Team Australia Final Pics


Elizabeth Rivera chose he Monster Under the Table

About the book:

The Monster Under the Dinner Table is a 486 word picture book manuscript aimed at ages 2-8. Picky eater Jack is happy to let the monster under his dining room table gobble his unwanted food for him, until the monster also eats the food Jack likes. Somehow he’ll have to stop the monster and defend his dinner (even if it’s got mushrooms).

About the author:

Marianna Cockcroft is a freelance writer and editor whose articles can be found in New Jersey Monthly magazine,, and The Record newspaper. In addition to 12 x 12, she is a member of NJSCBWI and Women Who Write, based in New Jersey.


 Holly Lowell chose Mario Defario

 About the book:

MARIO DEFARIO is a 370 word picture book. Mario DeFario is a playful, creative boy who would rather be outside helping his Granny in the garden than anywhere else. When the dirt builds up on him so thick that plants of all sorts begin taking root, his Granny announces his bath time. But Mario revolts in a stormy fit. He doesn’t want to go inside. Especially for bath time. So he convinces Granny to let him bathe in the yard with the garden hose, but he ends up making a mud puddle instead. And for Mario DeFario, mud puddles are way more fun than being clean.

About the author:

Holly Collingwood is a freelance writer in Colorado and has written parenting stories for The Greeley Tribune, Mamalode and Rocky Parenting. She has a BA in English, and a MBA. She has worked in the marketing industry for more than fifteen years.

Holly can be found on Twitter @WriteColl)


Tracey Cox chose Operation Photobomb

OPERATION PHOTOBOMB, a 360- word picture book for ages 4-8. Monkey finds a camera and a knack for photography in the rainforest. Unfortunately, cheeky Chameleon also gains a new hobby-photobombing. The animals attempt to stop him, but Chameleon is tricky, nimble and has 360- degree vision. He also has a secret weapon—camouflage. The animals hatch an unconventional plan that Chameleon (and readers) won’t see coming.

About the author:

Tara Luebbe is a member of SCBWI and a former children’s bookstore owner.


As a team we chose The Story Box as our alternative

About the book:

THE STORY BOX, a picture book for children ages 5 and up. The book highlights the idea that adventure (and story prompts!) can be found right around the corner, even in the urban landscape, and explores the heartfelt connection between a child and her grandmother.

Tamara, an African-American girl, and her grandmother create imaginary stories from the ordinary objects they find near the city park. Gum wrapper! Acorn! Bottle cap! The stories Tamara creates include pirate adventures, alien spaceships, and modern-day dinosaurs. She treasures the eclectic items they find and keeps them in a “story box” in her bedroom.

About the Author:

Jennifer Mary G is a former teacher turned education writer that has worked with publishers such as McGraw-Hill and The College Board. Most recent publications include a non-fiction short with Empty Sink Publishing and a poem in the December 2015 issue of From the Depths, a literary journal. She is a member of SCBWI.

You read more about Jennifer @


Twitter: @JenniferMaryG


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