Time passing is the one thing that never changes, so grab some time for yourself and join
B B Taylor as she sets her clock to celebrate all our uplifting and much needed SCBWI good news this May.

New Releases 

Everyone is looking for something to do during lockdown, so why not help find a spy? Find The Spy, written by Zoe Armstrong and illustrated by Shelly Laslo, was recently published by Puffin Books. We're celebrating all the awesome junior secret agents who are using this time to sharpen up their spy skills! We salute you.

Psst! Uncover the true stories of eight real-life spies: One who crawled across the rooftops of Paris, one who hid secrets in her wooden leg, and there’s even a grandma-next-door who wasn’t quite what she seemed…  With top-secret spy skills to learn too!

Bug Belly, the ever-hungry but ingenious frog, must rescue hundreds 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 is written and illustrated by Paul Morton and published by Five Quills.

Get on first-name terms with the one of the world’s most fascinating people! Ferdinand Magellan is known as the first explorer to travel round the whole world... but was he? From the editorial team behind Horrible Histories comes this fun-filled, fact-packed, fully-illustrated biography written by Candy Gourlay illustrated by Tom Knight and published by David Fickling Books.

A bumbling triceratops must prove himself worthy in Mo O’Hara’s second hilarious picture book offering a prehistoric spin on the legend of King Arthur. Illustrated by Andrew Joyner and published by Harper Collins, The Legend of King Arthuratops is the Jurassic classic that shows us King Arthur like you've never seen him before! 

Coming Soon 

Sophie Wills is jumping for joy this May as her debut for 8-12-year-olds, The Orphans of St Halibut's, has just been announced by MacMillian Children's Books and will be published in October 2020. It's a funny, quirky adventure about friendship and the power of the underdog, illustrated throughout by David Tazzyman. Best described as Don't Tell Ofsted the Matron's Dead!

Keep your eyes peeled here for all the upcoming books and newest signed deals, we'll make sure you don't miss out!


New agent alert!!! Kael Tudor has been signed by Emily Talbot at United Agents, and we are super thrilled for the pair. We can't wait to see what's in store!

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

Good News

Great news this month as the announcement has been made that our very own Maisie Chan is the new the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship Writer In Residence at Peter Pan Moat Brae in Dumfries. She will be working on stories inspired by their Neverland Discovery Garden and will be working remotely until lockdown ends. During the year Maisie is hoping to find a picture book mentor and to work on stories that are not what she would normally write. She wants try to write more magical realism and fantasy type stories during this residency.

Morna Sullivan is stomping into this month with a steady pace as she celebrates having one of her stories published online with Smarty Pants Magazine for Kids. Her Story time Sunday What's tickling Toby can be found here: 


Share your good news with us and brighten our day!

*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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