How SCBWI MD/DE/WV will be rocking the 2015 Baltimore Book Festival!

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Oh yes, we got books, from the several members who will be representing our region at the Baltimore Book Festival! I’ve already skimmed the highlights in this post but today, I’m giving all the dirt about the table our lovely PAL coordinator, Katy MacMillan put together, the panel with Sarah Maynard and four other authors/illustrators, plus other events you won’t want to miss. So let’s get right to it!

Friday, September 25th:

Ronald L. Smith, author of HOODOO from Houghton Mifflin Harcout, will be reading from his Southern mid-grade debut novel 1:30 to 2:30 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage!

51mQlP0NY5L__SX316_BO1,204,203,200_Twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher was born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic: hoodoo, as most people call it. But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can’t seem to cast a simple spell.

When a mysterious man called the Stranger comes to town, Hoodoo starts dreaming of the dead rising from their graves. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy. Not just any boy. A boy named Hoodoo. The entire town is at risk from the Stranger’s black magic, and only Hoodoo can defeat him. He’ll just need to learn how to conjure first.

Set amid the swamps, red soil, and sweltering heat of small town Alabama in the 1930s, Hoodoo is infused with a big dose of creepiness leavened with gentle humor.

The authenticity of Hoodoo’s voice and this distinctive mash up of genres make Smith one to watch. Seekers of the scary and “something different” need look no further.” —Kirkus

So You Want to Write a Children’s Book Panel, featuring Sarah Maynard and other regional authors/illustrators will be at 4:00 – 5:00 on Friday, September 25th at the Inner Harbor Stage!

Joining Sarah in this panel in alphabetical order are …

Rebecca Evans is an illustrator and author living in Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art from Messiah College with a concentration in Drawing and Illustration in 2000, and also completed coursework from the Tyler School of Art. She worked for nine years as an artist and designer before returning to her first love: children’s book illustration and writing. Her experience includes illustrating and authoring children’s books, teaching art at the local Art Center, and publishing artwork with magazines and multiple publishing houses. She regularly speaks at elementary schools and shares her love of literature and art with children. She is also a member of the SCBWI. She lives in Maryland and enjoys spending time with her husband and four young children, and working from her home studio. Rebecca is represented by Carrie Howland, Donadio & Olson, Inc. and you can view her work at or catch up with her Coffee & Conversation interview!

somedayIn 1943, during World War II, ordinary little girls are expected to learn to cook, sew, and play with dolls. But Pam wants to do more, to be more-to help her brother and all the other soldiers. When Pam meets the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots, she discovers exactly what she wants to be when she grows up. She even begins to build her very own plane. But when her friend becomes sick, Pam has to decide what is most important to her. An adaptation of WINDSHIFT by Joyce Faulkner,   Written and Illustrated by Rebecca Evans, ©2014 Rebecca Evans,  Red Engine Press

Laura Gehl is the author of several award-winning picture books, including One Big Pair of Underwear, And Then Another Sheep Turned Up, and Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel. She also writes about science for kids and adults and has many projects in the works. Here’s an interview with Laura at Books My Kids Read plus a stop on her blog tour here at As The Eraser Burns!

LauraGehlCount and share with…underwear! Come along on a zany adventure with hilarious pictures from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.

What’s one thing that two bears, three yaks, four goats, and six cats have in common?
They hate to share. But look out—here comes a pack of twenty pigs ready to prove that sharing makes everything twice as fun!

This seriously silly picture book with artwork by the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site irresistibly combines the concepts of counting and sharing.

Ann McCallum is an award-winning author as well as a mom and teacher in Maryland. Books in her Eat Your Homework series have been named a Junior Library Guild selection as well as a Book Links Lasting Connections. Eat Your U.S. History Homework will be released October 13, 2015. Check out her website at and past Coffee & Conversation interview!

612RDK34PXL__SX401_BO1,204,203,200_Examine the birth of America through a delicious lens: FOOD! This history-themed recipe book is third in a scrumptious series and proves that cooking never gets old.

This collection of unique recipes will fill you up with lip-smacking history facts that reveal what cuisine was like for people between the 1600s to the 1800s, during the birth of America. Budding chefs will devour time-period inspired recipes for healthy entrees and snacks, as well as desserts, including Thanksgiving Succotash, Revolutionary Honey-Jumble Cookies, Colonial Cherry-Berry Grunts, and more. History buffs will appreciate the diverse experiences represented, from the Native Americans and the pilgrims, to slaves and plantation owners.

Timothy Young has been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director and graphic designer. He’s designed for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, the Muppets, The Simpsons, Disney, and Universal Studios. Tim is the author/illustrator of 5 picture books including Shadows On My Wall, They’re Coming!, and the highly acclaimed I Hate Picture Books!. His latest, The Angry Little Puffin, is getting great reviews. His next book, Do Not Open The Box, comes out in late 2015. He lives with his family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Find out more about him and his books at and check out his Coffee & Conversation interview!

angry“Look at the funny little penguin!” and “What a silly-looking penguin!” Hearing this all day long is enough to make any little bird angry, especially when he’s NOT A PENGUIN! This is the story of a puffin who is upset that he’s constantly mistaken for a penguin. He finally reaches his breaking point and goes on a rant about the many differences between the two. A little girl stops him in mid-speech because she does know the differences, and he listens as she explains to her father why puffins are her favorite. When you are feeling alone and misunderstood, sometimes it only takes the understanding of one small person to turn things around. A charming picture book with 18 fun colorful spreads showing children what frustration and feeling alone looks like from the outside, how to get over anger, and how to reach out to others when they are frustrated.


Friday, September 25th – Sunday, September 27th: Book Signings at our MD/DE/WV table!

If you’re at the festival, please stop by our table and show your support! Here’s the schedule followed by full bios below, in alphabetical order:

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Elaine Allen is the author of several picture books with the theme of nature and the Chesapeake Bay, including Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay. She explores her environmental interests through her writing. Cheryl Holloway had Elaine on her blog for a fun guest interview!

ElaineAllenThere once was a young oyster named Olly who lived in the Chesapeake Bay. He loved to drift with the currents, but Olly had been traveling his whole life and wanted to settle down. He wanted to do something important–help clean the Chesapeake Bay. But what can a little oyster do? He doesn’t have pincers or fingers or sharp teeth or legs and feet. Journey under the Chesapeake Bay with Olly’s little minnow friend and find out how Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay.

Barbara Beck is a licensed architect who lives in Annapolis, Maryland. She shares her studio and home overlooking the Chesapeake Bay with her husband, Rick, and her Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, Tommy. Originally from St. Louis, Barbara grew up drawing animals and houses, so it was only logical she would become an architect or a veterinarian. She chose architecture, earning her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. She has also combined her love of animals with her architectural background to establish a custom doghouse company. Artful Dogs, Architecture for Man’s Best Friend has been featured on television, in newspapers, and magazines. The Future Architect’s Handbook is Barbara’s first architecture book for children.


For children with a passion for drawing or dreams of creating buildings, this book explores how architects really work, taking the young reader through the entire process for planning and designing a house. Learn about design techniques, building components, and architectural styles. Study Aaron the Architect’s drawings for his own house – the same four drawings every architect uses: the Site Plan, Floor Plan, Section, and Elevation, explained in the book with freehand pen and ink drawings.

Laura Bowers … who I hear is a real nut case, is also a writer, runner, runDisney addict, blogger for As the Eraser Burns, (um, duh,) and author of Beauty Shop for Rent and Just Flirt. She runs in tutus and tiaras and is in the process of reinventing her writing career for the hundredth time. This plan includes writing about a nut case character who runs in tutus and tiaras.

JustFlirt1-200x300It’s summmer, sweet summer!

Self-proclaimed Superflirt Dee Barton can’t wait to spend the summer months practicing her Nine Rules of Flirting on the cute guys who stay at her family’s campground. Why not? Flirting is fun and makes people feel good–which is the exact opposite of her relationship with her toxic ex, Blaine. Sabrina Owens’s summer plans include keeping her over-the-top karaoke DJ mother in check, maintaining her status as the queen of the popular crowd–and being the perfect girlfriend to Blaine. Each girl sees the other as the enemy. But when a secret blog embroils them in a frivolous lawsuit, they must team up and embark on a risky, flirt-filled plot to set things right again.

Erin Hager is the author of Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures (Duopress, 2015), which School Library Journal described as “full of Julia’s trademark gusto” and “an excellent introduction to the life of this famed chef.” Erin holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in Baltimore with her husband and two children. Visit her at

juliaJulia Child knew how to have fun, and she also knew how to whip up a delightful meal. After traveling around the world working for the U.S. government, Julia found her calling in the kitchen and devoted her life to learning, perfecting, and sharing the art of French cuisine. This delicious, illustrated biography is a portrait of the remarkable woman, author, and TV personality who captured our hearts with her sparkling personality. “Bon appétit!”

Kathy MacMillan is the author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press, 2013) as well as many resource books for librarians and parents.  Her young adult debut, Sword and Verse, a sweeping fantasy that award-winning author Franny Billingsley calls “fascinating and unique,” will be published January 19, 2016 by HarperTeen and is now available for preorder.  Kathy is also the PAL Member Coordinator for the MD/DE/WV region of SCBWI. Visit Kathy at

SwordRaisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.

Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that’s been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance–an underground rebel army–to help liberate the city’s slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries–one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

Jane Matyger, a native of Easton, Pennsylvania, loved writing stories, plays and poems. She grew up in a very close family with two sisters and a brother and always found a lot to write about.   After finishing college, she married her high school sweetheart and relocated to Newark, Delaware where they raised four, wonderful sons – the joys of her life.  Soon, Jane was blessed with another joy … a grandson. His birth renewed her passion for writing and placed it center stage. She is published in Nature’s Friend Magazine and a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature.  Seymour’s Christmas Wish is her first book.  She is honored to partner with Mirror has published four magazine non-fiction articles and four fiction picture books, including The Spaghetti is Missing.

JaneMatygerYikes! All the spaghetti in Uncle Pauley’s restaurant is missing … and it’s almost dinner time. Gabby and Noodles jump into action, following a trail of smashed spaghetti boxes scribbled with the message “The tower is falling, come quick!” At long last, they come face to face with the mysterious tower … but where’s the spaghetti?

John Micklos is an award-winning education journalist and the author of more than 20 books for children and young adult readers, including poetry books for young readers, history books for elementary students, and history and biography titles for middle school and high school students. His most recent titles include several upper elementary history books for Capstone and contributing to National Geographic Kids’ best-selling book, 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets. In September he will release a brand-new picture book, The Sound in the Basement, published by First State Press.

John has done K-12 school visits in several states and has spoken at the national conferences of the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as at state reading conferences in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.


“It was a moany sound, a groany sound, a chill-you-to-the-boney sound.” Is there really danger lurking in David’s basement, or is it just his imagination? Find out with David as he learns to face his fears in this picture book for ages 3-8.

“A great read-aloud story to promote visualizing and making connections. Kids will easily relate to David as he faces his greatest fear and learns a lot about courage. The Sound in the Basement is a perfect choice to share with students in writer’s workshop as they author their own stories about overcoming their fears.” — Maurna Rome, past president of the Minnesota Reading Association

CAP Saucier is the author of Explore the Cosmos Like Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Space Science Journey, released by Prometheus Books in March.  This is the story of astronomy told through the authorized biography of a noted astrophysicist.  I wrote this book for middle school-age students and up.  With its beautiful illustrations of Neil as a youngster and images from the Hubble Space Telescope, the book will appeal to science fans of all ages. CAP is also a pediatric nurse who also dabbles in art.  I combine my skills with children with my artistic talents to write and illustrate children’s books and articles in children’s magazines.  My other book also is a science biography.  The Lucy Man: The Scientist Who Found the Most Famous Fossil Ever! is the story of human evolution told through the life of noted paleoanthropologist Dr. Donald Johanson.

51+Vu675VmL__SX333_BO1,204,203,200_Catch the thrill of the cosmos and space science through the life of Neil deGrasse Tyson—the popular astrophysicist, science communicator, and host of FOX-TV’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. In language neither too simple nor overly technical, author CAP Saucier interweaves up-to-date information about the universe and the science of astrophysics with a biographical portrait of the famous astrophysicist. Quotes from Tyson appear throughout each chapter, personalizing the science.

Illustrated with striking images from the Hubble Space Telescope, the story of one man’s successful life in space science may inspire kids to follow a similar path. As Tyson makes clear, there is still much to do for future space scientists: diverting asteroids, unraveling the mystery of dark matter, finding life elsewhere in the universe, and more!

If I’ve missed anybody, please let me know and I’ll add it right away. Hope to see you at the festival!

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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