Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 21, 2013

SCBWI Launches Inside Story Events

InsideStoryPosterSCBWIThe 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 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 .

The following bookstores are participating in this year’s program:

Black Cat Books
Brisbane, Australia

November 2 at 10:00am

The Little Bookroom
Melbourne, Australia
November 2 at 10:00am

The Children’s Bookshop
Sydney, Australia

November 2 at 2:00pm

Alamosa Books
Albuquerque, New Mexico

November 2 at 2:00pm

Naperville, Illinois
November 2 at 2:00pm

Bank Street Bookstore
New York, New York

Middle Grade
November 2 at 2:30pm
Young Adult
November 2 at 4:30pm

Books & Books
Coral Gables, Florida

November 2 at 1:00pm

Books of Wonder
New York, New York

November 2 at 4:00pm

The King’s English Bookshop
Salt Lake City, Utah

November 2 at 11:00am

Mockingbird Books
Seattle, Washington

November 3 at 4:00pm

The Odyssey Bookshop
South Hadley, Massachusetts

Picture Books
Diane deGroat, Corinne Demas, Deborah Freedman, Jannie Ho, Sandra Horning, Jane Kohuth, Jason Lefebvre, Richard Michelson, Hazel Mitchell, J.C. Phillipps (Discovered names for this event on Hazel Mitchell’s facebook page) 
November 3 at 1:00pm

Middle Grade/Young Adult
Stacy DeKeyser, Christine Brodien-Jones, Erin Dionne, Natasha Lowe, Jennifer Ann Mann, Rebecca Rupp, Chris Tebbetts, Kathryn Burak
(Discovered participating names for this event on Hazel Mitchell’s facebook page)
November 3 at 3:00pm

Once Upon A Time Bookstore
Montrose, California
Picture Books
November 2 at 11:00am
Middle Grade/Young Adult
November 3 at 2:00pm

Hope you are live close enough to one of these books stores to take advantage of an event.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Good event you can go to . Only one book store participating in la, but i love this book store.


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