#SCBWIATX16 Book List: 25 Books to Make You a Better Writer

Artwork by Misha Blaise

Artwork by Misha Blaise

Just wrapped up day one of the two-day 2016 Austin SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Writers and Illustrators Working Conference, and wow. There is so much for me to take in. I can't even try to summarize it tonight. Plus, we're not done yet!

So for now, a quick list of all the books that were recommended/referenced in the panels, breakouts and keynotes I heard today:

About Writing by Samuel Delaney

Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer

Odyssey by Homer

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton

Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

Locke & Key by Joe Hill

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The Disappearances by Emily Baine Murphy

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Finding Paris by Joy Preble

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall

Dear Genius by Ursula Nordstrom

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. by John Donovan

And for a list of today's speakers, see here.

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