Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI AZ PAL Author/Illustrator Showcase and Q & A

Date(s) - 12/03/2022
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Join us in celebrating recent PAL book releases and hearing from the creators in our next SCBWI-AZ Author/Illustrator Showcase and Q&A on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 1:00 pm-2:15 pm (Phoenix, AZ Time) on Zoom.

This event will spotlight authors and illustrators, who will introduce themselves and their books, and provide attendees the opportunity to get answers to their general publishing questions.

This free event will be moderated by PAL coordinator Dianne White and Amy Trueblood.

Cost: $0.00


Dianne White is the author of numerous picture books, including the award-winning, Blue on Blue, illustrated by Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes, and Green on Green, illustrated by Felicita Sala (Beach Lane/S&S). Recent and forthcoming publications include Winter Lullaby, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki (Candlewick Press), Look and Listen: Who’s in the Garden, Meadow, Brook? illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford, and Dark on Light, illustrated by Felicita Sala (Beach Lane/S&S, December 6, 2022). Find her at


Amy Trueblood grew up in Southern California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. Her debut novel, Nothing But Sky was a Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild selection. Her second book, Across a Broken Shore, also a JLG selection, recently won the Gold Medal for Historical Fiction in both the Independent Publisher Book Awards and Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. It is also an American Library Association RISE pick for best feminist fiction in children’s literature. Find her at




Lori Alexander moved to Tucson in 2000 when her husband began a Ph.D. program at University of Arizona. She wasn’t sure about the desert at first but the saguaros won her over. She has two teens who love books almost as much as she does. Lori has written picture books like BACKHOE JOE and MINI MIGHTY SWEEPS (Harper), as well as the board books YOU ARE GETTING SLEEPY and the FUTURE BABY series (Scholastic). She also writes non-fiction chapter books, such as the Sibert Honor ALL IN A DROP, as well as A SPORTING CHANCE, and the upcoming WHAT’S A GERM, JOSEPH LISTER? all from Harper/Clarion. Lori loves to chat about writing and has volunteered as host of the Tucson KidLit Mingle since 2016. Find her at

BOOK STORE BOOK LINK: You Are Getting Sleepy –
BOOK STORE BOOK LINK: Mini Mighty Sweeps –

Monica Brown is the award-winning author of the Lola Levine chapter book series and many magic, multicultural picture books for children, including Waiting for the Biblioburro, and  Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina. Her picture book biographies include Tito Puente: Mambo King/ Tito Puente: Rey del mambo, Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People/Poeta del Pueblo, and Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos. Monica’s books have been featured in the NYTimes, The Washington Post, and on NPR’s All Things Considered and have received multiple starred reviews. She is the recipient of two Américas Award and the Christopher Award among others. Recent picture books by Monica include Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano/ Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello and Small Room, Big Dreams: The Journey of Julián and Joaquin Castroillustrated by Mirelle Ortega. 2022 brought the publication of She Persisted: Diana Taurasi and The Turquoise Room/El Cuarto Turquesa at the Texas Book Festival, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia!  Find her at

BOOK STORE BOOK LINK: The Turquoise Room / El Cuarto Turquesa –

Kelly deVos is from Gilbert, Arizona where she can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection. Her work has been featured in the New  York Times and her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane, was named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by Reader’s Digest magazine. Her book, Eat Your Heart Out, is a current nominee for the Georgia Peach Book Award. Find her at


Lisa Gerin is a former elementary librarian and high school teacher with a Masters’ degree in Education. She had a satisfying career working with children, teaching reading and writing to grades PreK through 12 in New York and New Jersey. She writes creative nonfiction and especially loves writing biography. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, but was raised in New York City. Lisa loves animals and nature, especially her rescue kittens, Thor and Cleo.Her current release is a biography of scientist Rosalind Franklin, ROSALIND LOOKED CLOSER: AN UNSUNG HERO OF MOLECULAR SCIENCE (Beaming Books). It is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection and was recently featured on NPR’s Arizona Spotlight.  Find her at

BOOK STORE BOOK LINK: Rosalind Looked Closer –

Cynthia Harmony is an author and educational psychologist, originally from Mexico City. She has published for the educational market and was awarded the 2020 WNDB Mentorship. Her debut picture book MI CIUDAD SINGS, in Spanish MI CIUDAD CANTA, is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Her board book OUR WORLD: MEXICO published by Barefoot Books, releases Spring 2023. Her upcoming book A FLICKER OF HOPE (2024) will be released simultaneously in English and Spanish by Viking PRH. Find her at



Sarah Noble is an author/illustrator of picture books. Growing up surrounded by mountains, she has long been inspired by nature and wildlife, which reflects strongly in her work. Sarah earned a masters in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art in the UK, where she also discovered the simple joy of custard cremes. When she isn’t drawing or crafting stories, Sarah enjoys reading, watching horror films, thunderstorms, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her dog, Sadie, and her cat, Nyx.  Find her at

BOOK STORE BOOK LINK: The Perfect Rock –

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