SCBWI Book Talk

Upcoming Book Talk Books


MARCH: We Are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade (PB)
“Water is life,” and this 2021 Caldecott Award winner issues a call to action when a “black snake” of an oil pipeline poisons the water and all it nourishes.


Previous Book Talk Books


Fighting Words, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Upper MG) 2021 – February
The Shortest Day, by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis (PB) 2021 – January
Ways to Make Sunshine, by Renée Watson (MG) 2020 – December
Chirp, by Kate Messner (MG) 2020 – November
The Phantom Twin, by Lisa Brown (GN) 2020 – October
Dig, by A. S. King (YA) 2020 – September
Lovely War, by Julie Berry (YA) 2020 – August
Fry Bread, by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (PB) 2020 – July
The Bridge Home, by Padma Venkatraman (MG) 2020 – June
The Undefeated, written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (PB) 2020 – May
New Kid, by Jerry Kraft (MG) 2020 – April
Dear Sweet Pea, by Julie Murphy (MG) 2020 – March
The Fountains of Silence, by Ruta Sepetys (YA) 2020 – February
Small in the City, by Sydney Smith (PB) 2020 – January
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (YA) 2019 – December
She Made a Monster, by Lynn Fulton and Felicita Sala (PB) 2019 – November
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster, by Jonathan Auxier (MG) 2019 – October
A Big Mooncake for Little Star, by Grace Lin (PB) 2019 – September
A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer (YA) 2019 – August
They Say Blue, by Jillian Tamaki (PB) 2019 – July
The Parker Inheritance, by Varian Johnson (MG) 2019 – June
A Heart in a Body in a World, by Deb Caletti (YA) 2019 – May
Hello Lighthouse, by Sophie Blackall (PB) 2019 – April
Merci Suarez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina (MG) 2019 – March
The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo (YA) 2019 – February
Wolf in the Snow, by Matthew Cordell (PB) 2019 – January
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes (PB) 2018 – December
You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins (YA) 2018 – November
Elizabeth and Zenobia, by Jessica Miller (MG) 2018 – October
The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse, by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (PB) 2018 – September
We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour (YA) 2018 – August
Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly (MG) 2018 – July
Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper (PB) 2018 – June
A Different Pond, by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui (PB) 2018 – May
Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway (YA) 2018 – April
Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds (YA) 2018 – March
All the Wind in the World, by Samantha Mabry (YA) 2018 – February
Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol (PB) 2018 – January
My Sister Rosa, by Justine Larbalestier (YA) 2017 – December
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, by Rita Williams-Garcia (MG) 2017 – November
The One Memory of Flora Bank, by Emily Barr (YA) 2017 – October
Mrs. Bixby’s Last Day, by John David Anderson (MG) 2017 – September
Scythe, by Neal Shusterman (YA) 2017 – August
Du Iz Tak, by Carson Ellis (PB) 2017 – July
Feeedom in Congo Square, by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie (PB) 2017 – June
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill (MG) 2017 – May
The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (YA) 2017 – April
Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk (MG) 2017 – March
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, by Leslie Connor (MG) 2017 – February
Thunder Boy Jr., by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (PB) 2017 – January
Raymie Nightingale, by Kate Dicamillo 2016 – December
Unbecoming, by Jenny Downham (YA) 2016 – November
The Nest, by Kenneth Oppel, with occasional (creepy) illustrations by Jon Klassen. 2016 – October
Waiting, by Kevin Henkes (PB) 2016 – September
The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (MG) 2016 – August
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, by Lindsay Mattock, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (PB) 2016 – July
Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins (PB) 2016 – June
Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby (YA) 2016 – May
Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson (PB) 2016 – April
The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin (MG) 2016 – March
Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan (MG) 2016 – February
Boats for Papa, by Jessixa Baglely (PB) 2016 – January
Dory Fantasmagory, Abby Hanlon (CB) 2015 – December
Evil Librarian, by Michelle Knudson (YA) 2015 – November
The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier (MG) 2015 – October
The Right Word, Roget and His Thesaurus, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (PB) 2015 – September
All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven (YA) 2015 – August
The Adventures of Beekle, (the Unimaginary Friend), written and illustrated by Dan Santat (PB) 2015 – July
I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson (YA) 2015 – June
Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson (MG) 2015 – May
El Deafo, by Cece Bell (MG) 2015 – April
West of the Moon, by Margi Preus (MG) 2015 – March
We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart (YA) 2015 – February
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown (PB 2015 – January
Paperboy, by Vince Vawter(MG) 2014 – December
The Lucy Variations, by Sara Zarr (YA) 2014 – November
Sophie’s Squash, by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf (PB) 2014 – October
Winger, by Andrew Smith (YA) 2014 – September
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, by Meg Medina (YA) 2014 – August
Mr. Wuffles, by David Wiesner (PB) 2014 – July
Doll Bones, by Holly Black (MG) 2014 – June
This is NOT a Good Idea! By Mo Willems (PB) 2014 – May
The Very Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carlson (MG) 2014 – April
Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan (MG) 2014 – March
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz (YA) 2014 – February
The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (PB) 2014 – January
Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell (YA) 2013 – December
Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper (MG) 2013 – November
Up! Tall! and High! by Ethan Long (PB) 2013 – October
Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys (YA) 2013 – September
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate (MG) 2013 – August
This is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen (PB) 2013 – July
Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo (YA) 2013 – June
The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Neilsen (MG) 2013 – May
Wonder, by R. J. Palacio (MG) 2013 – April
Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein (YA) 2013 – March
Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage (MG) 2013 – February
Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys (YA) 2013 – January
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (YA) 2012 – December
The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater (YA) 2012 – November
Redwoods, by Jason Chin (PB) 2012 – October
Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray (YA) 2012 – September
I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen (PB) 2012 – August
Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt (MG) 2012 – July
Anna Hibiscus, by Atinuke, with pictures by Lauren Tobia (CB) 2012 – June
Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (MG) 2012 – May
Blink and Caution, by Tim Wynne-Jones (YA) 2012 – April
LMNO Peas, by Keith Baker (PB) 2012 – March
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin (MG) 2012 – February
Revolver, by Marcus Sedgwick (YA) 2012 – January
The Great Wide Sea, by M.H. Herlong (YA) 2011 – December
A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead (PB) 2011 – November
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia (MG) 2011 – October
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, by Bob Shea (PB) 2011 – September
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson 2011 – August
The Dreamer, by Pam Muñoz Ryan (MG) 2011 – July
Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems (ER) 2011 – June
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games), by Suzanne Collins (YA) 2011 – May
The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson (YA) 2011 – April
The Quiet Book, by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska (PB) 2011 – March
Lips Touch Three Times, by Laini Taylor with illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo (YA) 2011 – February
The Hunchback Assignments, by Arthur Slade (YA) 2011 – January
Waiting for Normal, by Leslie Connor (MG) 2010 – December
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman (YA) 2010 – November
Tiger Moon, by Antonia Michaelis (YA) 2010 – October
What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell (YA) 2010 – September
Masterpiece, by Elise Broach (MG) 2010 – August
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman (MG) 2010 – July
Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta (YA) 2010 – June
Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson (MG) 2010 – May
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson (YA) 2010 – April
A Visitor for Bear, by Bonnie Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton (PB) 2010 – March
Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate (10-14) 2010 – February
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore (YA) 2010 – January
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart (YA) 2009 – December
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld (PB) 2009 – November
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare (MG) 2009 – October
Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic), by Kathleen Duey (YA) 2009 – September
A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban (MG) 2009 – August
Lawn Boy, byGaryPaulson (MG) 2009 – July
Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marillier (YA) 2009 – June
Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis (MG) 2009 – May
Tamar, A Novel o fEspionage, Passion, and Betrayal, by Mal Peet (YA) 2009 – April
Schooled, by Gordon Korman (10-14) 2009 – March
The AbsolutelyTrue Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (YA) 2009 – February
Peak, by Roland Smith (YA) 2009 – January
Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer (YA) 2008 – December
The New Policeman, by Kate Thompson (YA) 2008 – November
The Green Glass Sea, by Ellen Klages (MG) 2008 – October
Babymouse, by Jennifer Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm (ER) 2008 – September
Feed, by M.T. Anderson (YA) 2008 – August
The Star of Kazan, by Eva Ibbotson (MG) 2008 – July
Wonderful Words, and Marvelous Math, both edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Karen Barbour (PB) 2008 – June
Crank, by Ellen Hopkins (YA) 2008 – May
Whittington, by Alan Armstrong, with illustrations by S.D. Schindler (MG) 2008 – April
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic, by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky (CB) 2008 – March
The Killer’s Tears, by Anne-Laure Bondoux (YA) 2008 – February
Inexcusable, by Chris Lynch (YA) 2008 – January
The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan (MG) 2007 – December
Firegirl, by Tony Abbott (MG) 2007 – November
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by JK Rowling (10-14) 2007 – October
American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang (YA) 2007 – September
The Body of Christopher Creed, by Carol Plum-Ucci (YA) 2007 – August
Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis (PB) 2007 – July
Sold, by Patricia McCormick (YA) 2007 – June
Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker, pictures by Marla Frazee (CB) 2007 – May
The Book Thief, by Marcus Zuzak (YA) 2007 – April
Dairy Queen, by Catherine Murdock (YA) 2007 – March
Sabriel, by Garth Nix (YA) 2007 – February
Beauty, by Robin McKinley (YA) 2007 – January
Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve (YA) 2006 – December
The Schwa Was Here, by Neal Shusterman (MG) 2006 – November
Looking for Alaska, by John Green (YA) 2006 – October
Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer (YA) 2006 – September
Chicken Boy, by Frances O’Roark Dowell (MG) 2006 – August
Magic or Madness, by Justine Larbalestier (YA) 2006 – July
Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld (YA) 2006 – June
Eyes of the Emperor, by Graham Salisbury (YA) 2006 – May
The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall (MG) 2006 – April
Whales on Stilts, by M. T. Anderson (MG) 2006 – March
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt (10-14) 2006 – February
The Boy Who Saved Baseball, by John H. Ritter (MG) 2006 – January
How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff (YA) 2005 – December
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by JK Rowling (10-14) 2005 – November
The BartemiousTrilogy: TheAmuletofSamarkand, by Jonathan Stroud (YA) 2005 – October
Rules of the Road, by Joan Bauer (YA) 2005 – September
The Canning Season, by Polly Horvath (YA) 2005 – August
Silent to the Bone, by E.L. Konigsburg (10-14) 2005 – July
Saffy’s Angel, by Hillary McKay (MG) 2005 – June
Bloody Jack, Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy, by L. A. Meyer (YA) 2005 – May
Snow Music, by Lynne Rae Perkins (PB) 2005 – April
Troy, by Adele Geras (YA) 2005 – March
The City of Ember, by Jeannette DuPrau (MG) 2005 – February
Good Night, Mr. Tom, by Michelle Magorian (YA) 2005 – January
The Cat Who Wanted to Be a Man, by Lloyd Alexander (MG) 2004 – December
Kit’s Wilderness, by David Almond (YA) 2004 – November
A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray (YA) 2004 – October
The Giggler Treatment, by Roddy Doyle (MG) 2004 – September
The Magic Circle, by Donna Jo Napoli (YA) 2004 – August
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom, by Louis Sachar (MG) 2004 – July
A Tale of Time City, by Diana Wynne Jones (10-14) 2004 – June
The Green Book, by Jill Paton Walsh (CB) 2004 – May
Stoner & Spaz, by Ron Koertge (YA) 2004 – April
Catwings, by Ursula LeGuin (CB) 2004 – March
A Step from Heaven, by An Na (YA) 2004 – February
Emily Dickinson’s Letters to the World, by Jeanette Winter (PB) 2004 – January
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling (10-14) 2003 – December
Well Wished, by Franny Billingsly (MG) 2003 – November

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