Inside Story

Saturday afternoon … November 2nd that was the day, for the launch of the inaugural SCBWI Inside Story.

From Sydney to Melbourne to Brisbane to Montrose to New York to Albuquerque and a few cities in between SCBWI authors and Illustrators were gathering to share their stories about their creative works. At the Children’s Bookshop at Beeecroft the Sydney crew gathered including Tracey Hawkins who travelled up from Canberra and also Wai Chim. This was Wai Chim’s first SCBWI event so it was great to see her there too. And the gathered throng of authors and illustrators? Here they are:

Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, Jill Carter-Hansen, Sarah Davis, Tony Flowers, Jan Latta, Aleesah Darlison, Wai Chim, Tracey Hawkins, Margaret Roc, Nathan Luff, Yvette Poshoglian, Alexa Moses, as well as Deborah Abela and Susanne Gervay – who together organised our gathering.

We talked about our work, art or text, where the ideas came from and how the work was created and anything else that we could squeeze into 3 minutes … argh!

So what is Inside Story all about …

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, in conjunction with First Book, is launching its first international “Inside Story” event at select independent bookstores this November. The pilot program will launch in twelve cities. It has two purposes: to provide an opportunity for young readers, teachers, librarians, and children’s book lovers to become acquainted with new releases, and to build traffic and sales for independent bookstores. A group of authors and illustrators will have a brief time to share the “inside story” behind their 2012 or 2013 publications and support independent bookstores.

The initial event is set for the first weekend in November. The SCBWI will provide publicity, volunteers for the day of the event, and special prizes to help bring in patrons, including a drawing to win a phone call from a famous author and a grand prize drawing across all bookstores to have a character in a new Almost Identical book by Lin Oliver named after them. In addition, First Book will donate a book to a child in need for every book purchased at an SCBWI Inside Story event.

President Stephen Mooser and Executive Director Lin Oliver say, “We are delighted that the SCBWI is partnering with First Book to call attention to the great books our illustrator and author members have created. We hope that by next year independent bookstores around the world will be a part of this very special day.”

What a buzz to be part of the inaugural Inside Story.

About First Book

First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis. Learn more at


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