SCBWI

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Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

December 12, 2020 Chapter Meeting Lessons Learned by Debut Authors and Illustrators

Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/12/2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


December 12, 2020

2 – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Lessons Learned 

Debuting Authors and Illustrator – Reginald Brown, Pamela Couvignou, Jessica Kim and Ruth Mitchell

 

Our December chapter meeting will feature four members whose works are debuting in 2020.  Each will share tips and the insider’s information they learned on their way to publication.

  Reginald (Reggie) Brown illustrated the chapter book The Magnificent Makers, written by Theanne Griffith, from Penguin/Random House, released May 19th. The next book in the series will be out this September. I love bringing to life in illustrations the stories of the immigrant experience; discrimination and racism; growing up in an underserved community; perseverance and hard-work; military families; family members with mental health and substance/alcohol abuse -authors writing these stories are also bringing voice to my stories and lived experiences. It would be an honor to have my illustrations depict the heart, spirit, and zest of the stories these authors have to share with the world. I also have a passion for stories with genres like fantasy, superheroes, and science-fiction, and I love that you share my belief that it’s time for a wider array of skin tones to be represented in these joyful stories.

  Pamela Fong, author/illustrator’s, debut book, Rou & The Great Race, is coming out Fall 2020 by Reycraft Publishing (Benchmark Education) Constantly on the search for all things creative, Pam Fong, is a graphic designer, painter, foodie, and movie buff.  She began crafting children’s literature in 2016, and now considers it her full-time career.

  Jessica Kim’s middle grade book, Stand Up, Yumi Chung, was published March 17, 2020 by Kokila/Penguin Random House. She writes about Asian American girls finding their way in the world. Before she was an author, Jessica studied education at UC Berkeley and spent ten years teaching third, fourth, and fifth grades in public schools. Like Yumi, Jessica lives with her family in Southern California and can’t get enough Hot Cheetos, stand-up comedy, and Korean barbecue.

  Ruth Mitchell’s young adult book Deleted was published January 7, 2020 by Immortal Works. It is an award winning YA sci-fi thriller described as “a beautiful tale filled with action, romance and adventure. Deleted received the Gold Medal in YA science fiction in the Readers’ Favorite Award Contest. Mitchell, a former journalist turned homemaker, lives in San Diego with her husband and children. In addition to writing, she loves to talk about books on Instagram, bake, and run (slowly).

At this time we doubt we’ll be able to continue our tradition of selling members books and illustrations in an on-line format. If this changes we will let the membership know ASAP.

 

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