November 1, 2018
Books for Readers Celebrates Indigenous People in Fargo
“I really get to keep it?” This question was overheard on October 8 at the Books for Readers event in Fargo, North Dakota, as dozens of wonderstruck children browsed through the brand new library of donated books. This was the second year we partnered with a community in need to bring them books by SCBWI members, but this particular event was more than just a touching celebration of kids' literature. Our team was honored to work with the Indian Education Program of Fargo and West Fargo public schools and to attend the Indigenous People’s Day celebration. Books For Readers became part of the celebration day after we decided there was no better way to have a talk with kids and their families than at a vibrant community-supported event.
BookStop Opens for Holiday Shopping
As we move into that cheerful season where the weather gets colder and book sales heat up, it's the perfect time to shine a spotlight on your 2018 new releases. SCBWI BookStop is now open to the public and will remain active through the holiday shopping season; it will conclude on Friday, December 7. As of press time, 711 members have purchased and created a page that will potentially reach tens of thousands of book lovers and book buyers through the key shopping days of Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. 

CLICK HERE to browse the 2018 BookStop galleries .

Last year, over 700 members created pages and had nearly 50,000 pageviews to show for their great efforts.

Spaces Extremely Limited for New York Winter Conference
Registration for the Winter Conference in New York City opened in late October and spaces are filling up fast. The Portfolio Showcase is already full as well as many of the intensive breakout sessions. There are still openings in sessions for illustrators, novel writers, picture book writers, and published authors. Please register soon if you plan to attend as the Conference will likely sell out by the end of next week.

The Winter Conference is a unique opportunity for attendees to dive deep into the craft of writing and illustrating for children and young adults. This year’s event kicks off on the evening of Friday, February 8 with the Golden Kite Awards Gala which will be live-streamed around the globe. Over the course of the weekend, there will be panel discussions from industry professionals and keynote addresses from Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis ( Bud, Not Buddy), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo ( The Poet X), and National Book Award finalist Jarrett Krosoczka ( Hey, Kiddo) .

We hope to see you there!  For more information about the Conference schedule and to register   CLICK HERE.
SCBWI to Exhibit at ALA Midwinter
SCBWI will be exhibiting at the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 25--29, 2019 in Seattle, WA. Our location in Booth 623 will be near the Pop Top Stage, so attendees will have convenient access to visit and learn about our society. Over 8,000 librarians, educators, and publishing industry attendees were at the 2018 meeting. Our focus this year will be on promoting the Recommended Reading List and the Speakers Bureau , both full of our talented members who write and illustrate high-quality books for kids.

Forty PAL members will have the opportunity to have their book specially showcased at our booth for a nominal fee of $50.

Happy Birthday, November Releases!
Come browse brand-new releases by SCBWI members! This month thirty-five members, both traditionally and independently published, celebrate their new books with Happy Book Birthday—just in time for the holiday season. 

This month’s winner is Lyra Selene with her YA fantasy novel Amber & Dusk.  Ten copies of her book will be purchased by SCBWI and donated to Kids Need to Read, an organization whose mission is to “create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children.” We hope that Lyra’s book will bring excitement, delight, and imagination to young readers. 

Click HERE for instructions on how to submit for Happy Book Birthday.

Please note that the deadline to submit this month is  November 20 , no exceptions. Only books released in  December 2018  will be accepted during this submission period, but Happy Book Birthday runs every month. If you have an upcoming book, submit your information by the  20th of the month before your book’s release date in order to be entered into the monthly drawing. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Announcing Ann Whitford Paul--Writer's Digest Book Award
We’re thrilled to announce a new grant called the Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Book Award. It will be awarded to a Most Promising Picture Book 

This award is open to any picture book writers who are not under contract and/or have not sold a picture book manuscript in the last three years. Acclaimed picture book writer Ann Paul wanted to establish this award for picture books "because they are short and often get passed by when it comes to awards. Too many people assume brevity means easy, but it is just their briefness that makes picture books so challenging to write. Every word counts. Nothing extraneous can be included. I created this award (along with my publisher Writer’s Digest Books) to support and encourage picture book writers and let them know their work matters and is worthy of recognition.”

Executive Director Lin Oliver said, "SCBWI is very grateful to Ann Whitford Paul and Writer’s Digest for supporting picture book creators. Extending a helping hand to help people realize their creative dreams is a special kind of generosity.”

Guidelines for the award can be found on our website HERE
SCBWI Congratulates Karen Cushman Winners
The Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award was not awarded last year, which is why the judges chose two winning entries for 2018: the YA dystopia  Stray Blue Star  by  Holly Smith  and the historical fantasy  Finding Memory  by  Elizabeth Lund .

The Late Bloomer Award is given to authors over the age of fifty who have never had a book traditionally published in the field of children’s literature. Recipients are hand selected by Newbery Award-winner Karen Cushman, author of  Catherine, Called Birdy  and  The Midwife’s Apprentice , and her husband, Philip Cushman. 
Smith and Lund will each receive $500 plus free tuition to the SCBWI conference of their choice.  Finding Memory  and  Stray Blue Star  have also been posted to a secure site where agents and editors were invited for an exclusive first look at the manuscripts.

Three Cheers for Carrie Pearson!
In 2013, Michigan regional advisor Carrie Pearson whooped for joy when her project about the world's tallest trees was awarded an SCBWI Work of Outstanding Promise (WOOP) grant for travel to Redwood National and State Parks from Michigan. This primary research helped her write the story, find a dream agent, sell it to Charlesbridge in 2016, and celebrate its release in 2018. 

Three Cheers is a new  Insight feature in which we select one SCBWI member a month who has a phenomenal success story to share. If you have realized a dream through your involvement with SCBWI, please send your story to .
SCBWI Exclusive with...
Nick Thomas
Nick Thomas  is an editor with Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where he started as an editorial assistant. He has also held positions with Bloomsbury, Chicken House, and David Fickling Books before returning to his AALB roots. He edits middle grade and young adult books, and looks for stories that change something about you by the time you’re finished.

Draw This!
Draw This! is our monthly prompt word for illustrators. 

Congratulations to the October winners! The October prompt word was "Girl Power"
Click HERE to view the October Gallery
NaShanta Fletcher
Jennifer Bower
November's prompt word is: "Ritual"
Click Here for Draw This! guidelines
Faces of SCBWI
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Deirdre Prischmann, Tory Christie, Linda Sue Park, Kristy Olsgaard, Betty Raum, Selina Bjorlie, and Linda Sand at Books for Readers event in Fargo, ND
Lucas Elliot, "Best in Show" winner at SCBWI Alaska Juried Art Show
The Books for Readers team (Linda Sue Park, Tammy Brown, and Patricia J. Murphy) in Fargo, ND
Indigenous People's Day powwow and SCBWI Books For Readers Day in Fargo, ND
The SCBWI HQ team celebrates Kim Turrisi's birthday and Henry Winkler's Emmy win
SCBWI-Carolinas Novel Contest winners Jenny Murray (1st), Jake Burnett (2nd), and Amy Skelding (3rd) at the Word by Line Fall Conference
SCBWI Japan Translation Day in Yokohama