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SCBWI Ohio Central South: Picture Book Bootcamp

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I’ll be presenting and serving on a panel alongside editor Ariel Richardson of Chronicle Books, art director Amelia Mack of Chronicle Books, and fellow author-illustrators Maria Carluccio and Suzy Ultman at this special Picture Book Bootcamp. I am especially excited about this event since Ariel and Amelia also happen to be MY editor and art director, so this is a rare opportunity for all of us to come together in one place and share our experiences and passion for making children’s books.

Tentative Schedule

10:30-11:00 am – Registration/Breakfast and Welcome

11:00 am-12:00 pm – Presentation on Picture Books by Ariel Richardson, Editor Chronicle Books

12:15-1:15 pm – Presentation on Writing & Illustrating led by Betsy Snyder, Author/Illustrator

1:15-2:15 pm – Working Lunch (attendees bring a project to work on while they eat)

2:15-3:15 pm –  Presentation on Novelty/Board Books & General Submission Advice by Ariel Richardson, Editor Chronicle Books

3:15-3:45 pm – Panel Discussion and Q & A with Amelia Mack, Betsy Snyder, Maria Carluccio and Suzy Ultman, led by Ariel Richardson

4:00-4:30 pm – Book sale with Cover to Cover Bookstore; Book signing and finishing optional critiques

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Firefly Night Storytime (Lakewood, OH)

Join me on Thursday, August 9 at 10am at Play Grounds Family Cafe in Lakewood, OH for a twinkly storytime featuring our favorite night friends—FIREFLIES! I'm celebrating the paperback release of my book IT'S A FIREFLY NIGHT (written by Dianne Ochiltree). I'll have a firefly finger puppet craft to share as well as books on hand for sale and signing (credit card or exact cash please).

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Kids Book Fest (Akron, OH)

Hey book lovers! Join me and other SCBWI authors and illustrators at the Kids Book Fest Saturday, 7/28 at Barnes & Noble (Akron, OH). I'll be doing a story time at 1:30pm and will also be sharing a craft and signing books from 1:00-3:00pm.

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Joining Pictures with Words - SCBWI North


Joining Pictures with Words

Children’s books most often involve the careful balance of pictures and words. Illustrators add their unique perspective to complement the text.

Join us on Saturday, May 19 as two illustrators give us an in-depth look at their craft.

Writers can gain insights on how illustrators evaluate a text and pair it with images. Illustrators can pick up tips and tricks and talk shop with their peers.

The event is FREE to members and non-members, but registration is required so we know how many participants to expect.

We will have time after the presentations to chat and enjoy lunch! You can bring your own, or place an order for boxed lunches (from Jimmy John’s) – details on the registration form.

Betsy Snyder
Author and illustrator Betsy Snyder has twenty years of experience creating products for the children's market. Her award-winning art can be found on everything from greeting cards, baby gifts, stickers, board games, fabric, wallpaper—and children’s books, of course! Since making her publishing debut in 2007, Betsy has worked with a diverse group of publishers, including Penguin Random House, Chronicle Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon & Schuster, Blue Apple Books, and Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing. Her two newest titles, I Can Explore and I Can Dream, will be published by Chronicle Books this May.

Betsy's illustration style is best described as “digital collage”, playfully merging traditional media with digital techniques.

Barry Gott
Barry Gott is the illustrator of dozens of children's books and a scientifically uncountable number of greeting cards. His first picture book as author/Illustrator, "Honk! Splat! Vroom!" was released earlier this year by Lerner Books. He lives and works in Cleveland surrounded by his wife, kids, and an ever growing number of coffee cups.t

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I Can Dream & I Can Explore Book Launch-Columbus, OH

Join author-illustrator threesome Maria Carluccio (Dress Me Up!: A Mix-and-Match Play Book), Suzy Ultman (Masha's World) and Betsy Snyder (I Can Dream and I Can Explore) for a special story and craft time introducing their newest books! Hosted by Cover to Cover Children's Books in Columbus, Ohio. More details to come.


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