CELEBRATIONS, February 2020

Love is in the air as we float into February on cupids arrow. Join B B Taylor as she shares the good vibes bringing you this month's SCBWI celebrations and new releases. May cupid send some luck your way as the month unfolds. 

New Releases 

Tom has a very important job: every day he climbs to the top of the hill and watches for pirate ships. When he rings his bell and shouts "PIRATES!" a few too many times -- even though there's no pirate ship -- the villagers start to get tired of hiding. But what will happen when the pirates really do show up? Pirates are Coming is the latest offering from author John Condon and illustrator Matt Hunt published by Nosy Crow. 

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Mabel. A girl who didn't like books. She used them for all sorts of things, from juggling to sledging, but she NEVER looked at the stories inside. Until the books decided they had had ENOUGH! Follow Mabel and find out what happens next! I Don't like books. Never, Ever. The End is the fantastic new book from author Emma Perry and illustrator Sharon Daveya refreshing and fun picture book published by David Fickling Books 

Coming Soon 

Puffin has signed Blue Planet II by Leisa Stewart-Sharpe, the first in a brand-new series of four major non-fiction books in collaboration with BBC Earth.
Editorial director Anna Barnes Robinson acquired world rights from Louise Lamont at the LBA Agency, on behalf of BBC Earth, to create an illustrated books series inspired by BBC Planet programmes. We can't wait! 

Paul Morton is hopping with excitement as his book, featured on the SCBWI conference Hook programme is announced for release. Bug Belly, the ever-hungry but ingenious frog, must rescue 100s of tiny taddies from a pond that is quickly draining. But why is it emptying? Only he and and his hungry tum know why! To save them all he's going to need his cleverest plan ever, and especially if he's to avoid Old Snapper, the ferocious pike, heron AND Sneaky Snake?! Bug Belly Babysitting Trouble will be published by Five Quills March 2020.


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

Claire Watts has signed with Ben Illis of the Ben Illis Agency and it's all thanks to the Words & Pictures Slush Pile Challenge. (No better way to get an agent to pay attention to you! - Ed)

Good News 

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*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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