Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Illustrator Day 2020



9:30 – 9:40


9:40 – 10:30

Keynote Address by Author/Illustrator Lee Harper

Lee tells the story of how a Thanksgiving book he illustrated for a small publishing house became a best-selling series and shares the process he uses in the illustrations.

10:30 – 11:20

Art Director presentation Andrea Miller

11:20 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:30

Open Critiques by Art Director about Art Director Assignment 

12:30 – 1:15


1:15 – 1:45

Christopher Brown – Special Collections Curator, Children’s Literature Research Collection at Free Library of Philadelphia

1:45 – 2:35

Presentation by Katie Heit, Editor, Scholastic

The Illustration Game: This presentation will answer all your pressing questions about how publishers match illustrators to manuscripts, how to tailor your portfolio for different types of projects, and how to get an editor’s attention.

2:35 – 3:35

Open Critiques by Editor of Art Director Assignment (continued) 

3:35 – 3:45


3:45 – 4:30

Q&A with Agent 

4:30 – 4:45

Wrap Up & Door Prizes 

Professional portfolio reviews will be ongoing throughout the day during the scheduled sessions via Zoom.

Book sales throughout the day via Children’s Book World and Book