Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2023 Ohioana Book Festival Coloring Page Project

We’re excited to announce the return of the Ohioana Book Festival coloring page project! After three years of going virtual, the 2023 Ohioana Book Festival will be taking place live and in person again on April 22 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch (downtown). Each year at the event, the Ohioana Library hosts a kids’ room full of fun activities, crafts, and readings by the festival authors and illustrators.


From 2015-2019–up until the pandemic–Central and Southern Ohio SCBWI members sponsored an activity for the festival’s kids’ room. With the event’s return to an in-person format, we’re thrilled to partner with the festival again to showcase our chapter’s illustrators while giving children a fun activity to enjoy! We hope all of our illustrators will participate in this exciting project!


Additionally, we will showcase all coloring page illustrations here on our website.



Design a coloring page for children to color at the 2023 Ohioana Book Festival that promotes reading.



The final illustration must fit the dimensions of 8.5 x 11 inches. (These are the dimensions of a normal sheet of printer paper.)

You may create your illustration in pencil, pen, marker, ink, or digitally, but it MUST be in black and white only. (Like what you would see in a coloring book.)

Final art must be submitted as a high resolution (300 dpi) JPG.

The illustration should be kid-friendly, fun, and promote reading.

You may design your coloring sheet horizontally OR vertically.

Your design can include words, but this is not required. If you do choose to add words, please make sure they are easily legible and appropriate for all children pre-k through fifth grade.

You may add your name, email address, website, and/or social media accounts in one of the corners OR along the side of your illustration. This information will also be on a sign we print for the craft table.

You can design as many coloring pages as you’d like. Be creative and have fun!

For your coloring page to be included in the festival, you must be a current SCBWI member when you turn in your art.


Due Date:

-Illustrations must be emailed as a high resolution JPG (300 dpi) to by April 15, 2023. No illustrations will be accepted after this date.

-Please include your name as you would like it to appear, website, and social media account(s) when you email us your final JPG. We will be printing this information on a sign for the craft table.


If you have any questions, please email Kathryn Powers at This project is a great opportunity to promote early literacy, support a local literary organization, and get your art out into the community.


Thank you for helping us make this a great day for kids attending the 2023 Ohioana Book Festival! You can learn more about the event and the Ohioana Library at If you’re interested in volunteering at the 2023 Ohioana Book Festival on April 22, email


Disclaimer: All artwork submitted for this project that meets the above guidelines and is approved by the Ohioana Library Festival Committee will be used for the children’s room at the 2023 Ohioana Book Festival.  All artwork will be copyrighted by the respective artist and may not be copied or reproduced in any form without written permission.  All artwork submitted must be original. Original is defined as not previously published or in contract. By submitting artwork, you agree that Ohioana may print and use your artwork for the aforementioned event. Your submission constitutes agreement with these terms.