We love good news and we love celebrating even more! SCBWI members are definitely a successful bunch and there is never a shortage of good news to share. Here are some things worth celebrating this month!


Illustrator Lucy Farfort has won Faber and Faber and Andlyn Literary Agency's inaugural FAB Prize. Read more here.

Here's one of Lucy's images that particularly caught the judges' eyes.

The 2017 YA Book Prize has been awarded to Patrice Lawrence for Orangeboy.

Kathryn Evans won the UK and Ireland's SCBWI Crystal Kite award with More of Me.

Books Published!

Philip S. Davies's second fantasy adventure novel, Destiny's Revenge, was released on 10th June, with a Book Launch at Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford. This is a sequel to Destiny's Rebel, which was shortlisted for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in 2016.

Philip's display laid out read for the launch.

Clare Helen Welsh's debut picture book, Aerodynamics of Biscuits, has been adapted and published 28th May as a purple band early reader called Biscuit Blast Off,  by Maverick Arts Publishing. Clare said: "I am thrilled that Oliver and his pirate crew have had their story published in this new early reader format. I feel particularly proud that 'Biscuit Blast Off' will give newly independent readers the opportunity to apply their phonic and reading skills, without compromising on plot. 'Biscuit Blast Off' packs a punch with its action-filled story line, brought to life fantastically by Sophia's illustrations." 

Biscuit Blast Off by Clare Helen Welsh

Elizabeth Dale has had two early reader books published by Maverick Arts Publishing on 28th May. Cool Duck and Lots of Hats includes two short stories suitable for pink band readers while Izzy! Wizzy! is suitable for yellow band reaers. Elizabeth said: 'I am delighted to have two books in Maverick's new programme of Early Readers, Cool Duck and Lots of Hats are two stories in a Pink Band book and Izzy! Wizzy! is about a girl who is magic but her spells always go wrong. They were published in May 2017.'

Cool Duck and Lots of Hats by Elizabeth Dale

Izzy! Wizzy! by Elizabeth Dale

Jill Atkins has had her early reader, Peck, hen, Peck and Ben's Pet, two little stories in one book, published by Maverick Arts Publishing, at the simplest level for young children as they start to read.

Peck, Hen, Peck! and Ben's Pet by Jill Atkins 
Alice Hemming is celebrating the publication of not one, not two, but EIGHT early readers this month. Her books, Can I Have My Ball Back?, Buzz and Jump! Jump!, Bam-Boo and I Wish, and George and the New Craze have been published by Maverick Arts Publishing. Her books In the Stars, Free Runners, Text Me and The Care Home have been published by Ransom.

So many new titles from Alice Hemming that we can't fit them all in!

Jess Butterworth has had her middle grade book, Running on the Roof of the World published by Orion Children's Books. It's a a richly atmospheric story of survival and hope set in Tibet and India, filled with friendship, love and courage.
Jess Butterworth's new book is a thrilling story of a girl's journey to save her parents.

Katie Dale's second middle grade novel, the Never-ending Birthday, for Macmillan Children's books has been published this month. She says: "I'm thrilled that my second middle grade novel for Macmillan Children's Books will be published this month! The Never-ending Birthday is the story of twins Max and Anni who have a rubbish 13th birthday and wish to re-do their day - and they do! - over and over again... (a bit like Groundhog Day for kids) and was great fun to write.
Katie Dale describes her new book as like Groundhog Day for kids.


 And More!

Anna Violet has had illustrations published in OUP young readers book  The Singing Tortoise as well as having illustrations printed in Bolton Library's Discover Author Arts Award log books

Elizabeth Dulemba is thrilled to announce that she's now under contract to illustrate Crow Not Crow by Caldecott-Award-winning author Jane Yolen!

Celebrate with Words & Pictures

Do you have a new book out? Have you signed with an agent? Have you won a prize?  If you'd like us to include your good news in next month's Celebrations page, send the details, including a picture of yourself and/or your book along with any links you'd like us to include to celebrations@britishscbwi.org

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