Closer Look
The Current Landscape for Children's Books

As always this fantastic conference offers:

- Our acclaimed Faculty of editors, agents and art directors will lead special breakout sessions  
- Opportunity to display your illustrations in the Portfolio Showcase
- Optional Friday intensives for writers and illustrators who want to dive deep into their craft
- Networking Gala  
Announcing New Home and July Date for Annual Summer Conference  

We're excited to announce that the 46th and 47th annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles will be held at the JW Marriott at LA Live. This beautiful hotel is located directly next to LA Live, the premier downtown campus featuring sports and music venues, night clubs, restaurants, a bowling alley, museum and movie theaters.

General Conference: July 7 - 9, 2017
Optional Intensives: July 10, 2017

Plan ahead for this life-changing event! Registration will be open in early spring with more info coming soon. Save the dates!
Big Success for Book Blast

Book Blast ended its run proving that readers everywhere want to browse, buy and enjoy books from SCBWI authors and illustrators. Almost 49,000 total page views of the wide range of titles were accumulated over the six-week period. There was a 19% increase over 2015 in the number of Total Pageviews, and an 8% increase in Unique Pageviews. The Buy the Book button was busy with 1,892 clicks, which is up 12% from 2015.
The incentives and promotions also proved to help keep Book Blast presenters and our SCBWI tribe engaged throughout. Sixteen members were winners of prizes ranging from purchases of their books to distribute to schools or libraries to valuable gift cards. To see a full list of winners, go to We hope they created a sense of fun, excitement and good old healthy competition!
Our social media sites saw increases across the board as more followers joined our tribe to keep up with what was happening with Book Blast. Our use of ads on Facebook and Twitter along with paid advertising in School Library Journal's "Extra Helping" newsletter brought more eyeballs to feast on the Book Blast.
Thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm. We look forward to bringing Book Blast to you once again in 2017!

Winter Reading List
After much success last year, the PAL Reading List is back!

There have already been 3,266 total page views which means we're off to a great start. With over 1,100 titles from 328 publishers, this robust list has something for every book lover.  
Our marketing support includes email marketing to librarians, booksellers, marketing and editorial staff at publishers and our membership. We also have posted targeted tweets via Twitter to key industry bloggers, journalists and influencers to get them to download the Reading List.
We'll keep you posted on the great developments with the PAL Reading List.

SCBWI Exclusive with...
Matt Ringler, Senior Editor , Scholastic 
Matt Ringler is a senior editor at Scholastic specializing in chapter books, middle grade and YA fiction. He is the editor of the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, the Game Changers series by Mike Lupica, the STAT series by Amar'e Stoudemire and the Little Rhino series by Ryan Howard. His YA list includes the New York Times Bestseller Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky and It's Not Me, It's You by Stephanie Kate Strohm.  
What elements does a manuscript need to get your attention and make you want to acquire it? 
I want a manuscript to make me feel everything. If it's funny, I want to laugh so loudly that people stare at me. If it's heartbreaking, I want to have tears coming down my cheeks. I want to be turning pages tensely while my knuckles turn white. I want to miss my subway stop. I want to come home and not turn on the television because I need to know how the book ends. And I want the face of at least one other person who I know would love this experience to pop into my head without having to think about it all.
Illustrator Info
The Road to Landing an Agent: K-Fai Steele

Agent Erica Rand Silverman, Stimola Literary Studio
Illustrator and author K-Fai Steele won the Mentorship award at the 2015 Summer Conference.  Shortly after attending the 2016 Summer Conference, she signed up with agent Erica Rand Silverman of Stimola Literary Studio. Sarah Baker, Director of Illustration for SCBWI, asked K-Fai and Erica a few questions about the journey to signing with an agent, and what comes next!

What led up to the 2015 conference, where you won the mentorship award? Had you come to any SCBWI conferences and events before? Had you been a member long? Were you already set on wanting to create children's books?

It took me about five years before I joined SCBWI and went to a conference. In retrospect, those five years where I dragged my feet were very much a time of creative incubation. I credit the Free Library of Philadelphia for much of my preliminary picture book education. I was introduced to William Steig, Tomi Ungerer, and Virginia Lee Burton through building archival enclosures for the dummies for "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" and "Crictor," and for hundreds of Virginia Lee Burton's sketches for "Life Story." SCBWI is an amazing professional development network, and you learn a ton about the publishing world. I'm sure I could have tried to be more efficient about getting the ball rolling for myself professionally a few years ago, but had I done that, I wouldn't have been as prepared as I was for joining the SCBWI community and attending conferences.

On the Shelves
Rediscovered Books    

Shop Small.
The 'shop local' slogan carries a big message, and like local charm, Rediscovered Books has been helping Boise, Idaho, shop small since 2006. Co-owner Laura DeLaney  tells us what's on the shelves.

What sets Rediscovered Books apart from other bookstores? 
Rediscovered Books is set apart because of the strong connections we have with many parts of our community that range from outdoor enthusiasts to literary fiction readers to graphic novel aficionados.

We work to create a place filled with fascinating books and ideas, a place where the staff has extensive knowledge and the skill and passion to share it with others, and where readers of all types can find and buy books that they love.  This is the goal of all independent bookstores, but what makes us unique is that we are connected to a particular place that we love, Boise, Idaho.  

We want your photos! Tag us on Twitter/Instagram/ Facebook with pictures relating to kids or kids' books. Use #scbwitribeshare and we'll choose new snaps each month to share.    
Christian Robinson teaches at the Western Washington Regional Conference

SCBWI British Isles celebrated the mass book launch of over 50 books by members

Catia Chien mentors a fantastic character design workshop at the Western WA/Oregon Illustration Retreat

The literary costume party at SCBWI British Isles Conference

Lin Oliver, Ireland RA Colleen Cailin Jones and members enjoy the fabulous costume party

Lin Oliver and British Isles RA Natascha Biebow as Pippi Longstocking at the British Isles Conference.

Draw This!
Draw This! is our monthly prompt word for illustrators.  The November prompt was VOTE. 
Click HERE to view the gallery of all entries.
Congratulations to our winners!

Kari Percival
Jennifer Vento


Draw This! will return in February with a new prompt.

Write This!  
Write This! is moving to a sporadic schedule. The top five entries of the Resolution prompt will be featured in a special January Insight.