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The Global Community for Children’s Book Creators

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators provides the resources, professional networking, and community-building opportunities that support writers, illustrators, and translators throughout their careers.

Upcoming Events

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Summer Virtual Conference: REGISTRATION OPEN!

Join in a vibrant digital environment of 50 sessions that will uplift, inspire, and support you in creating impactful stories for children.


UNBanning Books Panel: REGISTER NOW!

This free digital Zoom on August 1 will feature Betsy Gomez, Arthur Levine, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Lee Rowland, and Kyle Zimmer

Explore opportunities

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Member benefits

Curated resources and information on how to navigate children’s book publishing and enhance your writing, translation, and illustration.

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Global Regional Chapters

Find your community close to home. Connect with local members for critiques, networking and more.

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Awards and grants

Let your talent shine or enter for some financial and skills-related support.

Community news


Congratulations DrawThis Winners! June Prompt: Barbecue

Congratulations to our #SCBWIDrawThis winners! Practice your craft and build you portfolio by participating in monthly art prompts. Member Illustrators can post their DrawThis! entries on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #SCBWIDrawThis to enter and have your art seen by industry pros.


Listen to the SCBWI Podcast now!

Hear from industry pros and celebrated authors, illustrators, and translators about their journey to publication, their craft, and their creative process.

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This month's featured illustrator - Mirelle Ortega

Get to know this month’s illustrator – their techniques, how they got started, and how they navigate the publishing industry.


A Message from SCBWI's Executive Director

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VIDEO REPLAY - Free People Read Freely: How Children's Book Creatives Can Fight Book Banning

Video of the October 5th webinar with Joyce McIntosh, Assistant Program Director for the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), an organization dedicated to First Amendment education, litigation, and advocacy. Joyce discusses ways that creators of books for children, teens, and young adults can address the current surge in challenges to books for young people.

Stay Connected

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SCBWI Podcast

Catch up on our weekly podcast, featuring interviews with publishing professionals as well as award-winning writers, illustrators, and translators. New episodes every Thursday!

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The Official SCBWI Blog

Hosted by Lee Wind and monthly guest-bloggers, the SCBW Blog contains industry news, interviews, and in-depth posts addressing everything from book promotion, to school visits, timely issues and more! Two new posts each week!

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Our YouTube channel features everything, from how-to guides to help you navigate to archival footage of the greatest kid lit creators of all time. Check in monthly for our interviews with SCBWI Featured Illustrators.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our new site

Get excited! This new site will allow us to provide more to our members and the entire children’s book community.

Membership benefits

Jump into a quick overview of the benefits that SCBWI members can enjoy.

Common questions

Here you'll find a list of our most frequently asked questions.

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Donate to SCBWI

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to foster public appreciation of children’s books and to support the vibrant community of people who create and promote them.