• Hey, Gang! We've hit 500 likes on Facebook!!! Access this link and let's go for 500 more!!!!!! Hurrah for all of us!!!!!!  
  • To Market, To Market: An interactive, at-a-glance resource of book selling events, SCBWI member book launches and signings, and writer/illustrator contests and awards.   These databases are an easily accessed resource-sharing tool for our members that can be added to, viewed, and downloaded and sorted. SCBWI-MI hopes members will find this information useful in their search for local book festivals, fairs and conferences, as well as member signings and launches, and various awards and contests available to writers and illustrators.   All the information on the spreadsheets is supplied by members. Share relevant information by entering the information in the correct column on the spreadsheet.    SCBWI-MI members have access to the following databases: SCBWI Book Signings and Launches Michigan Book Festivals, Fairs and Conferences Awards and Contests   For questions or help contact Dawne Webber at dawne.webber@gmail.com ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  Here's the link to the Awards and Contests sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tNzBE7-EZsZdC5bwr4JLIzWdSCvMljSGuhCb8EOzRGU/edit?usp=sharing   SCBWI Book Signing and Launches sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xDBsR1sGIzEd-Y2Vh1zClRS9O6V1Ni560A5OBsqk5to/edit?usp=sharing   Michigan Book Festivals, Fairs and Conferences sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iZv_WttXUQtEmk-yLRUsUGbGbOnmsbNkeR8S_d2LXtk/edit?usp=sharing
  • We asked our members for the names of booksellers who've supported them in their careers and we were overwhelmed by the response. We're so fortunate to live in a state that has many wonderful booksellers. Thank you for all the support you've given to our organization and members. Even though we work with words, words can't adequately convey our appreciation! We’d love to partner with you this holiday season. SCBWI Michigan is sponsoring a statewide holiday book-signing fair in bookstores. A Merry Mitten Holiday teams Michigan children's authors and illustrators with Michigan bookstores because books are not only great gifts for children, but books signed by authors and illustrators are awesome gifts! • Each bookseller will determine a date and time that's convenient for them. • SCBWI will advertise the event along with the various locations, dates, times, and authors on social media and our weekly SCBWI blog, a special webpage on our www.michigan.scbwi.org website, and we’ll contact Michigan news organizations with information/press releases. • We'll provide poster and flyer templates for marketing. Please join us! Contact Dawne Webber with your CHOSEN DATE and the SIGNING TIMES no later than September 23rd. Call 248-689-5710 or email dawne.webber@gmail.com for more information. Thanks again for all your support! Dawne Webber (On behalf of SCBWI-MI) Artwork by Heidi Woodward Sheffield • www.heidibooks.com
  • The Mitten is the official blog for the Michigan chapter of SCBWI. Please spread the word and share with anyone interested in reading, writing, and creating quality literature for children and young adults.  http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/ SCBWI-MI members are encouraged to submit blog posts.  What are we looking for? Success stories tips on any aspect of the publishing process - writing, illustrating, promotion, time management, etc. agent/editor interviews photos, personal impressions, and brief overviews of events, such as conferences, meet-ups, book signings, book clubs, festivals, etc. reviews of books on craft We’re also looking for contributions for our ongoing features: Ask Frida Pennabook: Sometimes it's helpful to tap into the expertise of a fellow writer or artist. Got a question? Need advice? Just ask Frida. Hugs and Hurrahs: We want to trumpet your good news! Send 1-3 sentences about your accomplishment. We love to include photos and art, too. Do you have an idea for a blog post or a new feature?  We’d love to hear it! Submission guidelines: Please query Kristin Lenz at kristinbartleylenz@gmail.com. Include a 1-3 sentence bio and any links, art, book covers, or photos to accompany your blog post. (All images must be your personal property or fair use/public domain.)  
  • The winner of the 2016-2017 Picture Book Text Mentorship competition is Jennifer Burd for her entry When You Sit in One Place.  Jennifer won a one-year mentorship with picture book author Deborah Diesen. The two runners-up are Sue Agauas for her entry, How to Wash Your Elephant, and Jayne Economos for her entry, Nan’s Magic Carpet.
  • The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Celebrate all year long with poems for 156 holidays, in English and in Spanish. Michigan author Buffy Silverman contributed poems about Passover and National Farmers' Market Week to this anthology.   www.buffysilverman.com         Trail of Secrets by Laura Wolfe The Foxwoode Riding Academy brochure hadn’t mentioned anything about the girl who vanished four years earlier. While the other girls laugh over the story of the dead girl who haunts Foxwoode, Brynlei senses that the girl—or her ghost—lurks in the shadows. Someone soon discovers Brynlei’s search for answers and will go to any length to stop her. As Brynlei begins to unravel the truth, she is faced with an impossible choice. Will she protect a valuable secret? Or save a life? www.AuthorLauraWolfe.com     Uh-Oh! by Shutta Crum   From the team behind the critically acclaimed picture book Mine!  (Shutta Crum & Patrice Barton) comes a book celebrating the wonders of a day at the beach and that other favorite word of any young child, "Uh-Oh!" Perfect for toddlers, this is a tale of two friends and the events that lead up to one really big "Uh-Oh!"   www.shutta.com   The Passover Surprise by Janet Ruth Heller Lisa and her little brother Jon enjoy collecting stamps. But when their father holds a contest to decide who will get a new stamp album, Lisa has to solve a difficult problem. This middle-grade fiction chapter book takes place around 1960 and includes details about Jewish soldiers’ experiences during World War II and early stages of the Civil Rights Movement. The Passover Surprise (Fictive Press, 2015) by Janet Ruth Heller (http://www.janetruthheller.com/) also portrays a Jewish family celebrating Sabbath and Passover. A Discussion Guide enables families and classes to discuss related issues: sibling rivalry, bullying, favoritism, discrimination, and Jewish traditions. http://www.janetruthheller.com   Cheer for Chlorine! Discovering Chlorine's Many Uses, illustrated by Mallette Pagano Summertime has arrived and Jay is ready to hit the pool. He dives in but is surprised by how much his eyes hurt. Jay asks Kayla, his big sister, about the stinging and learns all the ways that chlorine makes a difference in the world. The everyday language and fun activities in Cheer for Chlorine! help kids understand this important element and encourage kids to be excited about chemistry. http://mallettedesign.com     Dragon Fire by Gilbert B. Cross The Elvin King, Ereborn, is dying from a poisoned spear thrust.  His only chance of recovery is a magical cauldron, which cures all wounds but has not been seen in many years. The wizard, Zugjans, has found an ancient prophecy stating only a mortal youth can guide them to the cauldron. He sends for Bryan, son of Sîon.  Zugjans believes the cauldron lies in the hoard of the fearful dragon, Huzdraka.  Bryan must recover it.  A group of elves has also been recruited by the wizard but, although they have special skills, it cannot be said that they are the most friendly of comrades. www.Gilbertcross.com   Chocolate Milk, Por Favor by Maria Dismondy Johnny is a big fan of school but that all changes when the new kid, Gabe arrives. Gabe doesn’t speak any English, and that doesn’t stop Johnny from going out of his way to be unkind. What will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Will he join in the fun of making a new friend or turn the other way? Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story where empathy and inclusion teach us that actions speak louder than words. Read to find out how chocolate milk plays a major role in the discovery of the real universal language. www.mariadismondy.com   Nain Rouge: The Red Legend by Josef Bastian The times are hard and getting harder by the minute. An urban legend tells of the Nain Rouge, who appears as a harbinger of doom. The sightings are growing more frequent every day. What will two unsuspecting teenagers do when they come face to face with source of all this trouble? What will Elly and Tom do when they meet the mysterious and dangerous Nain Rouge? Is it too late to save the city and themselves? www.folktellerstories.com   The Grumpy Bull by Adrienne Noel The Grumpy Bull follows a bull as he makes fun of every animal that is different from him. In the end, he learns a valuable lesson. This story has a wonderful message for children as well as adults. Everyone is different and special in their own way. You do not have to be the same as everyone else. It is all right to be different. That is what makes you unique! www.adrienne-noel.com       A Wish of One Good Deed by Adrienne Noel   A Wish of One Good Deed is about doing a good deed and asking to pay the deed forward.  It is written in rhyme and colorfully illustrated.  It begins with a squirrel's wish and the story comes full circle.  The squirrel can not believe his wish came true!   www.adrienne-noel.com       The Young GeEK's Guide to Getting Outside by Lori Taylor   Get kids wild and into the dirt with ten-year old HOLLY WILD as she and her pals take young cousins on an alphabet adventure into their WILD BACKYARD! This rhyming read-aloud, perfect for naptime or playtime, is for young Geo-Explorers ages 2—6! Packed with fun body smart prompts, Backyard BINGO Scavenger Hunt and more, this HOLLY WILD picture book will be sure to get lil GeEKs outside and INTO scat, tracks, and DIRT!   www.loritaylorart.com       Westward to Oregon illustrated by Lori Eslick   The main character finds out in a hurry that she had practiced a powerful skill when on the wagon trail her parents found in a medical emergency all hands need to help, regardless of their age. Skills and talents as well as having a tough character built up helped the new settlers Westward to Oregon wagon trains .   www.EslickART.com       How the Cardinal Got His Red Feathers illustrated by Lori Eslick   Being teased for being a plain brown color, a cardinal started to wash the brown off of his body with a red stain. And found that by helping others, he found that there was a helpful solution to change his colors too.   www.EslickART.com         The Girl Who Would Not Listen to Her Elders illustrated by Lori Eslick   The title of this folktale tells something about the main character. She does not listen to her elders, or grown-ups, and that gets her into trouble.   www.EslickART.com         I See Reality, including a story by Patrick Flores-Scott Patrick's story, The Good Brother, is included among a collection of twelve original short stories by top authors exploring real issues for real teens. Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories for young adults ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, I See Reality will resonate with today's teens long after the last page has been turned. patrickfloresscott.com   Faded by Melanie Hooyenga Biz didn’t think life could get worse after the tragic events that surrounded her last flicker, but when she accidentally flickers on her eighteenth birthday after doing shots of vodka—she’s forced to face the consequences of her actions in a way she never imagined. When an anonymous email threatens to reveal her secret, Biz must decide if flickering is all it’s cracked up to be, or if she needs to stop. Forever.  www.melaniehoo.com     Over the Falls in a Suitcase by Kathy Vincenz During a visit to Niagara Falls with their mom for a girl's weekend, Lindsey's indecision and her sisters' constant bickering lead them into mishaps, including hidden dogs, stolen hats, and cute boys. Finally, Lindsey learns to take charge and keep her family together.  squirrelsatthedoor.com       Dino-Swimming by Lisa Wheeler The Land Sharks take on the Algae Eaters in a dino-swimming showdown! Raptor and Stegosaurus start it off in the individual medley, while the Ptero twins battle it out in the butterfly race. Then Galli and Diplo wow the crowd with their flips and tricks off the diving board! But which team will win the swim meet? It comes down to the last event, the backstroke. Both Stego and Galli think they'll take the prize. Let's hope these dinos remembered their goggles this swim meet is bound to make a splash! www.lisawheelerbooks.com   Show Me Happy by Kathryn Madeline Allen Show Me Happy “shows” early learners simple actions and concepts that all children learn as they begin to socialize and communicate. Lively, charming photos by Eric Futran illustrate real kids doing common activities like helping and sharing or pushing and pulling. The brightly-colored picture book is a delightful read-aloud that makes any story time with preschool or early-elementary children expressive and fun. www.kmabooks.com   The Song of Delphine written and illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel A lonely servant girl finds solace in song—and unexpected long-necked friends at her window—in an utterly charming tale of kindness rewarded. www.kennethkraegel.com       Pele by LeAnn Mathis   A mysterious woman appears at the Place of Refuge with no memory of her past. The priest, Lono, wants to help her, but the chief, Hala'api just wants her for himself - especially after he sees her affinity to fire. As priest turns against chief, the Island chills.            Writing and ADHD by Stephanie Neilan   From coming up with ideas to final edits, tips and advice to help any writer finish their projects. Even those with ADHD.             Kindergartners Read! by Stephanie Neilan   Fictional Short Story Collection - Each story uses "sight words" (words a Kindergartner should know by sight by the end of the year) and emphasizes  a specific "word chunk" (letters that are often grouped together). Questions are included with each tale to test comprehension and make connections between their lives and what they read.      Hens for Friends illustrated by Amelia Hansen Can a hen be a boy’s best friend? Aarón thinks so! Hens are sweet and smart, as Aarón explains in this picture
book about his loving relationship with Margaret, a Rhode Island Red hen.
Young readers will find out that chickens can solve problems and recognize people they’ve met, and will also learn about the benefits and obligations of responsible stewardship of backyard hens. www.ameliahansen.com         Halle Weenie by Amiee Entwistle Halle Weenie is a story about a beautiful sweet toothed witch who dreams of having green icky teeth.  She will go as far as to take candy from a sweet little boy named Eliot.  But when Halle realizes the error of her ways, she repays Eliot with a special gift for all the candy she ate and promotes healthy eating for all little ones.   www.halleweenie.com     Backyard Witch : Book #1 : Sadie’s Story illustrated by Deborah Marcero A chapter book for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean and Clementine. The first of a new series, starring three young girls and a mysterious visitor who appears exactly when you need her—with just the right amount of magic. deborahmarcero.com     The Boy Next Door, by Katie Van Ark   Maddy Spier's been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls. How can she make him realize that they can be partners off the ice as well? Katievanark.com   Blood Stitches, by Erin Fanning   Nineteen-year-old Gabby and her best friend Frank travel to the Mayan underworld to destroy a series of magical tapestries, knitted by Gabby’s sister, capable of an apocalyptic disaster.   www.erinfanning.com           Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna (January 2015)   In this mini-adventure board book, Mr. Fish gets ready for bed.  It’s a short and simple story (just twelve pages long, with a few words per page) and is meant for babies and young toddlers.    http://deborahdiesen.com/books/sweetdreams/           Kiss, Kiss, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna (December 2015)   In this mini-adventure board book, Mr. Fish learns that there are plenty of ways to express love. It’s a short and simple story (just twelve pages long, with a few words per page) and is meant for babies and young toddlers.    http://deborahdiesen.com/books/kisskiss/         Hide-and-Seek, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna (January 2015)   In this lift-the-tab board book for toddlers, Mr. Fish plays hide-and-seek with all his friends in the ocean.  The pages have tabbed edges, and each set of pages has multiple flaps to lift.    http://deborahdiesen.com/books/hideandseek/           The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna (September 2015)   In this holiday picture book, Mr. Fish goes in search of perfect gifts for all of his friends.  When his shopping efforts are unsuccessful, Mr. Fish is certain he has let all his friends down.  But, with a little help, Mr. Fish makes presents, and he discovers that the best gifts of all come straight from the heart.    http://deborahdiesen.com/books/notverymerry/       Firebears The Rescue Team board book  by Rhonda Gowler Greene      The hard-working firebears at Fire Station Number Eight have a very(!) busy day rescuing a scaredy cat stuck up a tree, putting out a blaze at a store on Poplar Street, and also squelching a house fire.  These humble heroes are... “always ready at the scene-- Firebears the rescue team!”      www.rhondagowlergreene.com       Only God Can Make a Kitten by Rhonda Gowler Greene      In this warm-hearted and lyrical story, a little boy, full of wonder, asks his mama who makes a tiny seed, a curled-up kitten, the salty sea, the plip-plop rain, a purple plum, the sparkle stars, and more.       www.rhondagowlergreene.com          Flight of Megizzewas by Karen Trolenberg   This delightful children’s picture book follows a day in the life of a bald eagle named Megizzewas as he soars above iconic Northern Michigan scenery. The lush landscape, colorful birds and woodland animals are beautifully illustrated by award-winning wildlife artist, Christopher Smith. As Megizzewas returns to his nest for the night, settle into your own cozy bed and sleep well… dreaming of your favorite Michigan locations and holding your fondest Michigan memories in your heart. karentrolenberg.com     I Had a Favorite Hat  by Boni Ashburn, illustrated by Robyn Ng     The narrator of this charming picture book loves her summer hat, but as the seasons change, her hat isn’t always appropriate for every occasion. She must use her crafting skills to turn the hat into a work of art, perfect for every season and holiday. Featuring the same characters from the first book, I Had a Favorite Dress, along with the hip, eye-catching art style that won it so many fans, this book is perfect for young crafters and their stylish parents. www.boniashburn.com   Sheep Go to Sleep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple The adventurous sheep have sailed a pirate ship, blasted into space, and driven a jeep. This time they're tucked in for the night, but they can't settle down. A trusty collie wanders by and knocks himself out helping them. A hug, a lullaby, a quilt--it's a countdown to dreamland. nancyshawbooks.com                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Wouldn't you love to attend a children's book conference without traveling? No airports, hotels, gas stations, or expense reports? No work time lost? Register and view our affordable webinar from the comfort of your home or office — wherever and whenever you have access to a computer. Or join your friends and colleagues who have registered and watch together. "You guided me from ignorantly-intimidated to old-dog-learned-new-trick! Well done! This internet thing might not be so bad."   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, and How It Works lead by Carrie Pearson and moderated by Leslie Helakoski. Description: A nuts and bolts session for writers and writer/s including standards for traditional publishing (formatting, word counts for categories, conventions, what’s pushy, what’s polite), how the industry works (role of agent vs. editor, publishing houses and what they offer, large house vs. small vs. regional), and how we get paid (advance, royalties).   "You guys absolutely ROCK at putting together great presentations and making them really work! Thank you so much!"   – author, Elizabeth McBride  Illustration credit: Nina Goebel


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Current SCBWI-MI Events:


2016-2017 Picture Book Text Mentorship


Shop Talks – no charge, regular events at locations around Michigan


Talent Showcase: Let us help promote your work on the chapter's website!


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Other Industry-Related Events Around the Great State of Michigan:

Ruth Heller reading CAN POETRY BE FUNNY? – Tuesday, October 25, 2016: Kalamazoo Public Library, 7 p.m to 9 p.m.


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