CELEBRATIONS February 2021


Love is in the air.  With the turn of a page and the smell of fresh ink and paper we venture into a month or words, pictures and creativity. Join B B Taylor as she welcomes in the month of February with our latest Celebrations.

New Releases 

Swim Shark Swim! All around the world with Shark as he explores ocean forests and coastal reefs, meeting Hammerheads and Great Whites, stingrays and dolphins in a search for the place he calls home. This is the second book in the Wild Wanderers series from Graffeg written by Dom Conlon and illustrated by Anastasia Izlesou.


Cat Sparrow is on the road. She's following her sister, Meg, who was torn from their convent home and sent to London. But Cat isn't like other people - she thinks differently - and for a girl like her the world holds many perils. Ally Sherrick's newest book, The Queen's Fool is hitting shelves this month with Chicken House Books. 


Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures. When she steals a house-shaped ornament from a mysterious woman’s purse, she knocks on its tiny door and watches it grow into a huge, higgledy-piggeldy house. Author Amy Sparkes and illustrator Ben Mantle bring some magic to our pages with The House at The Edge of Magic published by Walker Books. 

Coming Soon 

Annaliese Avery will be launching onto shelves in less than three months time with her debut book The NightSilver Promise published by Scholastic. In a re-imagined world, the Empire of Albion is ruled by science. Everyone's destiny is pre-determined by a track of stars on their wrist, and 13-year-old Paisley Fitzwilliam discovers that her fate is to die before her fourteenth year. But when her mother goes missing and is presumed dead; there is nobody left to protect her Dragon-Touched brother Dax.

If a Stegosaurus knew how to do sums - well, what would happen? Maybe she'd learn to code, to invent, to fly to the moon! The latest book from author Rashmi Sirdeshpande and illustrator Diane Ewan is published by Puffin this May. 

Eleven-year-old Danny Chung loves drawing more than anything - certainly more than maths, which, according to his dad and everyone else, is what he is 'supposed' to be good at. Maisie Chan's latest offering Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths is out this June illustrated by Anh Cao and published by Piccadilly Press.

From Em Lynas and Matt Hunt comes this hilarious, read-aloud picture book from Nosy Crow Books in 2021 The Cat and the Rat and the Hat. Bursting with comic capers and animal antics. With a hilarious, tongue-twister text, slapstick humour, bright neon artwork and colourful, comic characters.

Keep tuning in here for all the upcoming news of book deals, new releases and exciting new opportunities!


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


Kathryn Evans has had her latest Young Adult Sci Fi novel long listed for the Amazing Book Awards 2021. Voting for the next round starts February 15th, could love be in the air for Beauty Sleep, published by Usbourne? 

Hazel Knox has won the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Awards given each year to the select few who have shown the most promise in their writing. Hazel was selected for her writing for children. Her passion is creating funny books, and she shamelessly harvests material from her offspring. She was recently interviewed by fellow SCBWI member Barbara Henderson in this fab article in What's On North 

Have you won, or been nominated for an award? Don't be shy, we want to celebrate with you!

Good News 

Nadine Kaadan was chosen in November 2020 to be one of the BBC 100 most inspiring and influential women for her work in children's books and was featured in their BBC 100 Women Mastercard under the title 'How to make bedtime stories more diverse and less sexist.' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-55042935

After many years of writing Emma Finlayson-Palmer is absolutely thrilled to announce that her book for five-eight year olds has been taken on by the fabulous UCLan publishing and will be released in the summer of 2022.

Have you got good news? No matter how big our small let us share your joy! 

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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