Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Area Meetings and Upcoming Events

January In-Person Meeting:

Guided Tour of the Maurice Sendak Exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art


We are extremely excited that a special exhibition of Maurice Sendak’s work is currently at the Columbus Museum of Art and thought it was only fitting that we organize a tour for our group!


Meeting Details:

  • – We will be meeting at the Columbus Museum of Art on Sunday, January 15 for a 3:00 pm guided tour of the exhibit. (Address: 480 East Broad Street, Columbus OH,43215)


  • – Reservations ARE required. The RSVP deadline is December 28 at midnight so we can give the museum our group count and they can schedule their tour guides accordingly. After Dec 28th we will start a waiting list for any registration cancellations.


  • – General admission to the Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sunday. However, you will need to pay $10 when you arrive at the museum for the special exhibit admission.


  • – Please plan to arrive by AT LEAST 2:30pm so you can purchase your exhibit admission/ticket before our tour begins.


  • – For more information about the exhibit, click HERE


  • – To register for our group tour, click HERE


Additional Info:

  • – By happy coincidence, the director of the Sendak Foundation–Jonathan Weinberg–will be giving a FREE lecture at 2:00 pm on January 15, right before our tour. It is totally optional, but if you would like to attend that lecture, you will need to register with the museum using this link: Click HERE


February Virtual Meeting:
The Collaborative Process


We are excited to welcome Keila V. Dawson, Jeanette Bradley, and Lindsay H. Metcalf for a conversation on their collaborative process while creating their inspirational and award-winning books: NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen Young Americans Making History and NO WORLD TOO BIG: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change (releasing spring 2023).



Keila V. Dawson writes fiction and nonfiction picture books. She is coeditor of NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY and the forthcoming NO WORLD TOO BIG: YOUNG PEOPLE FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE (Charlesbridge, 2023) with Lindsay Metcalf and Jeanette Bradley, illustrated by Bradley. Dawson is the author of OPENING THE ROAD: VICTOR HUGO GREEN and HIS GREEN BOOK, illustrated by Alleanna Harris, THE KING CAKE BABY, illustrated by Vernon Smith and the forthcoming YUMBO GUMBO, illustrated by Katie Crumpton (Charlesbridge,(2023).


Jeanette Bradley has been an urban planner, an apprentice pastry chef, and the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. Now she writes, draws, and makes books for kids. Her books include Something Great; No Voice Too Small; No World Too Big; Love, Mama; and When the Babies Came to Stay. Jeanette lives in Rhode Island with her wife and kids. Visit her online at


Lindsay H. Metcalf is a journalist and award-winning author of nonfiction picture books: BEATRIX POTTER, SCIENTIST, a Mighty Girl Best Book of 2020 and Young People’s Literature Award winner from the Friends of American Writers Chicago; FARMERS UNITE! Planting a Protest for Fair Prices, a Kansas Notable Book, Friends of American Writers honoree, NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and Junior Library Guild selection; and NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, a Kirkus and Chicago Public Library Best Book, Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and NCTE Notable Poetry Book. NO WORLD TOO BIG: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change, a poetry anthology from the team behind No Voice Too Small, is forthcoming in spring 2023. Lindsay lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, and a variety of pets. Reach her at and @lindsayhmetcalf on Twitter and Instagram.


Event Details:

-The event will take place from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST on Wednesday, February 22nd via Zoom. (Please note: the Zoom link will be sent after registration closes at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Feb 21st – the day before the event.)

-This event is FREE, but you MUST REGISTER in order to receive the Zoom meeting link.

-There WILL be a limited time replay for this event.

-Click HERE for registration