SCBWI

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Children's Book Writers
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Picture Books
“WHO IS MAKING A MESS?”
Author:Maria D'Haene
Illustrator:Charlie Eve Ryan
Book Description:Life is messy. Sometimes wonderfully so. And sometimes the person making the mess will surprise you!
Publication Date:2020
Publisher:Amicus Publishing
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AUNTIE UNCLE: DRAG QUEEN HERO
Author:Michelle 'Ellie' Royce
Illustrator:Hannah Chambers
Book Description:Told from the perspective of their adoring nephew, the story of a courageous drag queen who saves the day, and brings two communities together.
Publication Date:2020
Publisher:Pow Kids Press
Website:http://www.ellieroyceauthor.com/
BEDTIME, NOT PLAYTIME!
Author - OwnVoices:Lawrence Schimel
Illustrator:Elina Braslina
Translator - OwnVoices:Lawrence Schimel
Book Description:A girl is getting ready for bed but her puppy wants to play. While her two dads read her a story, Rex steals her bear! They all give chase...
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:Orca Book Publishers Ltd
Website:https://us.orcabook.com/Bedtime-Not-Playtime-P13194.aspx
BEFORE YOU WERE BORN
Author:Katrina Germein,
Illustrator:Helene Magisson
Book Description:Filled with love, hope and happiness this inclusive, heartwarming book celebrates the universal joy of new babies, as diverse families prepare for the arrival of a child.
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:HarperCollins Australia
Website:https://katrinagermein.com/
COWIE
Author:Elizabeth Stanton
Book Description:Donkey Cowie knows deep down he's a cow. His friends help him get in touch with his true self by turning everything upside down around!
Publication Date:2020
Publisher:Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Website:https://penspaperstudio.com/
EXCEPT WHEN THEY DON’T
Author:Laura Gehl
Book Description:Joyfully illustrated by gay artist Joshua Heinsz, this book is published in partnership with GLAAD and includes a nonbinary- and gender fluid-inclusive note to readers.
Publication Date:2019
Publisher:little bee books
Website:http://www.lauragehl.com/
THE FLOWER GIRL WORE CELERY
Author:Meryl Gordon
Illustrator:Holly Clifton-Brown
Book Description:When Emma is the flower girl at her cousin's wedding, nothing is as she expected, from the "celery" dress to the two brides.
Publication Date:2016
Publisher:Kar-Ben Publishing
Website:http://www.merylggordonbooks.com/
FROM ARCHIE TO ZACK
Author:Vincent Kirsch
Illustrator:Vincent X. Kirsch
Book Description:Archie loves Zack. Zack loves Archie. Everyone knows it. But the two boys must find the perfect way to express how they feel about each other.
Publication Date:2020
Publisher:Abrams Books for Young Readers
Website:http://www.vincentxkirsch.com/
HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES
Author - OwnVoices:Lesléa Newman
Illustrator:Laura Cornell
Book Description:Heather has 2 hands, 2 feet, 2 pets, and 2 moms. When she meets kids from all types of families, she learns that the most important thing about a family is love.
Publication Date:2015
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Website:https://lesleakids.com/
JACK (NOT JACKIE)
Author:Erica Silverman
Illustrator:Holly Hatam
Book Description:In this heartwarming picture book, a big sister learns that her little sister, Jackie, would rather be called Jack. A sweet story about change and acceptance.
Publication Date:2018
Publisher:little bee books
Website:http://www.ericasilverman.com/
JACOB’S SCHOOL PLAY: STARRING HE, SHE, AND THEY!
Author:Evan Sagerman
Book Description:As Jacob's class prepares costumes and sets, Jacob is confused that his classmate Ari identifies as “they” instead of “he” or “she.” What do pronouns mean?
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:Magination Press/APA
Website:http://www.sarahandianhoffman.com/
LET’S DANCE!
Author:Valerie Bolling
Book Description:This rhythmic picture book showcases dances from all over the world and features children of diverse backgrounds and abilities tapping, spinning, and boogying away!
Publication Date:2020
Publisher:Boyds Mills & Kane
Website:https://valeriebolling.com/index.html
LOVE IN THE WILD
Author:Katy Tanis
Illustrator:Katy Tanis
Book Description:This colorful celebration of love is based on scientists' observations of same-sex couples, adoption, non-binary gender expression, and more.
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:Chronicle Books
Website:https://www.daughterearth.com/
RAINBOW BOY
Author:Taylor Rouanzion
Illustrator:Stacey Chomiak
Book Description:A gender-nonconforming little boy can't choose a favorite color. He loves his pink tutu and purple magic wand and green mermaid tail. How will he ever pick?
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:Beaming Books
Website:https://taylorrouanzion.com/
REAL SISTERS PRETEND
Author - OwnVoices:Megan Dowd Lambert
Illustrator - OwnVoices:Nicole Tadgell
Book Description:Mia wants to pretend that she and Tayja are princesses, and Tayja agrees—as long as they can be hiking princesses. The sisters’ imaginations lead them up and down mountains in
Publication Date:2016
Publisher:Tilbury House
Website:http://nicoletadgell.art/
RIGHT NOW: REAL KIDS SPEAK UP FOR CHANGE
Author:Miranda Paul
Illustrator:Bea Jackson
Book Description:A picture book that introduces readers to eleven young people from around the world who didn’t wait until they were grown to speak up about things that matter.
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Website:http://www.mirandapaul.com/
SYLVIA AND MARSHA START A REVOLUTION: : THE STORY OF THE TRANS WOMEN OF COLOR WHO MADE LGBTQ+ HISTORY
Author - OwnVoices:Joy Ellison
Illustrator - OwnVoices:Teshika Silver
Book Description:"Someday girls like us will be able to wear whatever we want. People will call us by the names we choose. They'll respect that we are women."
Publication Date:2020
Publisher:Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Website:http://www.jmellison.net/
THEY’RE SO FLAMBOYANT
Author - OwnVoices:Michael Genhart
Book Description:A flamboyance of flamingos moves into a neighborhood, other birds have their feathers ruffled, which leads to confronting their judgements and stereotypes.
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:Magination Press/APA
Website:http://www.michaelgenhart.com/
WHOLE WHALE
Author - OwnVoices:Karen Yin
Illustrator:Nelleke Verhoeff
Editor - OwnVoices:Kate DePalma
Book Description:One hundred unusual animals try to squeeze into the pages of this raucous rhyming tale, including a two-daddy lion family.
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:Barefoot Books
Website:http://karenyin.com/