SCBWI

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Children's Book Writers
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Read Local Challenge

What if you found out that your favorite author also liked to hang out at your favorite pizza place?Read Local Challenge - Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington D.C. SCBWI authors

Discover books by authors who live in your own state – maybe even your own neighborhood! Our 2017-18 Read Local Challenge features 50 traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

We invite all schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many of these books from local authors/illustrators as you can, then click here to tell us which books you read for a chance to win fabulous prizes, such as signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators. Then visit our websites to find our already-scheduled book signings and events, or to schedule a visit to your school or library.

Download the Full Read Local 2017-18 Challenge Book List

All of our Read Local authors and illustrators have agreed to offer a 10% discount on their speaking fees* for any school or library participating in the Read Local Challenge. Now is the perfect time to schedule a visit. We’d love to get to know you! *Joint visits at special rates are also available. If you’d like to set up a special panel for your school or library, please click the green button above, or email Veronica Bartles, Published and Listed Coordinator for the MD/DE/WV chapter of SCBWI at mddewvpal@gmail.com.

 

Don’t miss our FREE Read Local webinars!*

*If you do miss them, no worries, the video will be available here after the webinar is over. – To test your system to see if it is compatible with our webinar software, click here.

 

Picture Book Challenge

Read Local Challenge 2017-18: Picture Books

Click the image above to find out more about each author in the Picture Book level of our MD/DE/VA/DC Read Local Challenge, or visit the authors’ individual profile pages:

Karen Leggett Abouraya (Silver Spring, MD) | Veronica Bartles (Baltimore, MD) | Margie Blumberg (Bethesda, MD) | Jean Heilprin Diehl (Chevy Chase, MD) | Pamela Ehrenberg (Washington, D.C.) | Lezlie Evans (Brambleton, VA) | Rebecca Evans (Severna Park, MD) | Sue Fliess (Ashburn, VA) | Claudia Friddell (Baltimore, MD) | Laura Gehl (Chevy Chase, MD) | Maria Gianferrari (Leesburg, VA) | Erin Hagar (Baltimore, MD) | Amy Hansen (Greenbelt, MD) | Sylvia Liu (Virginia Beach, VA) | Megan Wagner Lloyd (Arlington, VA) | Ann McCallum (Kensington, MD) | John Micklos, Jr. (Newark, DE) | Anne Marie Pace (Charlottesville, VA) | Courtney Pippin-Mathur (Alexandria, VA) | Susan Stockdale (Chevy Chase, MD) | Sarah Sullivan (Williamsburg, VA) | Lois Szymanski (Westminster, MD) | Chiêu Anh Urban (Laytonsville, MD) | Timothy Young (Easton, MD)

 

Middle Grade Challenge

Click the image above to find out more about each author in the Middle Grade level of our MD/DE/VA/DC Read Local Challenge, or visit the authors’ individual profile pages:

Barbara Carney-Coston (Washington, D.C.) | Ginjer Clarke (Richmond, VA) | Jen Swann Downey (Charlottesville, VA) | Pamela Ehrenberg (Washington, D.C.) | Claudia Friddell (Baltimore, MD) | Leah Henderson (Washington, D.C.) | Sara Lewis Holmes (Hampton, VA) | Deborah Kalb (Chevy Chase, MD) | Amie Rose Rotruck (Mount Airy, MD) | Shelley Sackier (Charlottesville, VA) | CAP Saucier (Cockeysville, MD) | Laura Shovan (Ellicott City, MD) | Sarah Sullivan (Williamsburg, VA) | Erin Teagan (Purcellville, VA) | Elissa Brent Weissman (Baltimore, MD)

 

Young Adult Challenge

Click the image above to find out more about each author in the Young Adult level of our MD/DE/VA/DC Read Local Challenge, or visit the authors’ individual profile pages:

Penelope Aaron (North Bethesda, MD) | Veronica Bartles (Catonsville, MD) | Linda Budzinski (Sterling, VA) | Vonnie Winslow Crist (Jarrettsville, MD) | Pintip Dunn (Kensington, MD) | Meg Eden (Severn, MD) | Leigh Goff (Annapolis, MD) | Christina June (Fairfax County, VA) | Kathy MacMillan (Owings Mills, MD) | Kristen-Paige Madonia (Charlottesville, VA) | Susan Moger (Edgewater, MD) | Valerie O. Patterson (Leesburg, VA) | Michelle Ray (Silver Spring, MD) | Sharon Huss Roat (Hockessin, DE) | Shelley Sackier (Charlottesville, VA) | A.B. Westrick (Richmond, VA)

 

Our Past Read Local Challenge Books (Spring 2017)

Special thanks to author Jen Malone, who created a Read Local New England Challenge, and shared the challenge details with us!