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Monthly Meeting

February 1, 7:00 PM

Please join us on the first Monday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, Houston.

This month... We are combining the December and January newsletters this one time.



Join us Monday, February 1 as Dotti Enderle discusses Characterization.

NEXT MONTH:  March 7, 2016   Writing for the Educational Market presented by Wendy Lanier

New! Picture Book Workshop Sponsored by our local chapter.

June 4, 8:30am-5pm  See more information and registration here:

Time is running out as the National SCBWI Winter Conference is upon us!

Email Address for News Submissions

A reminder: Please note for your records, new submissions should now be sent to
UPDATE: Crystal Allen's new series, The Magnificent Mya Tibbs! was included as one of 100 Scope Notes by School Library Journal's 10 to Note: Winter Preview. See more here:


Varsha Bajaj continues to dance her way to fame! Her much heralded, Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood was included in the PBS Newshour's list of diverse character books for kids.


Marianne Dyson's star continues to shine! Her book coauthored with Buzz Aldrin, Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet was chosen as one of the six (in the 9-12 age category) Best Science Books of 2015 by Literacy Daily.

In reviewing science books, we have found the best books have engaging and fascinating information and—perhaps more important—encourage the interest of young readers in scientific observation and investigation. Some of these books integrate science with cross-curricular topics including culture, history, and preservation of the quality of natural environments."'s-ya-literature/book-reviews/literacy-daily/2016/01/18/the-best-science-books-of-2015?sf19964285=1


Houston's own Brazos Bookstore has been shortlisted as one of the five best book shops in the whole country by Publishers Weekly. The overall winner will be announced in March. See the announcement here.


When Bellaire author
Cathey Graham Nickell discovered that there are no children’s books about art cars, she had to fill the void. The result is her first picture book, “Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car,” which she launched in November 2015. The story is set in an imaginary town, where Arthur Zarr lives a lonely existence. When he gets an imaginative idea to add objects to his plain car, people start noticing him for the first time. Neighbors join Arthur by adding their own artistic flair to his car and he becomes a contender in the Art Car Parade. Various themes include recycling, outsider art, friendship building, and community pride. Nickell published the book herself, with illustrations by Bill Megenhardt, also of Houston.  Hardcover with dustjacket, $19.99. Available on Amazon, through Nickell's author's website, or at Brazos Bookstore. She will also sell copies in a booth on April 9, 2016, at the 29th Annual Houston Art Car Parade.


Marion Young's new book, Love Circles the World, was launched on the web recently as part of SCBWI's Book Launch Party program.


Chantee Hale is excited to announce that her web comic collaboration with artist Kevin McCoy and iNHale Film launched recently. Follow along as new pages are presented each Monday:

Russell J. Sanders 
will be signing and discussing his newest YA novel, Colors, on Saturday, February 6, from 3-5 at River Oaks Bookstore, 3270 Westheimer (at River Oaks BLVD). Phone 713.520.0061 if you can't attend and would like to order a signed copy. Here also is a link to the book trailer:

Joy Preble announced that Soho Press recently revealed the cover for her next book, It Wasn't Always Like This, in an interview with Emily Lockhart (E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, etc.) for Entertainment Weekly. You can read the interview here:


The Houston Book Arts Guild will be hosting a presentation by Bruce Foster this Thursday, February 4, 7:00 pm at The Printing Museum. Bruce will be discussing pop-up books in general, but will also be sharing behind-the-scenes information about the making of Pier 1's Limited Edition Pop-Up Holiday Catalog. One copy of the exclusive pop up catalog will be given away in a drawing that evening. The Printing Museum is located at 1324 W. Clay St. 


Our Staff

Regional Advisor:
Vicki Sansum
Asst. Regional Advisor:
Millie Martin
Illustrators Coordinator:
Diandra Mae
2015 Conference Chairs:
Millie Martin
Mary Riser
Monthly Program Chairs:
Aileen Kirkham
Pat Miller
Listserv Coordinator:
Dotti Enderle
Twitter Coordinator:
Lynne Kelly
Newsletter & Website
Bruce Foster
Art Credit
Header Design:
Layne Johnson

Workshops and Opportunities

The San Antonio SCBWI Chapter is hosting a one-day workshop March 19 with Belpre medalist Guadalupe Garcia McCall.


For more information, click the image of McCall's book.


The Louisiana SCBWI Chapter will be hosting a presentation with 2001 Newbery Winner, Richard Peck

Sunday March 6 at 3pm at the Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet BLD, Baton Rouge, La.


Chapter Events

Monthly Meetings

When: Meetings are held on the first Monday night of each month (first Tuesday if first Monday is a holiday), 7-9 pm. Fiction, Nonfiction and Illustration critique groups meet from 6-7pm.

What: All regular monthly meetings are open to all at no cost or obligation. To suggest speakers or topics and/or to be added to our monthly meeting reminder e-mail list, contact Program Coordinator via our Contact Us page.

Where: The meetings are held at the Tracy Gee community center, located at 3599 Westcenter Dr, Houston, TX 77042-5213

SCBWI 2016 Upcoming Programs:

March 7 - Writing for the Educational Market with Wendy Lanier
April 4 - Social Media for Kidlit Creators with Diandra Mae
May 2 - How-To's of Professional Appearances, Panel 
June 6 - The Hole Story, from Idea to Publication with Pat Miller
July 5 - On Stage: The Nuts & Bolts of Writing & Adapting Children's & YA Works for the Theater with Lane Riosley
Aug 1 - Maximizing your Marketability with Dana Wright
Sept 6 - National SCBWI in Review, Panel
Oct. 3 - The A-Z's of Writing Children's Stories for TV & Picture Books, Too! with Jennifer Hamburg
Nov. 7 - Houston SCBWI Conference Recap
Dec. 5 - Holiday Party


Join our conversations on the SCBWI Texas discussion board! Please send your author/illustrator news for the next newsletter to Bruce Foster by the 25th of the month at
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