Meanwhile, as our local chapter’s Regional Advisor, Assistant Regional Advisor, and Illustrator Coordinator were living it up in California, Dotti Enderle stayed home and took care of our monthly meeting. IT was a good thing, too, because we had a lot of new faces at last night’s meeting. Dotti, who is the author of over 70 published books, talked to us about writing series. We learned a lot about the importance of keeping a detailed series bible. I do this with my own writing, but Dotti gave us some great tips for including information I hadn’t considered.
Happy Book Birthday
Today I am celebrating more new books by two prolific picture book authors, both members of the SCBWI Blueboard!
By Stephanie Shaw
Illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault
Published by Sleeping Bear Press
Drawing inspiration from the natural world around her, a weaver woman with a magical touch crafts exquisite fabrics. And from the fabric she fashions a wondrous dress, with a bodice that sparkles of starlight and lace like the foam of an ocean wave. The weaver envisions the food and clothing she will be able to buy for her children from the sale of the dress. But when she takes the dress to a local shopkeeper, the weaver is told her work is not saleable. And so she starts over again.
Harkening back to the magic and lessons learned from classic fairy tales, this imaginative tale reminds readers of all ages of the importance of pursuing one’s dreams and following one’s heart.
DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS
By Diana Murray
Illustrated by Yuyi Chen
Hooray for books! They make me ROAR!
Doris the Bookasaurus thinks books are mega-dino-tastic! They make her spiky tail wiggle and her imagination soar.
Her boisterous little brothers, Max and T.J., do not agree. They want her to stop reading and play Chomp the Flag and STEGO Blocks . . . until Doris shares her pirate book aloud. Soon they’re using their imagination for on an epic adventure to Sharktooth bay.
With charming rhyming text about an adorable dinosaur family, Doris and her siblings show rambunctious readers everywhere that reading and playing go perfectly together!
JULY 18, TUESDAY, 11:00 AM: EMMA VIRJAN, PB AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR
What this story needs is a pig in a wig, on a boat in a moat with a frog, a dog, and a goat on a log. . . .
As a panda in a blouse, a skunk on a trunk, and more hop on board, it becomes clear that what this story really needs is a bigger boat Join Pig on an exciting boat ride as she discovers that life is more fun with friends in this fantastic funny read-aloud with cumulative text from author-illustrator Emma J. Virjan.
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Agents & Editors @ Conferences
SEPTEMBER 15-16: SCBWI-OHIO NORTH CONFERENCE, ELYRIA, OH
EDITORS: Brett Duquette/Sterling Publishing; Jill Santopolo/Philomel Books
ART DIRECTOR: Nancy Brennan/Viking Children’s Books
AGENTS: Linda Camacho/Prospect Agency; Victoria A. Selvaggio/The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency; Jennifer Wills/The Seymour Agency
OCTOBER 26-29: HUMMINGBIRD WRITING RETREAT, JEMEZ SPRINGS, NM
AGENT: Natascha Morris/Bookends Literary
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