Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators





Welcome to SCBWI- Michigan Equity and Inclusion webpage! We commit to our role in meeting the needs of members through service and opportunities. The E & I Team is energized to create a stronger SCBWI-MI community that includes, engages, and embraces disparate voices. So glad you’re here!








We welcome and celebrate writers, illustrators, and translators who represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds and who seek to create quality literature for young people that reflect the lives of all children.



We understand the power of children seeing themselves represented in books. Such equitable reading experiences lead to empathy, understanding, and respect. We must implement initiatives that will address issues of inclusivity, accessibility, and belonging for our children’s literature community that will, in turn, help us write books for all children. As Lin Oliver has stated, “Our members create books that will influence what kind of adults children grow up to be and how they see themselves reflected in the world.”


To better serve our whole SCBWI-MI community, we choose to bring about change. To that end, we commit to the following principles: INCLUDE, ENGAGE, EMBRACE.

  • INCLUDE underrepresented and/or marginalized communities in children’s literature who are an essential part of our SCBWI-MI membership.


  • ENGAGE our members, communities, and accomplices by identifying resources and support and by providing professional-growth activities.


  • EMBRACE all interested parties by making SCBWI-MI a welcoming and safe place to better nurture and support communication and networking opportunities within the disparate voices of our members, the community, and potential members. Together, we craft a new and better organizational story.

The E & I Team has many initiatives underway and is always open to new ideas. Check them out: Click Here

If you’d like to get involved, please click HERE to access a quick Volunteer Form. Then, a member of the E & I Team will contact you lickety-split.


The SCBWI-MI Equity & Inclusion Team is highlighting literacy efforts that support Michigan readers. This year’s initiative is Books With Barbers, a program that provides books for young patrons of barbershops in Detroit. The initiative was discovered by SCBWI-MI’s Debbie Gonzales who met Michigan literacy experts and coordinators of the Books With Barbers program, Ashelin Currie, and Jerry Jones at a Michigan Reading Association meeting and we are so happy that she connected us!

The Books With Barbers mission is to use the popular community hub to distribute books featuring characters of color that reflect the readers’ experiences, culture, and community.  Let’s help readers enjoy a great book along with a new haircut. You can support this book drive by selecting a book from the ***Book Wish List***and sending it to Books For Barbers from November 15 – December 15.

Below is the information for the Books With Barbers donation process.

If you would like to purchase a book from an online bookseller (Bookstop, Amazon, etc.) or from your local bookstore, please complete the purchase and have the book sent directly to the BWB Coordinator:

Ms. Jerry Jones
1 Lafayette Plaisance Street
Apt. 1811
Detroit, Michigan 48207

If you want to purchase a book from Source Booksellers, a bookstore in Detroit, follow these directions:

1) Visit the Source Booksellers website at and select the book from the Children’s Book section

2) On the checkout page, find the Comments Section and write  BOOKS WITH BARBERS.

3) Make your payment.

4) Your purchase will be sent to the BWB Coordinator.

(If the book is not listed, or if you have challenges making the purchase, simply call the bookstore at (313) 832-1155 and your order will be taken over the phone.)