Breaking News for PAL* Members: SCBWI is creating PAL Summer Reading Lists! Fifteen regional lists (the same regions used for Crystal Kites) will be created and divided by grades and within the grades, genres. These lists will be beautifully designed, then marketed and publicized to schools, libraries, bloggers, and more. Look for a special invitation to submit one book for the list. Submissions will be due by April 1st.
I was so excited when I got this message from Kim Pidding, the Missouri Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Yay! A chance to get my books into the hands of young readers!
Then reality hit home. This means that I have to pick one and only one of my books for the list. At this point, I have 6 books:
- Ancient Maya (Abdo)
- Getrude Ederle vs The English Channel (Schoolwide)
- The Bombing of Pearl Harbor (Abdo)
- Black Lives Matter (Abdo)
- Trench Warfare (Abdo)
- 12 Incredible Facts about the Cuban Missile Crisis (12 Story Library)
SCBWI plans to make electronic and print copies of the list available “to schools, libraries, bookstores, and consumers.” This immediately eliminates Gertrude Ederle vs The English Channel. It is part of Schoolwide’s electronic library. What this means is that schools that pay for a subscription have access to the book. There’s no point in putting it on the list because aren’t going to pay to access the whole library for one book.
That still leaves 5 candidates and, let’s face reality, they are all about hard realities. These aren’t your light and airy summer reads.
Right now, my choice is Black Lives Matter. Yeah, I might just hack someone else off but I might also get my book into the hands of a young reader who really and truly wants to know what it is all about.
*A PAL member is a member of SCBWI who has published a book with a recognized, professional publisher. The list of publishers is available on the SCBWI site.