Want to Write for Kids? Join SCBWI!


Any professional organization is worth joining. SCBWI happens to be one of the best. I also belong to a writing group called SLO NightWriters. This group is for all writers no matter what genre. Together they give me a wide perspective on many aspects of the industry. Beryl


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By Carol Ekster

Screen shot 2014-09-22 at 7.49.04 PMWhen I first started writing twelve years ago I was naïve and uninformed about the publishing industry. I thought I knew about picture books. After all, I was a teacher. I used picture books to enhance my curriculum on a daily basis. I knew which ones worked, and which ones didn’t, for my students. What more was there TO know? Turns out–a lot!  Luckily, within weeks of my putting pen to paper, a good friend steered me in the right direction–toward  SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. And that was a step toward success.

Screen shot 2014-09-22 at 7.42.44 PMIf you read lots of kidlit blogs you’ll find this advice to newbies: “Join SCBWI.” That’s because it’s the best and most important advice for people who want to write for children. It isn’t free, but it’s worth it. SCBWI gives you the basics, connects you with other writers…

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About berylreichenberg

I am a storyteller. Writing and illustrating books for children, I have published over 35 titles. Three of my books, "Ants on a Log", "Camouflage", and "The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake" have been published by a traditional publisher, Oak Tree Press. These are available from Oak Tree and Amazon as well as other outlets. The others are published by Blurb.com and can be seen on their website. Some of my stories are in prose and some in verse. All are designed for small children and young school children. My fiction stories are designed to delight these children and help them learn about themselves and the world around them. I also have a number of nonfiction books about animals, the natural world, and other cultures. I illustrate my stories with drawings and photographs. I hold a Master's Degree from UCLA and have taught school in California. I hope that young children and their adult companions will enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.

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