Winter Conference 2019 Is Here!


Celebrate With Newbery Honor Recipient Veera Hiranandani on 2/10


Many congrats to local member Veera Hiranandani, who received the 2019 Newbery Honor for her middle grade novel, The Night Diary. She was in great company — see the full list of SCBWI members who won awards at ALA.

Veera will be in conversation with middle grade authors at Dobbs Ferry Library on Sunday, 2/10 in a discussion titled: How Identity and Community Inspired 3 Authors’ Writings.

Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant Deadline: 11/1


Critically acclaimed children’s book author SCBWI board member Jane Yolen created a grant to honor the contributions of mid-list authors.  The grant awards $3,000 to mid-list authors and aims to help raise awareness about their current works-in-progress.  Learn more about this grant here.

If You Asked An Editor Of Picture Books…

5/12 event recap: Picture Book Editor Panel
By Judy Shemtob


Nearly 50 children’s picture book writers, illustrators, and author/illustrators came to hear SCBWI Westchester NY’s first picture book editor panel on Saturday, May 12 at the First Baptist Church in White Plains. Sarah Jane Abbott, Assistant Editor at Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books at Simon & Schuster, and Kait Feldmann, Associate Editor at Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, engaged in a lively conversation moderated by award winning illustrator and SCBWI PAL member Eric Velasquez (be sure to check out his most recent work, Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library).

According to Abbott and Feldmann, attendees should check manuscript wish list sites to learn what various editors want and don’t want. They discussed hungry markets, topics that will be around for a while, animal vs. human characters, biographies, graphic novels, and social media. Continue reading “If You Asked An Editor Of Picture Books…”