CELEBRATIONS November 2018

We eagerly race into November with an explosion of colourful inspiration. Wrapped in a snuggly blanket with a nice cup of something warm, BB Taylor begins the spectacular month of November by rounding up all our exciting SCBWI celebration news. 

New Releases

Deborah Fajerman is excited to be hitting our shelves this November with her newest book How to be a Super Cow published by Barron's Educational Series


Coming Soon

Clare Helen Welsh is one to watch for 2019 as she storms into November with several new book announcements with Maverick Books including The Underwear Wolf and King Pong as part of Maverick's chapter book collection.

Rachel Burge is very excited as the release for her book the Twisted Tree by Hot Key creeps ever closer. Already available on Kindle, the paperback hits our shelves this January - a great way to start the new year! 

Oxford University Press (OUP) Children’s has acquired The Last Spell Breather, a middle-grade fantasy, by debut author Julie Pike which will be hitting our shelves July 2019 



Image credit: Alex Edwards

Rather bigger scale partying for our very own John Shelley as we announce that he has been nominated as a UK candidate for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for the second year running. The list of 246 nominees across the world was announced a few days ago at the Frankfurt Book Fair, all will be decided next March during the Bologna Bookfair. We've got our paintbrushes crossed for him!


November has been a huge month for awards and nominations and our SCWBI members have been rocking the world with both their nominations and awards! 

First up the Blue Peter Book Awards ...

The longlist was filled with an array of talent including our very own 
- Rikin Parekh for his awesome illustrations in Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple    Cheese Pizza
- Andy Shepherd for her fantastic The Boy who grew Dragons 

And the Shortlist didn't escape our members too, with Sophie Anderson and her The House with Chicken Legs getting to the top three. We wish her all the best of luck for the final! 


Next up, the prestigious Kate Greenway and Carnegie nominations! Also packed with our very talented SCBWI members. Check out this phenomenal list! 

GREENAWAY - for illustrators

Nimesh the Adventurer illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini written by Ranjit Singh

Is it a Mermaid illustrated by Francesca Chessa written by Candy Gourlay 
Witchfairy illustrated by Brigitte Minne translated by Laura Watkinson
If All the World Were ... illustrated by Allison Colpoys written by Joseph Coelho
Beyond the Fence by 
Maria Gulemetova
Zeki Gets a Check Up illustrated by Ruth Hearson written by Anna McQuinn
I Am Bat by Morag Hood
The Steves by Morag Hood
Mary's Monster by Lita Judge
La La La illustrated by Jaime Kim written by Kate Dicamillo
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love 
Luna Loves Library Day illustrated by Fiona 
Lumbers written by Joseph Coelho
The New Neighbours by Sarah McIntyre
Along Came a Different by Tom McLaughlin 
You're Safe With Me  by Poonam Mistry written by Chitra Soundar
I Got It by David Wiesner 

CARNEGIE - for writers

The Wonderling by Mira BartΓ³k
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson 
Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay
The Goose Road by Rowena House
Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen 
Black Snow Falling by Liz MacWhirter
Flying Tips for Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain
The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton
Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella 
Firebird by Elizabeth Wein

Congratulations to all nominated and good luck! 

Have you won an award? Been nominated, shortlisted or had an honourable mention? Show us your trophies and let them shine! Don't be shy you are amazing!



Image credit: Alex Edwards

Caroline Deacon has plenty to be dancing about this November as she has just signed with Lindsey Fraser at Fraser Ross Associates in Edinburgh. We can't wait to see what adventures she has next!.


We are so thrilled for Polly Owen this month as she announces she is now signed with the wonderful Emily Talbot at United Agents who will be representing all Polly's picture books.


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 - celebrating 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 welcome to our newest member! Sana Rasoul. A teacher of Politics and History Sana is working on a Middle Grade manuscript at the moment and looking forward to connecting with other SCWBI members!


Good News

The very talented John Shelley is having an awesome November. He was selected as one of the finalists in the House of Illustration 1-inch square 'drawing-a-day challenge’, which ran through September on social media. Inspired by an idea from John Vernon Lord, whose current exhibition at the HOI shows a year long project of daily 1-inch drawings, illustrators were asked to create a 1-inch square drawing every day of the month. John told us that being selected in the top three from over 420 entries was very gratifying.


We have so many fantastic book launches and so much 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 news 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 to celebrations@britishscbwi.org with your good news, a picture and links so we can celebrate too :)

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