SCBWI's Inside Story

SCBWI's Inside Story is almost here!  For more details, read the official press release below.  The post concludes with a listing of all 12 Inside Story events happening this coming weekend (November 2-3) worldwide!  Awesome stuff-- happy to have helped play a part in making it happen...


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.”

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 UnitedStates 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

Founded in 1971, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is one of the largest existing writers’ and illustrators’ organizations, with over 22,000 members worldwide. It is the only organization specifically for those working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. The organization was founded by Stephen Mooser (President) and Lin Oliver (Executive Director), both of whom are well-published children’s book authors and leaders in the world of children’s literature.  Learn more at



November 2 at 10:00am

The Children's Bookshop
November 2 at 2:00pm

November 2 at 10:00am


Albuquerque, New Mexico
November 2 at 2:00pm

Naperville, Illinois
November 2 at 2:00pm

New York, New York 
November 2 at 2:30pm (Middle Grade)
November 2 at 4:30pm (Young Adult)

Coral Gables, Florida
November 2 at 1:00pm

New York, New York
November 2 at 4:00pm

Salt Lake City, Utah
November 2 at 11:00am

Seattle, Washington
November 3 at 4:00pm

South Hadley, Massachusetts
November 3 at 1:00pm (Picture Books)
November 3 at 3:00pm (Middle Grade/Young Adult)

Montrose, California
November 2 at 11:00am (Picture Books)
November 3 at 2:00pm (Middle Grade/Young Adult)