Inside Story Report


The first weekend in November marked the launch of SCBWI’s Inside Story pilot program.  Twelve independent bookstores and over a hundred and forty authors and illustrators participated in the pilot event, including three independent bookstores in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia.  The program was a resounding success thanks in special part to First Book, for donating books to children in need for every book purchased during one of the events. The pilot program sold over $5,000 worth of children’s books, Bank Street Books in New York sold over one hundred and fifty books alone, and everyone involved praised the occasion.  Paul MacDonald, specialist bookshop owner of The Children's Bookshop Beecroft in Sydney kicked of the afternoon with champagne, and Stephanie Hogan, bookstore owner of Black Cat Books in Brisbane raved, “I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the event.  It was wonderful with energy bubbling everywhere!”

One winner from each bookstore will receive calls from one of their favorite authors or illustrators and one grand-prize winner will have a character named after them in Lin Oliver’s next Almost Identical book.




The SCBWI would like to thank the bookstores and following authors and illustrators who participated in this fantastic event:


Black Cat Books
Brisbane, Australia
Stephen Axelsen
Katherine Battersby
Christina Bollenbach
Christine Bongers
Candice Lemon-Scott
Julie Nickerson
Judy Paulson
Jennifer Poulter
Dimity Powell
Pamela Rushby
Angela Sunde
Peter E. Taylor
Michelle Worthington
Samantha Wheeler
The Little Bookroom
Melbourne, Australia

Deborah Abela
Jill Carter-Hansen
Christopher Cheng
Wai Chim
Julia Cook
Marjorie Crosby-Fairall
Aleesah Darlison
Sarah Davis
Tony Flowers
Susanne Gervay
Tracey Hawkins
Jan Latta
Nathan Luff
Alexa Moses
Yvette Poshoglian
Anderson’s Bookshop
Naperville, Illinois
Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Gina Bellisario
Marlene Targ Brill
Esther Hershenhorn
Demitria Lunetta
Kevin Luthardt
Aaron Reynolds
Alamosa Books
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Lauren Bjorkman
Carolee Dean
Uma Krishnaswami
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Lois Ruby
Sydney, Australia
Goldie Alexander
Krista Bell
Sherryl Clark
Meredith Costain
Hazel Edwards
Marjory Gardner
Serena Geddes
Nicky Johnston
Corinne King
Simon Mitchell
Claire Saxby
Renee Treml
Coral Vass
Annie White
Bank Street Bookstore
New York, New York
Middle Grade Event
Beth Ain  
John J. Bonk
Laurie Calkhoven
Paula J. Freedman
Chris Grabenstein
Charise Harper
Jane Kelley
Patricia Lakin
Josanne La Valley
Maryann Macdonald
Jane Breskin Zalben
Young Adult Event
Claire J. Griffin
Shandy Lawson
Natalie Standiford
Vicki Wittenstein
Books & Books
Coral Gables, Florida
Marianne Berkes
Jaimie M. Engle
Gail Fay
Alex Flinn
Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Lizette Lantigua
Peter Matthews
Sherry North Rauh
Steven dos Santos
Tamera Wissinger
Books of Wonder
New York, New York
Stephanie Calmenson
Randall de Seve
Tracy Dockray            
Melissa Guion
Caron Levis
Roxie Munro
John Parra
Isabel Roxas
Eric Velasquez
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
Montrose, California
Picture Book Event
Tina Nichols Coury
Erin Eitter Kono
James Horvath
Rene Colato Lainez
Tao Nyeu
Eliza Wheeler
Middle Grade / Young Adult
Carrie Arcos
Theo Baker
Chelsea Confalone
Nick Confalone
Nikki Grimes
Kristen Kittscher
Lin Oliver
Betsy Rosenthal
Frances Sackett
Sarah Skilton





Mockingbird Books

Seattle, Washington
Dia Calhoun
Patrick Flores-Scott
Kathryn O. Galbraith
Lorie Ann Grover
Brenda Z. Guiberson
Stasia Ward Kehoe
Roy Kindelberger
Nina Laden
Karen Lewis
Jennifer K. Mann
Craig Orback
Matthew Porter
Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Dana Sullivan
Jaime Temairik
Samantha R. Vamos
Richard Jesse Watson
Suzanne Williams
The Odyssey Bookshop
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Picture Book Event
Diane deGroat
Corinne Demas
Deborah Freedman
Jannie Ho
Sandra Horning
Jane Kohuth
Jason Lefebvre
Richard Michelson
Hazel Mitchell
J.C. Phillipps                 
Middle Grade/Young Adult Event
Kathryn Burak
Stacy DeKeyser
Christine Brodien-Jones
Erin Dionne
Natasha Lowe
Jennifer Ann Mann
Rebecca Rupp
Chris Tebbetts






The King’s English Bookshop
Salt Lake City, Utah

Jean Reagan
Anne Bowen
Bobbie Pyron
Kim Williams-Justesen