Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  •   Welcome to the Teacher’s Corner: Where connecting with a local children’s book author or illustrator is made easier. SCBWI-MI is proud to partner with teachers and librarians to provide students with the resources to expand their love of reading. We hope the information included will not only allow you to locate authors and illustrators in your area, but help you discover ways to create a great literary experience for your students.   Feel free to take advantage of these resources and share them with other professionals.   Authors and illustrators in your area: List of Authors & Illustrators Categorized by Region This link gives you a list of children’s book authors and illustrators in those different regions. Each region (1-7) is found at the bottom of the page on a tab. Once you find your region, click on that tab and it will take you to a list of authors and illustrators separated by age category -- picture book, middle grade, and young adult. Each author has indicated the age groups they present to as well as the themes their presentations touch on. We hope that this will help you find a presenter who best fits your needs. Once you find a speaker, we encourage you to check out their website for more information on their individual presentations as well as how to contact them.   Author/Illustrator Flyer - Categorized by Regions   Additional resources listed below: SCBWI National Speakers Directory: (searchable for Michigan authors!) Michigan Library Association: Authors by State Blog: American Library Association: SKYPE an Author:   Contact nearby bookstores: Book Bug (Kalamazoo) Kazoo Books (Kalamazoo) Nicola Books (Ann Arbor) Schuler’s (Lansing and Grand Rapids) Book Beat (Oak Park) Pages Book Shop (Detroit) McLean & Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey) Snowbound Books (Marquette)   Helpful School Visit Preparation Resources: Funding author visits How-to-plan-a-school-visit new Creating School Visits that Kids, Teachers & Librarians Love   To learn more about SCBWI please visit their website: SCBWI-MI SCBWI
  • Mark off Mondays in October 2019 for a Four-Part Webinar Series The Buzz About the Biz: Preparing Yourself for Success Four webinars plus Q&A held live on Monday nights and taped for later viewing. Stay tuned for more Buzz!
  • In 2019-2020, SCBWI-MI will offer two mentorships for picture book text. The mentorship competition with Lisa Wheeler is open to Full and Associate members. The mentorship with Kelly DiPucchio is open to Published And Listed (PAL) members. If you really want to be impressed, check out Lisa’s and Kelly’s websites. Click here for SCBWI-MI Mentorship Submission Information The mentorships include six exchanges of manuscripts and critiques. Each entry should be a complete picture book text of no more than 600 words. Submissions may be fiction or narrative nonfiction picture book texts. The nonrefundable registration fee is $20. To register for the PAL picture book text mentorship go to: The PAL mentorship registration platform will be live from April 1-22, 2019.    A panel of three super-secret, superstar judges will score the entries on: Appropriateness of style and language Interpretation and development of concept Development of plot Development of characters Illustratable text ​Overall impression and originality The submission window for the PAL mentorship with Kelly DiPucchio is April 1-22, 2019. The submission window for the non-PAL mentorship with Lisa Wheeler is June 3-24, 2019. For questions, contact Ann Finkelstein (
  •  Whether you are an established author/illustrator or you're releasing your debut book, marketing is essential to your books’ success. This reference was designed for SCBWI members only to provide you with information on how and where you can market your work.   Click here to access our members-only book promotion page. Click here to access a list of indie bookstores in Michigan. Please frequent these great venues often.   Good luck and know that we are very proud of YOU! Slider art credit: M. Cody Wiley
  • The mission of the PAL Newsletter is to provide SCBWI-MI's traditionally published authors and illustrators with resources that meet their needs. This will include: 1: An article written by a Michigan PAL author or illustrator on craft or experience. 2: Information regarding marketing opportunities. Let's sell those books! 3: Helpful blogs, websites, or articles for continuing education. SCBWI-MI wants its PAL authors and illustrators to feel supported and connected to each other and it is our hope that this newsletter helps contribute to that. If you are a PAL member and are not receiving the newsletter, please contact PAL Coordinator, Jodi McKay.  


The strength of SCBWI lies in its individual members. Whether you are a creator, publisher, reviewer, librarian, bookseller, educator, or simply someone with a love of literature and a desire to see the best in the hands of children, we invite you to get to know us better.


  • Shop Talks - no charge, regular events at locations around Michigan
  • Webinar Library: Register and view our affordable webinar from the comfort of your home or office.
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