Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Read Local


Hello Friends! Welcome to READ LOCAL, the website that can help you find books written and illustrated by people in Illinois—maybe even in your neighborhood!

About Read Local

Check it out!

On this site you can find links to everything you need to bring Illinois books to your classroom and library.  You can find the websites for many writers and illustrators. Or just check out all these beautiful books! Want to bring a local author or illustrator to your classroom? We can help you make it happen!

There will be a newsletter as well as book talks by Illinois authors and illustrators made possible by a generous grant from I-CARE.  The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has made a grant to create a trailer to advertise this program.

Our goal is to team up with book lovers all over the state to strengthen our reading community—and foster a life-long love of reading—in kids all over Illinois.

Are you in?

We hope so! Check out our READ LOCAL trailer HERE!

Who We Are

All the authors and illustrators on this website live in the great state of Illinois.

They write great books for children and teens.

They LOVE working with teachers, librarians, and readers of all ages!

Do you have questions? Not sure what to do next? Contact Sarah at

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Featured Picture Book

Janet Nolan

Chicago. Janet Nolan is the author of fiction, non-fiction and historical fiction picture books.

Robin Currie

Glen Ellyn. Public librarian and ordained pastor, I wrote stories to read and read again!

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Featured Middle Grade

Marlene Targ Brill

Wilmette. Award-winning author of 72 books for readers preschool through adult.

Lowey Bundy Sichol

Winnetka. Lowey Bundy Sichol is the author of From an Idea to…, the world’s first business biographies for kids, and a leading authority in teaching entrepreneurship to children.

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Featured Young Adult

Tina P. Schwartz

Grayslake. Author and Literary Agent Tina P. Schwartz loves writing, and has written ten traditionally published non-fiction titles for children and teens. She opened her own literary agency in 2012 to help further the career of authors around the world.

Kathi Baron

Evanston. Kathi Baron is a graduate of Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults Program and an Occupational Therapist, with an interest in writing for, and working with teens.

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