Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Tokyo Sketch and Word Crawl–Winter Stories

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Date(s) - 01/19/2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Book House Café
〒101-0051 東京都千代田区神田神保町2-5 北沢ビル1F - Tokyo,


SCBWI Japan Sketch and Word Crawl in Jinbocho, Tokyo

with a focus on Winter Stories

Time:  Sunday, January 19, 2020, 11:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Place:  Meet at Book House Café, Kitazawa building 1F, 2-5 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, a 1-minute walk from Jimbocho Station,  A1 exit

Fee:  Free, but bring money for individual purchases of café drinks/food/books.

Bring:  Notebooks, sketchbooks, pens, pencils, etc. (optional—winter books)

Reservations: Please email japan (at) to let us know if you will attend.

For this urban Sketch and Word Crawl, we’ll focus on winter stories. Before our meeting (or on your way to our meeting), think of some winter story ideas and draft or sketch a few scenes OR create a storyboard for a winter story OR make some preliminary sketches for a picture book story that takes place during the winter season OR translate a winter children’s poem or story OR start writing your winter verse novel OR . . . .

We will meet at Book House Café, which opens at 11:00 a.m. We will start by talking about our sketches, writing and translations and sharing some winter books while enjoying cafe drinks/food, and then we’ll browse the bookshop.

To prepare, before our meeting, find and read one or two (or more!) of these books, or select your own children’s or MG/YA books set during winter:



  • ゆきがやんだら (The Snow Day) by Komako Sakai
  • 手ぶくろを買いに (Buying Mittens) by Nankichi Niimi, illustrated by Kuroi Ken (or other versions)
  • もりのおくのおちゃかいへ (The Tea Party in the Woods) by Akiko Miyakoshi
  • チリとチリリ:ゆきのひのはなし Chirri and Chirra, The Snowy Day by Kaya Doi, translated by Yuki Kaneko
  • 14 ひきのさむいふゆ and Hooray for Winter by Kazuo Iwamura
  • Good Night, Wind: A Yiddish Folk Tale by Linda Elovitz Marshall, illustrated by Maëlle Doliveux
  • Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
  • Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
  • First Snow by Bomi Park
  • Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones
  • A New Year’s Reunion (Chinese) by Yu Li-Qiong and Zhu Cheng-Liang
  • Over and Under the Snow, by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
  • The Wish Tree by Kyo MacLear, illustrated by Chris Turnham
  • Brave Irene by William Steig
  • Owl Moon 月夜のミミズク by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
  • Winter Town by Stephen Emond


AND here are ten prompt words to help you generate sketches, poems and stories, or for searching Japanese bookstore shelves for children’s poems or stories to translate. You can play with these words at home before the event or on your way to Book House Café. Feel free to write or sketch or translate with any or all of these 10 prompt words:











Bring your writing, sketches and translations to our Sketch and Word Crawl on Sunday, January 19! We look forward to sharing our wintry ideas!