Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI AZ PAL Author Showcase and Q&A

Date(s) - 03/27/2021
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Join us in celebrating recent PAL book releases and hearing from the creators in our second SCBWI-AZ Author Showcase and Q&A on Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 1:00 pm-2:15 pm (Phoenix, AZ Time) on Zoom.

This event will spotlight Authors, 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 coordinators Laura Ellen and Dianne White.

Cost: $0.00


Laura Ellen writes YA suspense and thrillers from her home in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has a MA in Children’s Literature and has worked as an assistant editor for a literary magazine and as a teacher in both Language Arts and Special Education. Diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration as a teen, she drew upon her own experiences with vision loss to write her YA thriller BLIND SPOT, an emotional and suspenseful page-turner. She’s been a member of SCBWI since 2000 and currently serves as the YA and MG PAL Coordinator for SCBWI-AZ. For more about Laura Ellen, please visit her website at


Dianne White is the award-winning author of BLUE ON BLUE (Beach Lane Books/ S&S), illustrated by Caldecott medalist, Beth Krommes, GOODBYE BRINGS HELLO, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and WHO EATS ORANGE?, illustrated by Robin Page (Beach Lane Books). GREEN on GREEN, illustrated by Felicita Sala and WALLS, illustrated by Barroux are forthcoming in 2020, with WINTER LULLABY, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki, coming out in 2021. Dianne holds an elementary bilingual teaching credential, a master’s degree in Language and Literacy, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more, visit


Dawn Young graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and later with an MBA.  For years, Dawn worked as an engineer and then as a manager at a large aerospace company, until her creative side called her to pursue her dream of writing children’s books. Her books include Counting Elephants, The Night Baafore Christmas, The Night Baafore Easter, The Night Baafore the First Day of School (June 2021),  and title to be announced, coming fall 2021.

Dawn is also a math enthusiast. When she’s not busy writing and reading, she can be found doing math problems, sometimes just because… In high school, Dawn’s dream was to have a math equation named after her, but now, she believes having her name on the cover of books is a million times better!

Dawn lives with her husband, three children and golden retriever in sunny Arizona. She is an active member of SCBWI and many other children’s writing groups. For more, visit:

Buy it at Changing Hands:  The Night Baafore Easter

Nate Evans is a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of over 40 children’s books. The latest of these is Mother Goose to the Rescue, a picture book co-authored with Stephanie Gwyn Brown. Nate also co-authored Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs with Stephanie Gwyn Brown, as well as Cookiesaurus Rex with Amy Fellner Dominy, and The Jellybeans and the Big Dance with Laura Numeroff. For more, visit


Buy it at Changing Hands: Mother Goose to the Rescue

Jim Paillot has illustrated over 100 children’s books, including the best-selling My Weird School series with Dan Gutman and the Secrets Of A Lab Rat series with Trudi Trueit. Jim and his family live in Arizona with two dogs and almost any other animal that scratches at their front door. For more, visit: 


Buy it at Changing Hands: My Weird School Graphic Novel: Mr. Corbett Is in Orbit!



Judi Moreillon lives in Tucson with her husband, their Standard Poodles Pearl and Teddy (pictured), and two Sonoran Desert tortoises. She has four published children’s books, including her latest board book Please, Don’t Give Me a Hug (Star Bright Books 2021), which was first published on the Make Way for Books app.

In addition to children’s books, Judi has published five professional books for school librarians and classroom teachers. She is a retired graduate-level school librarian and K-8 classroom teacher educator, K-12 school librarian, and literacy coach. She also earned the 2019 Scholastic Library Publishing Award. Learn more at


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