Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Emergent Readers

Date(s) - 11/12/2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SCBWI Dakotas is pleased to offer the following webinar:

Emergent Readers with Author, Ann Ingalls.

Want to Write an Emergent Reader?
How will you do it? Don’t be fooled. It’s harder than it looks. Before you begin, read as many of them as you can. Study them. Analyze them. Imagine you are telling your story to a young child. Keep the language simple.  Grab your reader’s attention with the first line or two.  Do it with language that is familiar and interesting. Choose a topic that has universal appeal to children.  Now, read your book out loud over and over again. Work it and rework it until it sings.

The last 30-minutes will be devoted to your specific questions.

About the Instructor:

Ann Ingalls passes the day exaggerating (writing fiction) or telling the truth (writing nonfiction). She has written nearly fifty books for young readers. Titles include J is for JazzBiggety Bat: Hot Diggety!,  Ice Cream Soup, Fairy Floss: The Sweet Story of Cotton Candy!,and The Twelve Days of Christmas in Missouri, Pencil: A Story with a Point!, Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly, and Tip and Tucker: Road Trip! And Tip and Tucker: Hide and Squeak which she co-authored with Sue Lowell Gallion. Ann is happy to report that of the nearly 9000 entries, J is for Jazz won Graphic Design USA’s 2015 Award and the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation’s “A Book Just for Me!” Ann lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, Winston.

TIME AND DATE: November 12, 2020 at 7:30 P.M. (CST)

The fee for the webinar is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. (Non-members, if you would like to become a member prior to registering, go to

Members: Login to get the discounted rate.  

The fee includes access to a recording of the webinar, so if you can’t participate live, register in order to view the recording. Registered attendees will be emailed a link for the webinar prior to the live event. A link to the recording will be sent to you a few days after the event and will be accessible for a period of one month. There will be NO refunds for this event.

Please note: You must use PayPal to pay for your registration even if you do not have a PayPal account. Simply sign in as a guest. The payment may appear on your credit card bill as SOCIETYCHIL. Questions: email

Getting to the Webinar:

You will receive a link to the webinar two to three days prior to the event. This will come as an email from Dakotas@SCBWI.ORG and will be addressed to Dakotas@SCBWI.ORG (to protect your personal email address). Please check your junk mail if you do not receive the link by the day prior to the event. The night of the webinar, simply click on the link. You may be asked to download the ZOOM program. This is perfectly safe to do and allows you access to the presentation.