It’s a big week for picture books! Three SCBWI picture book authors I know—Varsha Bajaj, Tammi Sauer, and Stephanie Shaw—are celebrating launches, along with their illustrators, Eliza Wheeler, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, and Kevin Barry. I love seeing such variety in story, style, and illustration!
If you write for the educational market, be sure to bookmark Educational Markets for Children’s Writers. The curator of this list, Ev Christensen, is an award-winning author, puzzle creator, and long-time moderator on the SCBWI Blueboard. While you are there, give your brain a workout with her free puzzles!
Happy Book Birthday
Congratulations to SCBWI-Houston author Varsha Bajaj for hew newest picture book,
Written by Varsha Bajaj
Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Group
From the publisher: A baby is born and the world rejoices! With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one’s arrival, it is apparent that the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all!
Book Birthday wishes also go to SCBWI Blueboard member and picture book author from Oklahoma, Tammi Sauer!
Written by Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Published by Sterling Publishing
From the Publisher: Mary has STYLE! In this fun take on Mother Goose, fashion-forward Mary helps some childhood favorites go glam. From the kid who lives in a shoe (and dons some fab footwear) to Jack, who breaks his crown but gets a great new one, Mary’s friends look fine. But are they too well dressed for recess? Don’t worry—Mary always shows her flair for what to wear!
More Birthday wishes go to another SCBWI Blueboard member, Stephanie Shaw for her newest picture book:
Written by Stephanie Shaw
Illustrated by Kevin Barry
Published by Sleeping Bear Press
From the Publisher: Apprenticed to a famous wizard, young Schnitzel is not known for his hard work. In fact, it’s just the opposite. He’s lazy and lacks motivation. So late one night, when a door-to-door salesman selling vacuum cleaners offers to help, Schnitzel sees an answer to his housecleaning woes. Little does he know, however, that this is no ordinary salesman and the vacuum is no ordinary dust-buster. In this retelling of the classic tale The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Schnitzel is about to find out why it’s never a good idea to invite a cape-wearing, fang-toothed stranger in after dark. Fortunately for him, there’s magical help ready to lend a hand.
Enjoy illustrator Kevin Barry’s video for SCHNITZEL:
Local Author Events
August 6, Saturday, 3:00 PM: VARSHA BAJAJ, PICTURE BOOK AUTHOR
Join award-winning local author Varsha Bajaj for the celebration of her new picture book THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY. The delightful illustrations are by Eliza Wheeler. With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one’s arrival, it is apparent that the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all.
OCTOBER 22-23: STRAWS, STICKS, OR BRICKS—HOW TO BUILD A SOLID STORY, ST PAUL, MN
EDITORS: Andrew Karre/Dutton BFYR; Harold Underdown/Independent Editor
ART DIRECTOR: Patrick Collins, Creative Director, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
AGENT: Alex Slater/Trident Media Group
I’m having a spot of bother with WordPress at the moment, so the entry for this event on the page, Conferences: Literary Agents, currently lists the editors rather than the agent, Alex Slater. I hope to get this resolved super-quick. Wish me luck!