Read Local Challenge!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! There’s something very cool and awesome going on from now until April 30th: the Read Local Challenge put together by our very own PAL coordinator, Veronica Bartles! Please support your local authors and illustrators by spreading the news!

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Art is being created all around you. The person you meet at your local pool or pizzeria may have created your favorite book!

We invite all schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many of these books from local authors/illustrators as you can, for a chance to win fabulous prizes, such as signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators. Then visit our websites to find our already-scheduled book signings and events, or to schedule a visit to your school or library.

All of our Read Local authors and illustrators have agreed to offer a 10% discount on their speaking fees for any school or library participating in the Read Local Challenge. Now is the perfect time to schedule a visit. We’d love to get to know you! Joint visits at special rates are also available. If you’d like to set up a special panel for your school or library, please email Veronica Bartles, Published and Listed Coordinator for the MD/DE/WV chapter of SCBWI at mddewv (at) scbwi (dot) org.

Read Local Challenge Books:

Click on a book cover to learn more about the author/illustrators (including other books that they have written and/or illustrated), contact us to schedule a visit for your school or library, and discover where you can buy the Read Local Challenge books for yourself!

COLOR WONDER: HOORAY FOR SPRING by Chiêu Anh Urban

COLOR WONDER: HOORAY FOR SPRING by Chiêu Anh Urban author/illustrator of Quiet as a Mouse – And Other Animal Idioms, Raindrops: A Shower of Colors, and 1,2,3 Go!

Shape Shift by Joyce Hesselberth

SHAPE SHIFT by Joyce Hesselberth

PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT HATCHING by Laura Gehl, author of One Big Pair of Underwear, Peep and Egg: I’m not Trick or Treating, and Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel

A Fine Life for a Country Mouse by Susan Detwiler

A FINE LIFE FOR A COUNTRY MOUSE by Susan Detwiler, illustrator of After a While Crocodile (by Jennifer Curtis), and The Sparrow and the Trees (by Sharon Chriscoe)

Martian Mustache Mischief by Brian Rock

MARTIAN MUSTACHE MISCHIEF by Brian Rock, author of The Deductive Detective and Don’t Play with Your Food!

Do Not Open the Box by Timothy Young

DO NOT OPEN THE BOX by Timothy Young, author of The Angry Little Puffin, I Hate Picture Books!, and They’re Coming!

The Princess and the Frogs by Veronica Bartles, illustrated by Sara Palacios

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS by Veronica Bartles, author of Twelve Steps

PIGLOO by Anne Marie Pace

PIGLOO by Anne Marie Pace, author of Vampirina Ballerina and Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover

From Here to There by Sue Fliess

FROM HERE TO THERE by Sue Fliess, author of A Fairy Friend, Calling All Cars, and Books for Me!

How to Behave at a Dog Show by Madelyn Rosenberg

HOW TO BEHAVE AT A DOG SHOW by Madelyn Rosenberg, author of Nanny X Returns and Dream Boy

THE EYE OF THE WHALE: A RESCUE STORY by Jennifer O'Connell

THE EYE OF THE WHALE: A RESCUE STORY by Jennifer O’Connell, author of Ten Timid Ghosts and It’s Halloween Night!

PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN by Sarah Sullivan

PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN by Sarah Sullivan, author of Once Upon a Baby Brother, All That’s Missing, and Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother

EMILY AND CARLO by Marty Rhodes Figley

EMILY AND CARLO by Marty Rhodes Figley

Girls Dance Boys Fiddle by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Kimberly McKay

GIRLS DANCE, BOYS FIDDLE by Carole Lindstrom

B is for Blue Crab by Shirley C. Menendez, illustrated by Laura Stutzman

B IS FOR BLUE CRAB: A MARYLAND ALPHABET by Shirley C. Menendez, author of Allie, the Christmas Spider

DOING HER BIT: A STORY OF THE WOMAN'S LAND ARMY OF AMERICA by Erin Hagar

DOING HER BIT: A STORY OF THE WOMAN’S LAND ARMY OF AMERICA by Erin Hagar, author of Awesome Minds: The Inventors of LEGO Toys and Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures

Someday I'll Fly by Rebecca Evans

SOMEDAY I’LL FLY by Rebecca Evans, illustrator of Friends in Fur Coats, The Shopkeepers Bear, and The Good Things

Eat Your U.S. History Homework by Ann McCallum, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez

EAT YOUR U.S. HISTORY HOMEWORK by Ann McCallum, author of Eat Your Science Homework, Eat Your Math Homework, and Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale

TOTALLY TRUE ADVENTURES!: GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SPIES by Claudia Friddell

TOTALLY TRUE ADVENTURES: GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SPIES by Claudia Friddell, author of Goliath, Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan

Malala Yousafza: Warrior with Words by Karen Leggett Abouraya, illustrated by L.C. Wheatley

MALALA YOUSAFZAI: WARRIOR WITH WORDS by Karen Leggett Abouraya

The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat by Deborah Kalb

THE PRESIDENT AND ME: GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE MAGIC HAT by Deborah Kalb

NERD CAMP 2.0 by Elisa Brent Weissman

NERD CAMP 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman, author of Nerd Camp, Standing for Socks, and The Short Seller

What's Up in the Amazon Rainforest by Ginjer Clarke

WHAT’S UP IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST by Ginjer Clarke, author of What’s Up in the Gobi Desert, WATCH OUT! The World’s Most Dangerous Creatures, and Pouch Babies

EXPLORE THE COSMOS LIKE NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: A SPACE SCIENCE JOURNEY by CAP Saucier

EXPLORE THE COSMOS LIKE NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: A SPACE SCIENCE JOURNEY by CAP Saucier, author of The Lucy Man: The Scientist Who Found the Most Famous Fossil Ever!

PUMPKIN BUTTERFLY by Heidi Mordhorst

PUMPKIN BUTTERFLY: POEMS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF NATURE by Heidi Mordhorst, author of One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep and Squeeze: Poems from a Juicy Universe

The Future Architect's Handbook by Barbara Beck

THE FUTURE ARCHITECT’S HANDBOOK by Barbara Beck, author of The Future Architect’s Tool Kit

DEAR OPL by Shelley Sackier

DEAR OPL by Shelley Sackier, author of The Freemason’s Daughter

Click here for a printable .pdf (full-color!) poster with all the Read Local Challenge books and fun facts about each author/illustrator!

Click here for more information about the 2017 Maryland/Virginia Read Local Challenge

Click here for a printable .pdf with a list of all Read Local Challenge books (including ISBN numbers for easy reference)

2017 Maryland Virginia Read Local Challenge RulesRead Local MD / VA / DC ChallengeMeet the Read Local Authors

2017 Maryland Virginia Read Local Challenge Book List

Bonus! For older readers, check out these Maryland Young Adult authors:

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles Inspirited by Penelope Aaron The Enchanted Dagger by Vonnie Winslow Crist

Special thanks to author Jen Malone, who created a Read Local New England Challenge, and shared the challenge details with us!

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About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, and blogger at As The Eraser Burns, Joyful Miles, and Write, Run, Rejoice. In the past, she's been a waitress, telemarketer, cook, real estate agent, and during her college days, a costumed character at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still haunt her at night.) At the age of thirty, she pursued her dream of being a writer. Her first novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, a “Steel Magnolias for teens,” was inspired by a rusted sign by a charming old house, and now, she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!
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2 Responses to Read Local Challenge!

  1. First, thank you to Veronica for taking on this task. Good job! A second thank you to Veronica for kindly including the 4 YA authors who’d hoped to have a flyer of our own at the bottom of the announcement. Third, regional YA authors, “Where are you?” This is a great opportunity, and our regional YA authors need to get onboard should another such wonderful opportunity offer itself. In the meantime, good luck wishes to all the PB/MG regional writers. I hope the Read Local Challenge results in lots of new readers for your books. 🙂

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