Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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  • Madelyn Rosenberg, author Wendy Wan-Long Shang, author Scholastic Press, July 2020 Lauren and her best friend, Tara, have always done absolutely everything together. So when they don't have any classes together in sixth grade, it's disastrous. The solution? Trying out for the school play. Lauren, who loves to sing, wonders if maybe, just maybe, she will be the star instead of Tara this time. But when the show is cast, Lauren lands in the ensemble, while Tara scores the lead role. Their teacher explains: Lauren just doesn't look the part of the all-American girl. What audience would believe that she, half-Jewish, half-Chinese Lauren, was the everygirl star from Pleasant Valley, USA? From amidst the ensemble, Lauren tries to support her best friend. But when she can't bring herself to sing anymore, her spot in the play and her friendship are in jeopardy. With the help of a button-making business, the music of Patsy Cline, and her two bickering grandmothers, can Lauren find her voice again? “A nearly pitch-perfect middle school exploration of race and friendship.” Kirkus Fun-facts interview on YAYOMG HERE. A book-inspired playlist on OOM, a Scholastic blog, HERE. Book trailer HERE. Purchase your copy HERE.   Hannah Barnaby, author Anoosha Syed, illustrator Holt Books for Young Readers, July 2020 When Monster (who lives under the bed) meets Boy (who sleeps in the bed), Boy starts to scream—and Monster promptly swallows him. It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship! Told with a warm, cozy voice, the story is brought to life with adorable two-color illustrations. Filled with adventure and humor, this chapter book is perfect for sharing with kids just aging out of picture books and for newly independent readers. “No need to be afraid of monsters after reading this sweet and unusual friendship story.

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Welcome! We hope to see you at one of our events: regional get-togethers, illustrators’ sketchcrawl, fall conference, PAL programs, and craft-focused workshops. (Details under the “Events” tab)


Mark your calendars for our first ever

VIRTUAL fall conference!

Annual Fall Conference:  

Children's Publishing in 2020


October 23 - 24, 2020 


Keynote address

by Meg Medina