Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Current Scratch: Join Us!, Local SCBWI Events, Local Author Events, PB Blogs, PB Best Sellers, PB Awards, PB Agents, PB Digital Markets

Howdy, folks!  Fall is on! We have tons of stuff to cover on the blog. Pull out your calendars and pens. Lots of upcoming events. Also here is the PB love.  As promised a mega-load of picture book resources is below. Set aside a day for research.  Enjoy!

Remember, if you have an event, we want to know about it. Let us know about your news! We like to shout it out.  Please email us. Thanks!


For our next Schmooze: Wednesday, September 25, 2013  and our topic is: “What is Middle Grade Today". We meet at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble, 711 Texas Ave.

Gentle critique begins at 9:30 a.m. Bring 5 copies of 5 double-spaced pages to share. Feel free to join us for lunch afterwards.


Sept. 26--Children's Literature Book Club, 4:30 p.m. at Arts Center, College Station, TX. Read The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech, plus any picture book illustrated by David Diaz.

Nov. 15-17--Piney Woods Retreat, Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, Palestine, TX.

Dec. 3--Holiday Celebration, 7 pm. Location TBA


Okay, it's time to pull out your calendars because we have stuff to do this fall! We are one on fire region!

Sept. 13--Texas Word Wrangler Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Giddings, TX
(Candy Fite and Connie Grudzinski will be appearing.

 Sept. 15--Kathi Appelt’s Book Release Party & Signing for The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, 3:30-5:30 p.m., College Station, TX

Sept. 21--Kelly Bennett’s Launch Party for Vampire Baby, 11 a.m. at Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

Sept. 29--Fantasy author Cinda Williams Chima reading and signing, 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, College Station, TX

Oct. 26-27--Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX

Nov. 9--Sherry Garland’s book signing for Voices of Pearl Harbor, Barnes & Noble, College Station, TX (time to be set around the football game)

Dec. 7--Sherry Garland and illustrator Layne Johnson will sign Voices of Pearl Harbor at the National Museum of the Pacific War (Admiral Nimitz Museum), Fredericksburg, TX.


 http://theartofchildrenspicturebooks.blogspot.com/ - A blog that focuses on the art and artists of vintage children's books, largely from the 1950's through 1980's.

http://designofthepicturebook.com/ - Carter Higgins's blog, a writer (mostly picture books and middle grade novels) and graphic designer (mostly motion). She's also the Children's Book Editor at Design Mom.

http://paulayoo.com/napi/ - NATIONAL PICTURE BOOK WRITING WEEK (AKA “NaPiBoWriWee”) will take place May 1-7, 2014.

http://wwwpamcalvert.blogspot.com/p/picture-book-university.html -- This is a free self-paced to help you improve your creation of picture books. 

http://picturebookillustration.blogspot.com/ -- this blog celebrate the art of picture books worldwide is a feast for the imagination. Brought to you by Shelley Davies & Julie Fortenberry.

http://www.picturebookparty.co.uk/ -- Discover the best new Walker picture books and go behind the scenes with the authors and illustrators.

http://planetesme.blogspot.com/ Esme Raji Codell – The Wonderful World of PlanetEsme!. A self proclaimed professional readiologist™ who thinks children's trade literature and read-aloud is our best hope for equalizing education in America. 

http://susannahill.blogspot.com/p/perfect-picture-books.html -- Author Susanna Hill sorts through the best of the best picture books.


New York Times Children's Picture Book Best Sellers.
Children's Illustrated Best Seller list from Indie Bound.



http://wwwpamcalvert.blogspot.com/p/picture-book-agents.html -- offers a list of literary agents that are currently accepting picture books.

From Chuck Sambucino's Guide to Literary Agents.New Literary Agent Alert:

Kathleen Zakhar of Harold Ober Associates
Fiona Kenshole of Transatlantic Agency
Danielle Smith of Foreword Literary


The universe of PBs is expanding. The following links will help you on your journey of exploration.


 The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.

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