JambaLAya Kidlit 2022 wrapped us last weekend. So why do we attend SCBWI conferences? To learn from the best and the brightest. This year picture book author/illustrator Leslie Staub, “Arc and Refrain”; middle grade and picture book author Marti Dumas, “The Writer’s Journey”; agent Saba Sulaiman from Talcott Notch Literary “Tackling (and Surviving!) the Query Trenches”; and publisher Scott Campbell from Pelican Publishing/Arcadia, “A Conversation,” (interviewed by me), presented their topics on different aspects of children’s literature — shedding light and imparting wisdom on that phenomenal industry that is kidlit. Can’t wait to attend the next SCBWI Conference!