Librarians, Teachers, Authors and Books SCBWI-IL Event

Last Saturday, I was privileged to participate in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Illinois (SCBWI-IL) Chapter. Author, Sara Shacter thoughtfully organized the even for the members.  Junko Yokota, Gail Bush, and Toby Rajput were our gracious hosts at the remarkable National Lewis University Center for Teaching through Children’s Books in Skokie, Illinois.

The event was attended by an eager and inquisitive crowd of school librarians, public librarians and teachers. Everyone had an opportunity to learn more about the 20 SCBWI-IL members, their books, and author/illustrator school visit programs.

I was delighted to met Elizabeth Shapiro. Elizabeth was one of the teachers from the Wheeling District 21 who worked the student groups that researched their Brain Colors and discovered the best way for them to learn and how their teacher should teach them.

My “Blue Brain” enjoyed meeting the librarians, seeing  people I knew, and meeting others I only knew from the SCBWI-IL listserv. Sherri Duskey Rinker and I were delighted to see each other, after ongoing emails between us about our connection through her mother. “No one should ever underestimate the power of a mother who markets her daughter’s book!”

Mix & MingleMix ‘n Mingle. The event was thoughtfully organized by author, Sherri and I autographed and exchanged books with one another.
I purchased Sherri’s book, Good Night, Good Night Construction Site
and she purchased What Color Is Your Brain?

I was most grateful for the opportunity to share Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift  and What Color Is Your Brain?. In fact, it was Princess Shayna’s debut event.

My Orange Brain was thrilled with all request about future Author School Visits and my In-Service Staff/Teachers Programs. Book sales were also very good and exciting.

SSheila with Mariaheila with Maria, a Chicago Public School Librarian,
who generously purchase both my books.

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