It's Christmas is listed on the US Children's Book Council's reading list for seasonal holidays!
The exuberant and lovely author Deb Abela gave a keynote speech and reading (I love how her vibrant voice comes through in her writing. She always sounds like she's having such fun creating her stories), and I was able to catch-up with many friends, including Susanne Gervay, Chris Cheng, Sarah Davis, Jeni Mawter, Sue Whiting, Lachlan Creagh, and authors Sue Walker and Aleesah Darlinson, and illustrator (and ex-Disney colleague!) Serena Geddes!
I also finally got to see the SCBWI Hope Card - a gesture organised by Susanne and Jan Latta for the victims of the devastating 2008 Victorian bushfires. It's a compilation of illustrations and writing from SCBWI members from around the globe, all with a message of hope and love for the children. I was honoured to have my illustration chosen as the cover.