A new decade filled with adventure and excitement is upon us! Join B B Taylor as she takes us into the future, with an impressive array of talent and hot news, to bring you this month's SCBWI celebrations and new releases. May this new decade bring you awesome things! 

We enter 2020 truly showing the power of books and the infinite parts of our lives books can help with, whether it's books to escape into or books to help guide and support us, our SCBWI members have been working hard to bring us books that will each change the world in their own unique way.

New Releases 

Justin Davies is howling with delight and the full moon isn't even out yet! His spectacular second book "Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf" is clawing itself your way, so go on! Scare yourself very silly and enjoy the fabulous illustrations from Kim Geyer with the latest release from Hachette Books.

Peter Bunzl is back on our shelves again with the talented illustrations of Becca Stadtlander helping us welcome in the decade under the watery depths with the next instalment in his sensational steampunk series from Usborne, ShadowseaSwept into the bright hustle and bustle of New York, Lily, Robert and Malkin discover shadowy secrets lie beneath its surface. For there are chilling goings-on in their hotel...

Adventure ahoy as we check out Black Water, a thrilling smuggling tale told from the point of view of a 12 year old Excise apprentice and based on real events, featuring the poet Robert Burns in a cameo. Written by Barbara Henderson, illustrated by Sandra McGowan and published by Cranachan, It's a wee novella packed full of excitement that you won't want to put down!

Travel the world from the comfort of your chair as Maisie Chan takes us travelling with her newest book Stories from Around the World published by Scholastic. Packed with adventure, it takes us on a journey through a collection of 18 different fairytales, myths and legends from around the globe, including some well known tales such as Puss in Boots and some lesser known tales such as The Girl They Called Pigling from Korea.

Coming Soon 

Egmont Publishing has struck a deal with Rachel Ip for a sensitive picture book which offers a gentle introduction to memory loss and dementia. The Forgettery will be illustrated by Laura Hughes and published in August 2020.

Could you and your friends change the world? This book will inspire you with 15 true stories of groups of amazing humans who've changed the world. Discover the astonishing things humans can achieve, as author Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Annabel Tempest team up with Puffin for this second great collaboration, How to Change the the World 


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

Good News 

Anna Mainwaring has reason to start the decade with a grin just before Christmas she signed not one, not two, not three but FOUR contracts for Tulip Taylor published by Firefly Press to be translated. Tulip is now going to France, Sweden, Norway and home of the Moomins- Norway!

*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 at celebrations@britishscbwi.org, a picture and any links so we can celebrate too :) 

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