CELEBRATIONS September 2021


Summer may be drawing to a close but we are still holding on to those summer dreams as we
join B B Taylor and congratulate our September Celebrations.

New Releases 

What a Wonderful World written by Leisa Stewart Sharpe, lusciously illustrated by Lydia Hill and published by Templar has hit our shelves with perfect timing! What A Wonderful World whisks budding conservationists (8+) off on a tour of our planet – from steamy jungles and towering mountaintops to great polar wildernesses. Along the way they learn about what’s happening to our planet and meet 35 Earth Shakers who are standing up for nature. Best of all, the book is jam-packed with practical tips that young people can put into action today. It's the culmination of three years' work and over 30 hours of interviews with scientists, conservationists and activists!

Don't Get Your Tutu in a Twist! written by Jenny Moore came out at the end of August with Maverick books and and is illustrated by Barbara Bakos: Miss Gorilla is holding a dance show, but the rehearsals are not going well! Can they pull it all together in time for the big night?
Join the tip-tapping, toe-tangled all-animal cast with fun rhymes and a generous pinch of dancing chaos.

Raccoon and the Hot Air Balloon written by Jill Atkins with wonderful illustrations by Kristen Humphrey was published by Maverick in June. Raccoon is about to set off in search of adventure when she notices a baby eagle that has fallen out of its nest. She rescues the chick and is thanked by its mother then she dreams of flying like an eagle. When she is woken by a roaring sound, she sees a hot air balloon landing in the next field. This is her chance! Wasting no time, she leaps into the empty basket, nibbles though the rope and up she goes. But how will she get down?

Bruna De Luca is up next with her hilarious debut picture book I'm Not Cute, I'm Dangerous (WHAT A TITLE), illustrated by Benedetta Capriotti! and published by Maverick books

Coming Soon ...

Middle grade seaside mystery, Gracie Fairshaw and the Trouble at the Tower by Susan Brownrigg will be published on October 7th. This is the sequel to Susan's debut Gracie Fairshaw and the Mysterious Guest (July 2020). Can Gracie work out who is trying to sabotage the Blackpool Tower Children's Ballet Christmas show? Published by Uclan Publishing. Cover by Jenny Czerwonka.

The delightful duo Honor & Perdita Cargill are back, this time with Little Tiger Press and their fantastic new book The Diary of The Accidental Witch illustrated by Kate Saunders. 


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


 Shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Books Awards in the Picture Book category is ‘Never Teach a Stegosaurus to do Sums’, written by Rashmi Sirdeshpande, and illustrated by Diane Ewan, published by Puffin.

Yet another shortlist for the Sainsbury's book awards is the Littlest Yak written by Lu Frazer published by Simon and Schuster and illustrated by Kate Hindley.

A M Dassu
on winning the Little Rebels Award 2021 with Boy Everywhere, published by Old Barn books.

Rashmi Sirdeshpande is on a roll with nominations this month as she is also shortlisted for the #NSTBA21 short list, How to Change the World illustrated by Annabel Tempest and published by Puffin Books.

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

Good News 

Have you got good news? No matter how big or 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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