Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-IL OP & Bolingbrook Networks host Kate Hannigan

Date(s) - 05/14/2020
7:00 pm

Finding Our Jam:


Fiction or Nonfiction? Series or Standalone?
Graphic Novels?


Exploring the Genres That Get Us Most Excited About Writing for Young Readers

Whether it’s contemporary issues that motivate us or a love for historical research, a drive to make kids laugh or a desire to help them navigate painful challenges — we all bring a variety of passions to our projects. Join Golden Kite winning author Kate Hannigan in talking about tapping what excites us most about the power of children’s literature and how we can bring those passions to our craft.

Networks are usually a terrific opportunity to see your colleagues, but now we’re converting to online meetings so you can stay safe at home and enjoy seeing them virtually! Registered attendees will be sent a link to join in the program one day before the event.  Webinars are open to individuals only and the rate is per-person.  SCBWI-IL is a non-profit — please play fair so that we might continue to support our speakers and SCBWI-IL Network programming!


Networks’ Guest, Kate Hannigan

Chicago children’s author Kate Hannigan writes fiction and nonfiction. Her standalone historical mystery THE DETECTIVE’S ASSISTANT (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) won the 2016 Golden Kite Award for middle-grade. Her new historical fantasy series THE LEAGUE OF SECRET HEROES (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin) blends superheroes and real-life figures from WWII. Weaving in chapters presented in graphic novel format, Book 1, CAPE, published in August 2019, and Book 2, MASK, hits shelves August 2020. Kate’s nonfiction graphic novel THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE: RISING FROM THE ASHES (First Second) publishes in June 2020. Her nonfiction picture book biography A LADY HAS THE FLOOR: BELVA LOCKWOOD SPEAKS OUT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS (Boyds Mills) explores the life of a remarkable but forgotten figure from history. Kate has six more picture book biographies forthcoming. Visit her online at





Networks’ Host, Sarah Hammond, Oak Park Co-Network Representative 

Sarah Hammond is an author for young people and has published  books for teens and also younger readers in the UK. For almost a decade Sarah worked as a lawyer in London. However, following her lifelong dream to write fiction, her first teen book was published by OUP,  shortlisted for four awards, and described as ‘a terrific debut novel’  by the Bookseller. A recent British expat, Sarah loves running writing workshops with storytellers of all ages. Sarah is a co-representative for the SCBWI Oak Park and West Surburban Network in Illinois.  Find out more about her at 







Pre-order one of Kate’s upcoming books from her preferred indie bookstore for a free webinar:
If you pre-order one of the following books before May 14, email the Registrar with your proof of purchase and your webinar will be refunded or you will receive a coupon to register!

Want it autographed? Leave details with the bookstore, and Kate will sign it!

Pre-Order: MASK Book 2 of THE LEAGUE OF SECRET HEROES (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin)  August 2020. 
Pre-Order: THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE: RISING FROM THE ASHES (First Second)  June 2020. 

Thank you for supporting our SCBWI-IL author and the 57th Street Bookstore, Chicago, IL, USA!



Registration begins on this page at noon CST Tuesday, April 14 and is open through Wednesday, May 13.

—SCBWI Members $10; for Non-Members $15
—Registered attendees will be sent a link to join in the program one day before the event. If you do not receive a link by the morning of May 14, email Deborah Topolski

—This is a live event. A recording will be available for one week after the event.
RENEW or JOIN BEFORE registering for the reduced, member rate.
—DO NOT page backward during registration process.
—Credit Cards & PayPal accepted for online payment.
Questions about your Online Registration?: Email the Registrar 

Program Questions?: Email Deb Aronson, Assistant Regional Advisor & SCBWI-IL Networks Coordinator