Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Current Scratch: Join Us!, Events, Awards, Shout Out

Hi folks, We have had a few rainy days that make me curl up and write.  I hope that you have had time to expand your creative endeavors. If you are doing NANO, kudos! Achieve those goals!

JOIN US! Our Holiday Party. December 8, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Carino's in College Station, 620 Harvey Rd, College Station, TX 77840. Bring books and blankets for Books and A Blanket!  Bring a wrapped book (children's related) for an exchange with other members.   This is our last gathering this year!


SCBWI 17th Annual Winter Conference, Keynote Speakers: William Joyce, Rita Williams-Garcia, Rainbow Rowell, Kate Messner, Linda Urban, Gary Schmidt...Good times ahead.

Webinar. Texas Webinar: Going There: Romance & Sex Writing in YA Literature with Carrie Mesrobian.  01/19/2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.


The short list for the National Book Award is out! Check out the Young People's Literature Finalists. You might want to add some or all of these to your reading list!

Member Illustrators! Illustrate this year's prompt and Apply for the Tomie dePaola Award. This is due on December 1st!


Our members are fabulous!  Here is some of the genius we have been up to this year. If you are not listed here - PLEASE SEND US YOUR NEWS!!!

Here are some highlights... 

From Linnea Heaney, a toddler-sized poem, ALL GONE, in the July HIGHLIGHTS HELLO! With happy illustrations by Patrick Girouard. Yay!

Upcoming from Jesse Blank, illustration assignment for Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine!  Sneak peek here. 

Upcoming from Mary Mize, an adorable wordless picture book, LITTLE CHRISTMAS SNAKE. Ilus. Darcy Peters. Available for purchase by Dec. 1.

First-time author Philip Pearce will be making a debut with RUSTI.  Available for purchase by Dec. 1.(Cover coming Soon.  

Upcoming 2nd Edition from Romy Natalia Goldberg, PARAGUAY. (Other Places Publishing)

Upcoming from Sherry Garland, Spring 2016,.Voices of the Western Frontier, illus. Julie Dupre Buckner (Pelican Publishing Co.)

From Kathi Appelt, 2015, COUNTING CROWS, illus. Rob Dunlavey. (Atheneum)

Upcoming from Kathi Appelt, Spring 2016, WHEN OTIS COURTED MAMA, illus. Jill McElmurray. (HMH, Book for Young Readers) 

From Molly Blaisdell, 2015,  homegrown efforts from Caney Creek Books. YA novel, PLUMB CRAZY by Cece Barlow (aka Molly Blaisdell) and CHICKENS DO NOT TAKE OVER HALLOWEEN by Molly Blaisdell. Also THE BIG FUZZY COAT became a HMH ebook, when the MeeGenius! App. was merged with HMH.

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