Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators



Special Assistance for Persons with Disabilities
If you have a disability and need any special assistance to enjoy the event’s online programming, please email the Co-Regional Advisor to ask for assistance for your particular needs.

Choose Your Pronoun
During registration for the event, you may choose your pronoun. Normally, we would feature your pronouns on your event name tag. This year, please feel free to indicate your pronouns in your Zoom name and introduce yourself with them when asking a question or making a comment so that our community can address you properly and respectfully.


Many Voices of SCBWI in the SCBWI-Illinois Interactive Online Bookstore

We invite BIPOC and every member or faculty writer, illustrator and translator who identifies as diverse, to request to be included in the Many Voices of SCBWI book category featured in our online conference bookstore. This special digital collection will identify and celebrate books created by SCBWI members who identify as diverse.

We use the #WeNeedDiverseBooks definition of diversity.  Please read our SCBWI Statement of Intent on Equity & Inclusion.

To participate, see ONLINE BOOKSTORE at right.



Since 1997, SCBWI-IL has been collecting books for donation to this Illinois community library.  The pandemic has brought new and additional challenges to the children that rely on their services.  Despite this, Benld continues to provide books and meals to it’s underserved child patrons.  The library has no budget to purchase new books to support its reading program.

To continue our Region’s long-standing tradition, please add a $5 donation to your registration to support the purchase of new books for the Children’s Room at FRANK BERTETTI BENLD PUBLIC LIBRARY.
For more information about SCBWI-IL’s 30+ years of supportclick here.



KidLit Nation Scholarships

2020 SCBWI-Illinois Interactive is partnering with the not-for-profit KidLit Nation, whose mission is to help educate and provide opportunities for BIPOC writers and illustrators and connect them to resources and opportunities from around the publishing industry. Once again for 2020, KidLit Nation is generously funding up to 5 scholarships for BIPOC writers and illustrators. 

Guidelines for Application through September 6 will be posted on


Equity & Inclusion Social

We welcome you to attend our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Social, during which diverse members and allies can connect, share experiences, and generate ideas regarding future diversity programming for SCBWI-IL. No need to register in advance — just join in!

Hosted by our new SCBWI-IL Equity & Inclusion Team Chairperson, Jacqueline Alcántara.


2020 SCBWI-IL Diverse New Member Pathway Winner: Erica Thomas

6 writers or illustrators with different shades of skin tones, including 1 wearing an LGBTQ+ Pride rainbow scarf & one with a Seeing Eye dog, all moving among giant books.SCBWI-Illinois’ Diverse New Member Pathway, intended to increase diversity among children’s book creators and members of SCBWI, is in its fourth year.  Free application is open to any Illinois children’s writer/illustrator with a diverse background, who has never been an SCBWI member.

Winner Erica Thomas has received a one-year SCBWI membership, a scholarship to 2020 SCBWI-Illinois interactive and a written manuscript critique or portfolio review at the conference.

Please help us celebrate Erica, who is giving back to our community in joining our SCBWI-IL Diversity Committee–thanks, Erica!

Look for new information about SCBWI-IL DNMP Winter 2020.


Questions about SCBWI-Illinois Interactive Equity & inclusion Initiatives?: Email Deborah Topolski