SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

EIGHT AND UNDER GROUP FACILITATORS

MEET OUR GROUP FACILITATORS ~~

Adrienne Wright grew up in South Africa, attended art college in Johannesburg and worked in advertising agencies there and in the US as a graphic designer and art director, before turning to illustration.

She is a long-time member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, where she served as the Illustrator Coordinator for the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter. She won the Work of Outstanding Progress Award from SCBWI for the manuscript that became her debut picture book, HECTOR: A BOY, A PROTEST, AND THE PHOTOGRAPH THAT CHANGED APARTHEID, published by Page Street Kids. HECTOR has received numerous excellent reviews and acknowledgments, among them starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA’s Booklist; 2020 ALA (ALSC) Notable Children’s Book; Kirkus Reviews Best of 2019 (Middle Grade Biographies & Memoirs); 2019 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection; Bank Street College 2020 List of The Best Children’s Books of the Year, and is included on the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) Best Books of 2019 list. HECTOR was also chosen as the 2020 Best Book for Young Children by Children’s Africana Book Award (CABA).

Adrienne lives in Gulph Mills, PA, where deer and other dears traipse through her garden.

 

 

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Heather Stigall uses her experience with children and her degrees in Child Development, Psychology-based Human Relations, and Social Work to create stories that speak to kids. She is the Critique Group/Meet & Greet Coordinator for the Eastern PA SCBWI Chapter, a member of the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge, and a parent to five children and one pup. When she’s not writing, you can find Heather hanging out with her kids (hopefully at the beach), reading, eating chocolate, baking, or creating an assortment of all sorts of treasures. Her debut picture book, PAISLEY’S BIG BIRTHDAY (Clavis Publishing), is due out fall 2022 (Dutch)/spring 2023 (English), and her second picture book is yet to be announced.

You can connect with Heather through her agent, Beth Marshea, at Ladderbird Literary, her website, HeatherPierceStigall.weebly.com, and her social media links at https://linktr.ee/HeatherStigall 

 

 

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Hillary Daecher has been writing short stories since she was a child. Her authorial-debut children’s picture book, SOAR, was released in 2020 by Schiffer Kids. Her second book, THE NIGHTMARE BUG, will be released in August of 2022. As a child Hillary experienced terrible nightmares herself, so she is hopeful this book will help empower children to overcome their fears. Hillary is a graduate of the University of Delaware and resides in Lititz, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children. Visit her website at hillarydaecher.com.

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer Raudenbush lives in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania with her husband, teenage son, and West Highland white terrier. Jen’s lyrical debut picture book, IN THE PALM OF MY HAND, is scheduled to publish in March 2023, Running Press Kids (Hachette). She also writes middle grade and poetry, and is agented by Natascha Morris at the Tobias Literary Agency. At Inked Voices, she leads weekly community write-ins and manages a middle grade writers’ online critique group. She’s a member of two active picture book critique groups, the 12×12 Challenge, and SCBWI, where she leads monthly write-ins. Jen has been accepted into the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature One-on-One Plus Conference, won a picture book mentorship in the Writing why the Stars contest, and published poetry in Cricket children’s magazine and the 10.10 Poetry Anthology.

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Jessica Whipple is a writer for adults and children. Her debut picture book titled ENOUGH will be published Spring 2023 by Tilbury House, and another titled I THINK I THINK A LOT is forthcoming in 2023 by Free Spirit Publishing. Her poetry has been published by both print and online literary magazines, and she is a DIY contributor to Wildflowers Magazine. She lives in Lancaster. To see more of her work, visit www.AuthorJessicaWhipple.com or follow her on Twitter @JessicaWhippl17. 

 

 

 

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Julie Fortenberry  has an MFA from Hunter College. Her abstract paintings have been in the Whitney Museum of American Art. But for the last 17 years she’s been painting for preschoolers and kindergarteners. She illustrated Eve Bunting’s Pirate Boy, and a series of Sydney Taylor Notable books by Rabbi Jamie Korngold. She is the author and illustrator of Darcy’s First Sleepover, Pearl Goes to Preschool, The Artist and the King, Grandpa and Jake, and Lily’s Cat Mask which received a Kirkus starred review and was added to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nadine Poper is the librarian at the Amanda Stout Elementary School in Reading, PA. She is the author of several children’s books, including RANDALL AND RANDALL, a story about embracing each other’s peculiarities which is a Kirkus Blue Star recipient and PORCUPETTE AND MOPPET, a clever lesson about situational awareness. She is a member of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, where she acts as a committee member for the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards. She lives in Berks County, PA with her husband. She is a mom of three amazing young men and 2 dachshunds. Visit Nadine online at www.nadinepoper.weebly.com, on Facebook @ Nadinebooks and on Twitter at @NadinePoper 

 

 

 

 

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Rona Shirdan is the founder of Writing with EEEs, providing one-on-one service to empower, equip, and encourage picture book writers on their writing journey. She is a freelance writer, editor, and coach with a love of picture books and a passion for supporting new writers. She is committed to the process of peace building in the areas of social justice and diversity. Rona wants all children to feel seen and valued through the books they read, while also learning to appreciate others with different experiences. She is the Customer Experience Coordinator and Ambassador for the Highlights Foundation, and serves as Co-Regional Advisor for the Eastern PA chapter of SCBWI. Rona is a member of the Author’s Guild,  ACFW, AWSA, and the 12 x 12 Challenge. She has two grown sons and lives near Philadelphia with her husband, and her cat named Lola.

Her published work is curriculum with Union Gospel Press and a leveled reader, Wangari Maathai: Mother of Trees (Benchmark Education, Fall 2022).

Visit Rona at: www.ronashirdan.com, and on Twitter at @RonaShirdan

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Rose Cappelli is a former teacher and reading specialist. She is a fellow of the PA Writing and Literature Project and currently serves as co-chair of the Keystone State Literacy Association’s Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Committee. Rose is a member of SCBWI, the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge, Inked Voices, and Courage to Create. Her publishing experience includes co-authoring several professional books for teachers on the use of mentor texts in teaching writing, all published by Stenhouse Publishers: Mentor Texts, Nonfiction Mentor Texts, and Poetry Mentor Texts. Her poem, “Can You Wiggle Like a Worm?” appears in the poetry anthology HOP TO IT: Poems to Get You Moving by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books October, 2020). She also has a poem in Vardell and Wong’s recent alphabet anthology Things We Feel (2022). Rose was a finalist in the 2022 #Picture Book Party showcase.

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Wendy Greenley is a former microbiologist and attorney. She is an active member and critique group facilitator for the Eastern PA SCBWI and Inked Voices, and a member of Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 picture book challenge. She completed the Picture Book Super Boot Camp at the Highlights Foundation with Denise Fleming and Pat Cummings, and the Nuts & Bolts of Science Writing with Jen Swanson and Miranda Paul. She writes mostly picture book fiction but was a 2022 PBParty finalist with a nonfiction PB manuscript.

Her writing awards include First Places in Writing for Juveniles at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, author Susanna Leonard Hill’s fractured fairy tale contest and the Smuckers & Jif jingle contest. In addition to technical writing, her writing credits include seven stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul books (and one on their dog food bags!) and the picture book Lola Shapes the Sky, illustrated by Paolo Domeniconi (Creative Editions). Kirkus’ review of this celebration of self-esteem and creativity says, “Lola’s attitude inspires confidence in one’s imaginative abilities to pursue life’s aspirations.”