October 10th marks the opening of Book Blast season at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators–SCBWI for short, or Skib-whee for even shorter. Hundreds of new 2016 books are on virtual display for the next six weeks, just in time for holiday season shopping for all the readers in your life. 

I’m proud to have a page in the Book Blast, which can be viewed at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=418923 

Have a blast with SCBWI
Have a blast with SCBWI

Drop by the page, leave a message on the guestbook, and be sure to click the heart icon to “like” the blast and hear a special audio effect. And while you’re there, I’ve placed a “preview” button on the page that will give you advance access to the first two chapters of The Amorphous Assassin before the book goes on sale in November.

Then check out some other great children’s authors and illustrators having a blast this season:

  • My 2k7 classmate, Jay Asher, is having a blast with his newest book, What Light, at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=410954
  • Tracy Barrett is having a blast with The Song of Orpheus, a non-traditional collection of lesser-known tales from Greek mythology at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=413044
  • Christopher Cheng, one of the coolest Australian authors I know, is having a blast with his Chinese New Year themed picture book, New Year Surprise! at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=422505
  • Mary Cronk Farrell is having a blast with Fannie Never Flinched, a biography of pioneering labor rights activist Fannie Sellins at http://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=414134
  • Janet Fox is having a very spooky blast with The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, just in time for Halloween at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=413249
  • My friend and fellow Spellbound River Press author, Stacy Mozer, is having a blast with the new edition of her middle grade baseball book, The Sweet Spot at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=413427
  • Lin Oliver is cool and funny in person and also in her books! She’s having a blast with Danger! Tiger Crossing, the first book in a new series that literally throws kids into some of the greatest paintings in art history, and she’s having another blast with co-author Henry “Ayyyyyyy!” Winkler with The Soggy Foggy Campout, Book #8 in the Here’s Hank series.
  • Linda Sue Park is having a blast with Forest of Wonders, the opening book to her new Wing & Claw series at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=417644
  • Ruth Sanderson is having a blast with her illustrations of George MacDonald’s Victorian fairy tale, The Golden Key, at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=413290
  • Linda Urban is having a blast with her new chapter book, Weekends with Max and his Dad, at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=419220
  • Lisa Yee is having a blast with the Supergirl-focused volume of her amazingly cool DC-licensed Super Hero High series at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=419222
  • Cheryl Zach is having a blast with the opening volume of a cool-looking historical romance set against the United States Civil War at https://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-display/?id=414634

…and many more can be found at http://www.scbwi.org/bookblast!

October 16th Update: More Book Blasts have been added, so I’ve added to my list as well. Enjoy!