Upcoming Books by Michigan Authors

Many, many people I meet tell me about their dreams to write a book, and if it's a book for children, I always refer them to SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), an organization I've been a part of for several years. SCBWI is a global nonprofit organization, with local chapters, that encourages both professional and aspiring writers and illustrators to be informed, focus on craft, and find a critique group. Besides offering conferences and networking with people in the children's book industry, SCBWI also celebrates the books written and/or illustrated by its members.

SCBWI-Michigan, my local chapter, has many upcoming books to celebrate. Take a look at these books coming out this summer and fall. Thanks to Jodi McKay for the image.

Frenchtown-Dixie Meet and Greet Photos

   (photo credit: Maggie and  Paula Sanders Sandefur )

   (photo credit: Maggie and Paula Sanders Sandefur)

Saturday, I went to the Frenchtown-Dixie Library in Monroe County, Michigan, for the 5th annual Children's Author Meet and Greet. What an event! I was greeted at the door by Maggie, a local middle schooler, reader and event photographer, and then, I saw this picture book display:

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Amy Nielander and I shared a table, full of picture books and activities.

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From picture book to YA novels, there were many Michigan authors and illustrators to meet.

Of course, Frenchtown-Dixie library patrons had great ideas for their Salad Pie recipe:

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                           And a few important garnishes for Frenchtown-Dixie Salad Pie!

                           And a few important garnishes for Frenchtown-Dixie Salad Pie!

And in closing, the whole group with books, posing for a photo. Thank you to everyone at Frenchtown-Dixie Library for a warm and welcoming event!

Back row: Charlie Barshaw, Ruth McNally Barshaw, Heather Smith Meloche, Kelly DiPucchio, Denise Fleming, Jordan Scavone, Timothy Dziobak, Kathy Higgs-Coulthard, Sierra Masson, Amy Nielander      Front row: Dena Albergo Jayson, Wendy BooydeGraaff, Kristin Bartley Lenz, Debbie Diesen    (photo credit: Maggie and  Paula Sanders Sandefur )

Back row: Charlie Barshaw, Ruth McNally Barshaw, Heather Smith Meloche, Kelly DiPucchio, Denise Fleming, Jordan Scavone, Timothy Dziobak, Kathy Higgs-Coulthard, Sierra Masson, Amy Nielander      Front row: Dena Albergo Jayson, Wendy BooydeGraaff, Kristin Bartley Lenz, Debbie Diesen    (photo credit: Maggie and Paula Sanders Sandefur)

5th Annual Children's Author Meet and Greet

On Saturday, November 4 from 12 - 3 pm, a host of Michigan authors will be at the Frenchtown Dixie Library in Monroe County. Come and meet us all! Buy books and get them signed!

Enjoy an Autumn afternoon with 12 amazing authors of books for
children of all ages! Come meet and greet our authors, buy some of their books and spend a couple of hours with us.

Our Guest Authors Include:
• Ruth McNally Barshaw
• Wendy BooydeGraaff
• Kelly DiPucchio
• Debbie Diesen
• Tim Dziobak
• Kathy Higgs-Coulthard
• Dena Jayson
• Kristin Bartley Lenz
• Sierra Masson
• Heather Smith Meloche
• Amy Nielander
• Jordan J. Scavone

Frenchtown Dixie Branch Library2881 Nadeau Rd, Monroe, Michigan 48162