Join the PARTY! (the SCBWI Book Launch Party – that is!)

If you’re a member of SCBWI (Society of Book Writers and Illustrators) you’ve probably heard about the big Book Launch Party which launched December 1 and features new 2015 children’s book releases.

If you haven’t heard about the party, it’s about time you did!

Book Launch

This is one rockin’ party because you can browse dozens of the newest picture books all in one place.

And that’s not all. Many authors have contests on their own Book Party Pages where you can enter to win free autographed books, author Skype visits, and more.

What I love about this party is it provides a fun, quick overview of the wide variety of picture books recently released. Hope you enjoy celebrating and browsing through the list. Here are a few of the new picture books that caught my eye –


Groundhog’s Dilemma by Kristen Remenar, Illustrated by Matt Faulkner

Summary: February 2 dawns, and Groundhog sees his shadow. Six more weeks of winter!  Half his friends cheer. The other half groan. Groundhog wants to please everyone, but it seems impossible. Besides, Groundhog doesn’t control the weather—he just predicts it.  That’s not how his friends see it, though, and Groundhog finds himself the recipient of food and favors—bribes to secure next year’s result.

What a mess for poor Groundhog! How can he avoid upsetting half his friends?


Sewing Stories by Barbara Herkert, Illustrated by Vanessa Newton

Summary: Harriet Powers learned to sew and quilt as a young slave girl on a Georgia plantation. She lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and eventually owned a cotton farm with her family, all the while relying on her skills with the needle to clothe and feed her children. Later she began pictorial quilts, using each square to illustrate Bible stories and local legends. She exhibited her quilts at local cotton fairs, and though she never traveled outside of Georgia, her quilts are now priceless examples of African American folk art.


Your Alien by Tammi Sauer, Illustrated by Goro Fujita

Summary: When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, the two instantly strike up a fabulous friendship. They go to school, explore the neighborhood, and have lots of fun. But at bedtime, something seems wrong with the alien. Can the boy figure out what his new buddy needs most of all? This funny, heartwarming story proves that friends and family are the most important things in the universe . . . no matter who you are.

(The contest on this Book Launch Party page is giving away an autographed book!)

Speaking of Book Launch contests, enter to win a free Skype Author Visit at my Book Launch Party for The Inventor’s Secret!

And if you enjoyed this party, guess what, there are more comin’! Several times a year SCBWI will be hosting Book Launch Parties for the latest children’s book releases. Now that’s my kind of party!

Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the author of more than 100 books. A mechanical engineer by degree, she enjoys writing about science topics and fascinating historical figures. Recent books include: SWISH! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, The Daring Dozen, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Astronaut Annie, Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Dangerous Jane, The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, The Inventor’s Secret, and Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Coming soon -- MARS IS, JUNE ALMEIDA VIRUS DETECTIVE! THE WOMAN WHO DISCOVERED THE FIRST HUMAN CORONAVIRUS, THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, and TBA titles from Calkins Creek, Peachtree, and Random House. Learn more about Suzanne and her books at:


  1. I haven’t made it to the party yet, but I look forward to visiting–and, especially, to checking out our own PBB bloggers’ pages!

  2. I love this book launch party idea! It not only helps the authors/illustrators, it also lets the rest of us see what got published.

  3. I love this idea. I hope to get by there this week.

  4. Been to the party Was totally amazed at how many new books were on display! Worth taking a peak, just to see who is publishing what.

  5. Such a great addition to all SCBWI offers! Thanks for spotlighting it here!

  6. SCBWI is always coming up with great new ideas and events!

  7. Thanks for mentioning YOUR ALIEN. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *