B B Taylor swings open the celebration doors and invites us into June's celebrations, as we follow our members on their epic adventures and congratulate them on all their exciting news. 

New Releases 

Can you smell something? If you can be careful it's not a MONSTER! Justin Davies has been on his own adventure unleashing monsters as his debut book Help, I Smell a Monster! is released by publisher Hachette Kids, illustrated by Kim Geyer.

This ROARSOME new release is guaranteed to brighten your day. The Dinosaur Who Lost Her Voice is due for release by EGMONT on June 27th 2019. Written by debut SCBWI author Julie Ballard, with illustrations by the talented Francesca Gambatesa, the rhyming tale tells the story of Brontosaurus Milly Jo who loses her beautiful singing voice when her neck is struck by a falling tree during a storm. The story tells how she learns to shine again, in a different way, with the help of her friends. Brimful of singing dinos, it’s an uplifting tale about focssing not on what you can’t do in life, but on all the things you CAN!

When little spider Milton discovers he’s been branded deadly on social media – and is targeted by pest-killers BugKILL – he fears for his life and the future of his species. The first book in this fresh, funny new series for children, Milton the Mighty has been written by Emma Read and illustrated by Alex G. Griffiths. Published by Chicken House, Milton will be creeping into homes this month. 

Howling into this month's Celebrations is Helen Moss as the the first two books in her new series, Time Dogs, are published in the US on June 4th by Henry Holt and Co (Macmillan). These pawtastic new books are beautifully illustrated throughout by Misa Saburi.

When a pack of senior dogs find themselves transported back in time — and turned into puppies! — they must make their way back home, helping real-life historical dogs along the way.

Publisher Pan Macmillan treats us to their latest release from our very own Morag Hood - creator of the Steves. Brenda is a Sheep is a massively mischievous and heart-warming story about being accepted.

Coming Soon

Louisa Reid is excited to announce her latest novel is coming out in August 2019. It's called Gloves Off and is a novel in verse and is the first book new publisher Guppy Books are releasing.

Julie Fulton is jumping for joy this June as she signs a new deal with Maverick Arts Publishing.The book isn't due out until Autumn 2020, but we are sure the time will fly by as ever... The joys of being a writer. We can't wait to hear more!

Marisa Noelle is storming through 2019 with not one, but two new exciting new Young Adult book announcements for 2019. The Shadow Keepers published by Magnolia Press will be released on July 30th 2019 and The Unadjusteds published by Write Plan will be out on November 1st 2019.



Several of our talented Scoobies have been scooping awards this month here are just a few of the mentions and awards they've received. 

The coveted Mslexia competition is a yearly event in many people's diaries to enter and this year SCBWI have been scooping the lists in style. Both Camilla Chester and Emma Finlayson-Palmer were mentioned in the celebrations but the overall winner is our very own Judith Warr-Arnold with her prehistoric piece My Own Fire, My Own Spear.

Awards are always awesome, but even more so when they are voted for by readers themselves. Grandma Dangerous and the Dog of Destiny written by Kita Mitchell and illustrated by Nathan Reed has been announced the winner of the ‘Cumbrian Primary Schools Book Award’. Voted for by the children themselves, so very special indeed.

We are absolutely delighted to share that Dragon Daughter written by Liz Flanagan and published by David Fickling Books won the 9-11 category of the Leeds Book Awards 2019. Here is a picture of Liz with her beautiful award!

Excitement is in the air as two of our members Lucy Van Smit and Tracey Mathias are long listed for The Great Reads Awards. We have our finger crossed for them!  

The WriteMentor Children's Novel Award features several SCBWI members including Dale Hannah who was successful enough to hut the top six and Alexandra Page who took the top prize winning with her submission Wishyouwas 



Rachel J Carter is fill with sparks on excitement that any dragon would be envious this month as she announces that she has been signed by Erzsi Deak of Hen & Ink Literary Studios and she's very, very excited about it! She will be representing her middle grade dragon adventures, so keep your eyes to the skies for signs of dragons!

Have you got a new agent? Don't be shy, let us know so we can celebrate with you too!


Good News

We are pleased to announce Blackwell's Edinburgh will be hosting the launch of Sylvia Hehir's Sea Change, on Wednesday 3rd July 6.30pm. It is an edgy YA thriller that isn't afraid of tackling tough issues, we can't wait to see all the pictures from this exciting launch. 


*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 over with your good news, a picture and any links so we can celebrate too :)


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the mention! Getting very excited about the launch of Sea Change now.


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