KidLit News & Conference Updates, May 23

MILLION WAYS HOME by Diana WingetRemember last month when I mentioned that SCBWI Blueboard member Dianna Winget’s MG novel A MILLION WAYS HOME won the Mark Twain Readers Award from the Missouri Association of School Libraries? I’ve heard more good news; it has also won the 2017 William Allen White Award in Kansas! These awards mean more kids will get to read this wonderful book.

A MILLION WAYS HOME is about 12-year-old Poppy who witnesses a terrible crime and ends up in an unorthodox version of “witness protection” where she befriends a misunderstood troublemaker and a dog whose life is in danger.

Buy the book! Blue Willow Bookshop  Brazos Bookstore  Indiebound  Barnes & Noble  Amazon

Here’s the news for this week:

Happy Book Birthday

We have another an exciting book to celebrate this month. This one is a new Women-in-STEM picture book biography by yet another member of the SCBWI Blueboard.

GRACE HOPPER: QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE by Laurie WalkerGRACE HOPPER: QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE

Written by Laurie Wallmark

Illustrated by Katy Wu

Published by Sterling Children’s Books

Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code tells the riveting story of a trailblazing woman. Grace Hopper coined the term computer bug and taught computers to speak English. Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly was Amazing Grace . . . and a role model for science-and math-minded girls and boys. With a wealth of witty quotes, and richly detailed illustrations, this book brings Hopper’s incredible accomplishments to life.

Review links: Tech Age Kids, Kid Lit Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus
Interview: Kathy Teman’s Writing and Illustrating.

Buy the book! Indiebound  Barnes & Noble  Amazon

Local Events

Here’s what’s going on around the Greater Houston Area this week. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebar!

For Readers

THE WORLD'S FIRST TOOTH FAIRY...EVER BY ZANE CARSON CARRUTHMAY 25, THURSDAY, 5:00-7:00 PM: ZANE CARSON CARRUTH, PB AUTHOR

River Oaks Bookstore

Join Houston children’s author Zane Carson Carruth as she presents her picture book, THE WORLD’S FIRST TOOTH FAIRY…EVER. Have you ever wondered how the tooth fairy tradition started? Join Abella, a precocious little fairy on her journey through Tulip Hollow with her friend Darcie. Abella finally has the chance to venture out of the castle and fly to a party with Darcie when she is snatched by a big old bee and flown out of Tulip Hollow. Find out how Abella frees herself from the bee and discovers children for the first time. Follow along as she shows great courage and resourcefulness to solve an unexpected problem and return home to Tulip Hollow. It is during this challenge that Abella accidentaly starts the tooth fairy tradition.

RIVEN by Jane Alvey HarrisMAY 27, SATURDAY, 3:00-5:00 PM: JANE ALVEY HARRIS, YA AUTHOR

River Oaks Bookstore

Join Dallas author Jane Alvey Harris as she presents her young adult novel, RIVEN. Seventeen year-old Emily’s dad is in prison for securities fraud and her mom’s strung-out on pain meds, leaving Emily to parent herself and her younger brothers and sister. She’s got things mostly under control until a couple weeks before Dad’s release, when voices start whispering in her head, and Gabe, the hot lifeguard at the pool, notices the strange brands engraved on her arm…the ones she’s trying desperately to hide. Emily doesn’t know how the symbols got there or what they mean. They appeared overnight and now they’re infected and bleeding. She’s pretty sure she’s losing her mind. Stress, insomnia, and her wounded egos drive Emily to self-medicate, which has to be why the nightmares from her childhood have resurfaced, why they’re commandeering her conscious even when she’s awake. It has to be why the fairytale creatures she created as a little girl insist they need her help…read more…

For Writers

MAY 23, TUESDAY, 6:00-9:00 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE SOCIAL

The Black Labrador

Guest Speaker: Elizabeth White-Olsen, Director at WriteSpace Houston. Elizabeth will talk about WriteSpace Houston.

MAY 27, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

For Writer Kids!

Registration is open for WITS Summer Writing Camp!

WITS (Writers in the Schools) summer camps provide an exciting adventure for 3,000 Houston youth. For 27 years the renowned Creative Writing Camp with Rice University has nurtured storytelling, literacy, and creative learning. WITS also provides creative writing camps throughout the summer in partnership with the University of Houston-DowntownDuchesne Academy, Sherwood Forest Montessori School, and the Jewish Community Center. Additionally, we offer interactive digital camps and slam camps for older students. Please see the WITS website for details.

Conference Updates

For more conference information and links, visit the main conference pages. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebar!

Agents & Editors @ Conferences

SEPTEMBER 21-24: AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, GRAPEVINE, TXNew!

AGENT: Steve Laube/The Steve Laube Agency

SEPTEMBER 21-24: HISTORICAL WRITERS OF AMERICA, TAMAYA RESORT, NMNew!

AGENTS: Michelle Brower/Aevitas Creative; Gina Panettieri/Talcott Notch Literary Services

SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1: SCBWI MIDSOUTH FALL CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TNNew!

AGENTS: Linda Camacho/Prospect Agency; Alexander Slater/Trident Media Group
EDITORS: Katie Carella/Scholastic Inc.; Robyn Chapman/First Second/Macmillan; Christina Pulles/Sterling Children’s Books; Hayley Wagreich/Alloy Entertainment
ART DIRECTORS: Laurent Linn/Simon & Schuster BFYR; Irene Vandervoort/Sterling Children’s Books

OCTOBER 13-15: SCBWI IOWA FALL CONFERENCE, CEDAR RAPIDS, IANew!

AGENT: Jennifer Soloway/Andrea Brown Literary Agency
EDITOR: Jill SantopoloPhilomel
ART DIRECTOR: John Sanford/Cricket Media

OCTOBER 21: SCBWI OKTOBER FEST FALL REGIONAL CONFERENCE, OAKLAND, CANew!

AGENTS: Heather Flaherty/Bent Agency; Clelia Gore/Martin Literary and Media Management; Jennifer March Soloway/Andrea Brown Literary Agency
EDITORS: Andrew Karre/Dutton Books; Alvina Ling/LIttle, Brown Books for Young Readers; Traci Todd/Abrams Appleseed
ART DIRECTOR: Maria Middleton/Random House

Indie Publishing Conferences

SEPTEMBER 21-23: INSCRIBE FALL CONFERENCE, EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADANew!

InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship sponsors and hosts a conference every year on the last weekend in September. Events begin Friday morning and go through until Saturday late afternoon. Fall Conference gives writers an opportunity to come together for inspiration, motivation and to learn more about the craft of writing.

Workshops for Young Writers

Application deadlines approaching!

JUNE 17-25: THE JUNIPER INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG WRITERS, AMHERST, MA

Residential, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Deadline May 26

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is a nine-day creative writing program for students who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity to participate in intensive creative writing workshops, craft sessions, and studio courses designed especially for young writers. Admissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and the Institute will do their best to make admission decisions within 2-6 weeks of receiving applications.

JULY 10-21: GATE CITY WRITES YOUNG WRITERS CAMP, GREENSBORO, NC

Day Camp, UNCG
Deadline June 1

Campers from grades 9-12 will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. In daily writing workshops, students will work with UNCG faculty, graduate students, NC teachers, and local authors. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports development of variety of writing styles. All work will be published on our website.

Writing and Robotics is an afternoon companion program in conjunction with the Young Writer’s Camp. In this program, we will give students an opportunity to design and construct a working robot based on the writing they create in the Young Writer’s Camp.

JULY 17-21: THE JOHN CARROLL YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH

Day Camp, for students grades 8-12
Deadline June 1

Students participate in a rigorous and inspiring program that provides an introduction to the art and craft of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. In morning and afternoon sessions, students study with acclaimed writers, engaging in writing-intensive exercises designed to address the elements of craft: form, voice, character, image, scene, and setting. In addition, students will participate in lively workshop sessions in which they will read and discuss each other’s work with an eye toward revision. Students will also read and discuss the work of established authors, investigating the strategies they use to craft their poetry and prose.

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