As the heat wave continues, it's time to grab an ice cream and smile at all our amazing celebration news. And nothing is better than enjoying the summer heat with good news!
 B B Taylor begins the month of August by dishing out some treats with all our SCBWI celebration news. 

New Releases 

Candy Gourlay begins the summer celebrations with her newest release. Bone Talk takes us to a world that many will have never discovered, following the Bontoc tribe, based in the Philippines. Published by David Fickling Books, Bone Talk has been drumming up fantastic feedback so far!

Vanessa Harbour has got us all teary-eyed with her beautiful debut novel, Flight. Released by Welsh publishing house Firefly Press this historical novel is one you will definitely need your tissues for as we follow Jakob and Kizzy as they flee in 1944 Austria with their beloved horses.

Donna David's first YA title, Bruised, has been published by Badger Learning as part of their Two Sides series addressing thought-provoking situations that teenagers might find themselves in. Bruised tackles the issue of domestic violence. At 4000 words long, Bruised is a perfect read for reluctant teenage readers or those who want a quick read.

Girl in the Window by Penny Joelson is an exciting Young Adult mystery, published by Egmont on 9th August. See the world from another unique perspective in this thrilling new novel from the author of I Have No Secrets (a World Book Day title for 2018).

Evelyn Bookless is excited to share with us that she is now the author of a new picture book called Captain Green and the Plastic Scene, published by Marshall Cavendish International. Captain Green and the Plastic Scene is illustrated by Danny Deeptown, an illustrator with a passion for wildlife and the environment. A story filled with warmth and humour when Captain Green, fresh out of Superhero School, receives the call to action! 


Coo Clayton's second book Maggie’s Monsters was released atan exciting book launch at Waterstones on Princes Street, Edinburgh. Maggie's Monsters is the follow-up to Maggie’s Mittens which came out in October 2017. It’s been a busy eight months for Maggie!  

The Wilderness Wars are coming! Barbara Henderson is on a roll as her latest offering from
Cranachan Publishing hits the shelves this August. This eco- adventure is a summer holiday must-have!

Coming Soon

The third in the spellbinding, spine-tingling school series in which Twinkle Toadspit creates massive magical mayhem is on its way! Twinkle must persuade her teacher to let her out of school so she can tour her Bottom. The newest instalment from the hilarious Em Lynas will be with is this autumn as Help! I'm Trapped at Witch School is released by Nosy Crow.


Image credit: Alex Edwards

Rashmi Sirdeshpande is on cloud nine this month. Currently a mentee on the Penguin Random House WriteNow programme. Her non-fiction picture book, HOW TO CATCH AN IDEA, has been Highly Commended by the judges of the 2018 Faber Andlyn (FAB) Prize


Image credit: Alex Edwards

More cause for celebration for Rashmi Sirdeshpande as she has signed with the lovely Lydia Silver, a literary agent at the Darley Anderson Book Agency. We can't wait to see what comes next for this rising star!


New Members 

We love welcoming new members into SCBWI and watching them grow and succeed in chasing their goals. If you're a new member, let us know so we can welcome you too. SCBWI has so much to offer its members - celebrating their successes is just part of the fun! And if you're too shy, or not quite ready yet to give us a wave, remember we are always here to support you through your adventures!

We have had so many fantastic book launches for this month and so many amazing parties to celebrate, feel free to send us your party news and celebration photos so we can congratulate you too!

*All images courtesy of authors mentioned above. 

Have you got good new to share? New book? New agent? Award nominee or winner? Are you a new member? Say hi and let us know. Why not send an email over with your good news, a picture and any links so we can celebrate too :)



  1. Last month of summer but your post still brings joy! Good job. I love the list and the list of your recommended read. I like what you do and how you do it, thank you!

  2. Thanks for the pre publication plug! Teri Terry should have flagged up her latest too!

    1. oh no! nobody told me I'm sorry :( I'll note it down and try to mention it in next months x


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