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Liz Garton Scanlon releases newest picture book

Liz Garton Scanlon author photo against green trees background

Liz Garton Scanlon

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Liz Garton Scanlon on the publication of her fifteenth picture book, I Want a Boat! It launched on June 22nd from Neal Porter Books by way of a BookPeople Zoom event with the illustrator, Kevan Atteberry.

The story follows a girl who uses her imagination to transform a simple cardboard box into a magical boat aCover of Liz Garton Scanlon's 'I Want a Boat!' features a girl in a cardboard boat with a green sail and three stuffed animals, sailing across a turquoise sea in which a pink fish and green turtle are visible.nd set off on a high-seas journey.

Liz writes, “The book—built entirely on repeating couplets that start with ‘I have…’ and ‘I want…’—is a celebration of empty boxes, imagination, and adventure.” Liz talks more about the book (and who it’s dedicated to) here, on her visit to the YouTube series “This One’s Dedicated To…”, run by Austin-based kidlit authors Chris Barton and Jennifer Ziegler.

Congrats, Liz!