The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) is a Los Angeles-based international organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature. The association brings together people involved at various levels with producing and distributing books and magazines for young readers. Lin Oliver serves as the organization's executive director, while its Board of Advisors includes such luminaries as Laurie Halse Anderson, Judy Blume, Tommie dePaola and Susan Patron. Among other honors, SBCWI offers annual magazine merit awards to authors and illustrators for original magazine work. For more information, visit the SCBWI website.
The late great Paula Danziger, author of The Cat Ate My Gymsuit and Amber Brown novels and early readers. Like others, I was lucky enough to meet and become friends with Paula through SCBWI.