One Writer’s Journey

August 4, 2017

SCBWI 2017 Reading List

Are you a PAL (Published and Listed) Member of SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)?  If the answer is yes, SCBWI has a promotional opportunity for you might want to take advantage of.  
The Society isputting together a 2017 SCBWI Reading List to promote our PAL authors and illustrators.  As with previous lists this one will be shared with teachers, librarians, and booksellers. But this list offers another great opportunity.  SCBWI will have a booth at NCTE in November.  At this event, they will be handing out the list on flash drives!
Do you have a book on the SCBWI Winter 2016 Reading List?  They you are set and no action is needed (unless you want to add your website/see below). The Society is using the 2016 list as a basis for the new list.
Do you have a 2017 book you would like to see on the list?  You can even substitute it for your 2016 book. The important thing to remember is that there are a lot of us so each member can only contribute ONE BOOK.
To have a 2017 book listed or substituted for a 2016, send the following information to
25 Word (or Less) Book Description:
Your City and State of Residence:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:  (Use PreK-K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12)
Your Website:
Including your website is a new feature of the list.  This means that if your book is from the 2016 listing, you can add your website to that listing.  Just send the following information to
The deadline for either a new entry or an addition is August 31, 2017.  
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an entry to update!

March 18, 2016

Summer Reading List: AKA Watch Me Try to Make Up My Mind

PicturePictureBreaking 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!

PicturePictureThen 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.

PicturePictureThat 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.

November 5, 2009

PAL Membership

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I hope everyone is having as much fun as I am poking around on the new SCBWI web site and connecting to friends from all over.

I am surprised though that so few Full Members have updated their membership to PAL.  I know where these writers have sold their work, so I know they qualify to be PAL members.

PAL means Published and Listed and is reserved for those full members with sales to listed publishers.  If you are planning to attend the Missouri Retreat this spring with Randi Rivers, you need to be listed as a PAL member.

Here is how to update your membership:

1.      After you go to, you first have to log in.

2.      On the left is a menu bar topped by the selection “My Home.”  Choose “Manage Profile.”

3.      You should now see a screen that starts with “Personal Information” (your name etc).  Scroll down the page until you get to “Professional Information.”  You will see a bold heading that says, “If you are published in the children’s literature market… ” Below that you will enter the title of your book or magazine piece.

4.      The next bold heading is “Name of publisher(please only select from one drop down).”  Go to the appropriate heading (magazine, name of publisher, etc) and select the name of your publisher from the pull down menu.  If your publisher is not listed, there is a place to enter it.

5.      When you have done this, click on “continue” to update your profile.

If you selected your publisher from a pull down menu, your status will be updated in less than an hour.  If you had to type it in, it will take longer as this is done by hand.

Let me know if you have any questions.


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