How to get ready to attend the Missouri SCBWI Fall Conference

I hope that those of you who are attending the Missouri SCBWI Fall Conference this November are doing your homework.  What homework?  Studying works by the keynote speakers.  This is especially essential for those of us who will be approaching an editor or agent but it is just as important if someone is critiquing your manuscript.  Just attending someone’s session?  Read their work as well.  It will help ground you before you get to work on November 3.

Here is a partial list to get you started.

Regina Brooks

Writing Great Book for Young Adults by Regina Brooks

Clients and Their Books:

Aline Alexander Newman’s Ape Escape

Ana Maria Rodriguez’s Natural Disasters — FiresGreat Disasters — FiresEdward Jenner: Conqueror of SmallpoxA Day in the Life of the Brain;  Secret of the Sleepless Whales . . . and More!; Secret of the Bloody Hippo . . . and More!Secret of the Puking Penguin . . . and More!; Secret of the Singing Mice . . . and More!

Sundee Frazier’s Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It

Lynda Durrant’s ImperfectionsMy Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union SoldierThe Sun, the Rain and the Appleseed:  A Novel of Johnny Appleseed’s Life.


Emmy Dryden:

Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On series, A Frog in the BogLittle Pip series.

Suzanne Morgan Williams’ Bull Rider

Adrienne Maria Vrettos’ Skin and Sight

Shelia P. Moses’  The Legend of Buddy BushI, Dred ScottJoseph.

Karen Katz’s Counting KissesMommy Hugs; Stalling

Ellen Hopkins’ books



David Harrison (to keep this list manageable, I’ve arbitrarily decided to list only David’s books published since 2007):

bugs, poems about creeping things
Cave Detectives, Unraveling the Mysteries of an Ice Age Cave
Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones
A Monster is Coming
Partner Poems For Building Fluency
Piggy Wiglet
Vacation, We’re Going to the Ocean!

Ellen Hopkins:


Now — get reading!