Compiled by Beverly Patt and Ruth Spiro
PICTURE AND CHAPTER BOOKS
MAMMOTHS AND MASTODONS: TITANS OF THE ICE AGE
Matthew Cordell (illustrator)
JUSTIN CASE: SCHOOL, DROOL, AND OTHER DAILY DISASTERS
(Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
1 ZANY ZOO
(Simon & Schuster)
(Simon & Schuster)
Jeff Ebbeler (illustrator)
ELI’S LIE-O-METER: A STORY ABOUT TELLING THE TRUTH
SEVEN HUNGRY BABIES
(Simon & Schuster/Atheneum)
Michael Hays (illustrator)
Continue reading SCBWI-IL Books Are Blooming
By Carol Coven Grannick
It’s not just the negative self-talk that wastes our writing time. It’s the negative self-talk over and over. And over.
Ruminating is a common, but unhappy and unproductive, activity. And the desire to “just say no” and switch it off can be unsuccessful.
In fact, yelling at rumination to stop often kicks in a bigger
Continue reading Ruminating Writer
By Brenda A. Ferber
Chapter Book Perfection
How Oliver Olson Changed the World
By Claudia Mills, illustrated by Heather Maione
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009)
Chapter books are the bridge between easy readers and middle-grade novels. They are written for kids between the ages of seven and ten, and a lot of times they come as a series. When my
Continue reading Books That Make You Go, “Oh!”
By Sheila Kelly Welch
On January 29, 2010, I signed a contract with a brand new, independent publishing company. Not only is the company new, but it charged a submission fee, offered no advance, and announced each “print run” would be one book (at a time). No wonder the Authors Guild had a “completely negative and pessimistic”
Continue reading How I Joined the New Age of Publishing
Compiled by June Sengpiehl
Classes, conferences and workshops provide opportunities for professional contacts, manuscript critiques, networking, and fellowship. Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten, and published after its author attended a class or workshop. Why not consider one of the learning opportunities below? Or visit http://scbwi-illinois.org/Networks.html for events offered by SCBWI-Illinois Networks throughout the state.
Continue reading Want to Attend Spring/Summer School?
Compiled by Michelle Sussman
Information subject to change; some events require (free) tickets. For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit http://www.andersonsbookshop.com/events.php, or call (630) 355-2665 for AB Naperville or (630) 963-2665 for AB Downers Grove.
May 1: Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club; 2:00 p.m., AB Naperville.
May 5: Candace Bushnell, author of
Continue reading Spring’s News-a-Palooza
By Sallie Wolf
Food for Thought is occasional, informal, member-generated programming designed for published and soon-to-be-published members of SCBWI. It is a forum in which to share our concerns, experiences, and expertise.
In February, Debbie Pfeiffer gave a presentation on how to use Facebook and offered many practical tips to make it work for you as an author/illustrator.
Continue reading Recap: Facebook, Book Trailers, & More
By Meg Fleming Lentz
For years, we’ve been told that using the buddy system would keep us safe on field trips, at parties, and even when venturing into the vast unknown. Writing often feels like that—the vast unknown. So when Lisa Bierman suggested that we find a “critique buddy” at last November’s Prairie Writer’s Day, I was
Continue reading Use the Buddy System
By Susan Takacs
On Friday mornings in Lincoln Square, it is common to see a parade of empty strollers lined up outside The Book Cellar bookstore. The usual occupants of the strollers—often more than thirty children—are inside on brightly colored pillows with a parent or babysitter, enjoying story time. The Storybook Mom, Nili Yelin, gestures dramatically, hopping
Continue reading Story Time, Tradition, and Technology
I think I just may have to bite the bullet and admit it. I’m an old-timer—yup, an SCBWI old-timer who can remember back to our Illinois Woodstock retreats (complete with brown shag-carpeted walls) and the Prairie Wind coming in the mail with hand-written hellos from Heidi Roemer. When I joined SCBW about seventeen years ago, there
Continue reading Growing Together–Part II