Thursday, February 22, 2018

KidLitforKidsLives - a movement of letters from children's book creators to the students of "Parkland & Beyond"

There are over 35 letters so far at the KidLitforKidsLives website, and it's a rising up of support and encouragement from our community for the students fighting for gun control in the United States. As a sampling, here are two of the letters:

Letter from Supriya Kelkar
Letter from Nancy Castaldo

Most importantly, you can share your own letter with the students as well - link at the bottom of the kidlitforkidslives site.

Illustrate and Write On,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sid Fleischman Humor Award Winner Crystal Allen tells us about "The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: The Wall of Fame Game"

The Sid Fleischman Humor Award is an award for authors whose work exemplifies the excellence of writing in the genre of humor. The SCBWI established the award to honor humorous work, so often overlooked in children’s literature by other award committees.

I caught up with Crystal Allen at the #NY18SCBWI autograph party...

Find out more about Crystal and the rest of "The Magnificent Mya Tibbs" series at Crystal's website here.

Illustrate and Write On,

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PW profiles the first picture book to come from the We Need Diverse Books mentorship program: "The Field"

The point made in Claire Kirch's article, "It Takes a Village: NorthSouth Publishes WNDB Grant Recipient" should resonate loudly for us all:
"The picture book’s backstory to publication is one of serendipitous personal connections, demonstrating what most of those in the publishing industry have long known and what WNDB is successfully tapping into: this is an industry built upon relationships just as much as love for the written word."
The book is "The Field" by Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara.

As the book's editor at NorthSouth Beth Terrill put it,
"I hope this story encourages other writers of color to join the WNDB program."
From the PW article: "The Field tells the story of a girl and her younger brother, who rouse their Caribbean community—family, friends, even the local fruit vendor—to play a friendly game of soccer after clearing a field of the cows grazing there. While the book is primarily written in English, Creole words and phrases are sprinkled throughout the text, giving it an international flavor. Besides the English/Creole and German/Creole editions, a Spanish/Creole edition will be published this spring."

Cheers to debut author Baptiste Paul,  his wife Miranda who met Beth at the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles a few years ago and introduced the editor to her husband's work, debut illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara, Alcántara's agent Adriana Dominguez, Alcántara's We Need Diverse Books mentor Author-illustrator Carolyn Dees Flores, NorthSouth, and the whole WNDB team! Wow - it really does take a village!

Read the full article here.

Illustrate and Write On,

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Golden Kite Winner Jack Cheng Tell Us About His Middle Grade Novel, "See You In The Cosmos"

I caught up with Jack Cheng at the #NY18SCBWI Autography Party...

Thanks, Jack! And congratulations again!

Learn more about Jack and "See You In The Cosmos" here.

Illustrate and Write On,

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

10 Sparkling moments from #NY18SCBWI (even if you couldn't attend)

Champagne after the Golden Kite Awards!

"The only thing you have control over is writing the best book you can." –Jane Yolen

"Download your own fight song and know there's a Jordan out there waiting for your story." –Carolyn Crimi, on her process and the young reader who wrote her to say thank you.

Crystal Allen thanking her character Mya Tibbs, "for teaching me to walk the walk, not just talk the talk."

The absence of a trend in the YA space means more opportunity for individual stories. –Brooks Sherman

...And how when there's room for everyone to speak, it means you sometimes have to ceed the floor. – Marietta Zacker

“If you can look at your earlier work and cringe a little, that means you’ve improved.” –Dan Santat

"Diversity is not a trend."  –Angie Thomas

"'No' is not a rejection of you." –Emma Dryden

"The illustrations are the unfiltered storytelling for the child." –Laurent Linn

 “Make a pair of wings. The best way to work creatively is to fly somewhere new.” –Jane Yolen

Now take that inspiration, and illustrate and write on!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The SCBWI Golden Kite Awards at #NY18SCBWI

It's our awards season moment, and there's one question on everyone's minds...

Not "who are you wearing?" but

"Who are you reading?"

Follow all the excitement Friday night February 2, 2018 with the hashtag #NY18SCBWI...

Illustrate and Write On,

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Have you self-published a children's or YA book? Hannah Holt is collecting survey data!

Once again, Hannah Holt is putting some real-world numbers to this writing and illustrating for children and teen career thing we're all doing. Her previous results were fascinating, and now, she's collecting data on self-published authors of children's and teen books.

You can take the anonymous survey here.

Thanks for participating, and thanks to Hannah for doing this work to help us all calibrate our vision of our career with the reality of what's happening for our peers. Why is this important? I strongly believe that:

An informed creator is an empowered creator.
You can find Hannah at her website and also on twitter.

Illustrate and Write On,

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The SCBWI Winter Conference in New York is only a week away!

The SCBWI 19th Annual Winter Conference is sold out, and whether you'll be attending or not, make sure to follow along on our SCBWI Conference Blog and on social media with the hashtag #NY18SCBWI!

SCBWI Team Blog will be covering the Golden Kite Awards, the keynotes (Dan Santat! Angie Thomas!), the panels (Agents - including Kirsten Hall, Erin Murphy, Molly O'Neill, Brooks Sherman, and Marietta Zacker, and Editors - including Caitlyn Dlouhy, Tiffany Liao, Daniel Nayeri, and Jill Santopolo), the Portolio Showcase, and so much more!

It's going to be amazing...

Illustrate and Write On!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The best response to rejection, courtesy of SCBWI board member, multi-award winner and best-selling author and poet Jane Yolen

Looking for some inspiration? Check out Jane's response to a recent rejection, as documented on her Facebook account:

Jane writes: "OUCH. Not a great start to the New Year: a rejection of five poems for an anthology. Hope it is an outlier and not a predictive model. So I sent out five more to a different journal."

Five poems rejected, five more sent out the SAME DAY.

There's a reason that Jane Yolen is the consummate pro that she is -- and that she's published over 350 books. She takes care of business, and also takes care of her creative self, keeping the fires of hope fed.

Work rejected? Send more work right out again, so there's always a sense of hope moving forward.

This is so wise, to not marinate in the NO, but put out for the MAYBE right away. And in this industry of writing and illustrating for children, that's probably the sanest (and best) way to get to the YESes that are waiting for each of us.

Thanks, Jane!

Illustrate and Write On... and keep submitting!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Listen to SCBWI's newest podcast: A Conversation with Raúl Colón

Raúl Colón is the award-winning illustrator of over 30 books for children. He has received the silver and gold medal in the original art show, a Pura Belpré Award, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Award!

In this two-part conversation with Theo Baker, Raúl discusses his inspirations and career journey, dives deep into his process and technique, explores the advantages of analog over digital methods of producing art, and offers his advice for illustrators who are still trying to find their own unique style. And much more!

Listen to the episode trailer here.

Current SCBWI members can listen to the full podcast here (log in first!)

Illustrate and Write On, 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The 2017 Golden Kite Award And Sid Fleischman Humor Award Winning Books!

This year, the awards will be presented at the sold-out 2018 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York.
Congratulations to all the winners!

Middle Grade Fiction: Jack Cheng - SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS (Dial Books/Penguin Random House)

 Non-Fiction for Older Readers: Debora Heiligman - VINCENT AND THEO (Godwin Books/Henry Holt and Company)

Picture Book Nonfiction: Carole Boston Weatherford - SCHOMBURG: THE MAN WHO BUILT A LIBRARY (Candlewick Press)

 Picture Book Illustration: Kenard Pak - GOODBYE AUTUMN, HELLO WINTER (Henry Holt and Company) 

Picture Book Text: Carolyn Crimi - THERE MIGHT BE LOBSTERS (Candlewick Press)

Young Adult Fiction: Elana K. Arnold – WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF (Carolrhoda Lab)

Sid Fleischman Award Winner: Crystal Allen - THE MAGNIFICENT MYA TIBBS: THE WALL OF FAME GAME (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins)

Congratulations as well to the creators of the Golden Kite honor books...

Middle Grade Fiction:
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – The War I Finally Won (Dial Books/Penguin Random House)
Ruth Freeman – One Good Thing About America (Holiday House)

Picture Book Text:
Carmen Agra Deedy- The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet (Scholastic Press/Scholastic, Inc.)

Picture Book Illustration:
LeUyen Pham – Fallingwater (Roaring Brook)

Young Adult Fiction:
Courtney Stevens – Dress Codes for Small Towns (Harper Teen/HarperCollins)  Liara Tamani – Calling My Name (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)

Click here to find out more about the Golden Kite Awards and Sid Fleischman Humor Award.

Illustrate and Write On!