Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Congratulations to our members!

LYLE-CROCODILE-ENG-COV-MediumCongratulations to illustrator Joan Rankin on the publication of LYLE THE CROCODILE by Dianne Stewart (Jacana 2016)

Available in Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu.

Congratulations to these members who made the Bookchat List of Highly Commended books published in 2016

Picture books

Mr Hare meets Mr Mandela by Chris van Wyk, illustrated by Paddy Bouma (Jacana)
Nombululo and the Moth by Susie Dinneen, illustrated by Maja Serada (Puffin)

Books for older readers

Elevation 1: The thousand steps by Helen Brain (Human & Rousseau)


Bookchat Books of the Year 2016

Jay Heale has chosen only two. One of these was illustrated by SCBWI Committee Member Joan Rankin. This is how Jay describes the book:

 THE AFRICAN ORCHESTRA by Wendy Hartmann & Joan Rankin (Jacana) – capturing and enrapturing the sounds of Africa through magnificent teamwork from author and artist