Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Third Annual Holiday Field Trip to NYC on 12/6/2019

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Date(s) - 12/06/2019
11:30 am - 5:30 pm

Society of Illustrators-NYC
128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues) - NYC, NY 10065




Eastern PA SCBWI Proudly Presents the



Third Annual Holiday Field Trip to NYC



Friday, December 6th, 2019



On Friday, December 6th, please join us in NYC for a day of picture book bliss! We’ll start our adventure at the Society of Illustrators. Founded in 1902, The Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. On display in the Society of Illustrators’ historic building is the “Original Art” exhibit, celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration. The exhibit showcases original art from the best illustrated children’s books as selected by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors. The show includes a diverse list of books published in the United States in the past year. 


Upon our arrival, author-illustrator Selina Alko, will present to our group. Selina Alko is a Juror of the 2019 show and books she’s illustrated were selected to be included in the “Original Art” show in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2011, 2008, and 2006!  


 After the presentation, participants are invited to dine together at the 128 Bar & Bistro in the Hall of Fame Gallery on the third floor. With classic New York architectural details and walls featuring works by formidable stars and talented newcomers in the world of illustration, its ambience can’t be beat!


From there, our party will continue on to the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library, for a tour of the Children’s Center with Managing Librarian Louise Lareau. Ms. Laureau will give a history of the NYPL’s children’s services both past and present. While there, we’ll also have the opportunity to see the real Winnie-the-Pooh and four of his best friends—Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger. These stuffed animals were given to Christopher Robin Milne by his father A.A. Milne and later became the subjects of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by Christopher’s father and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. The animals have been living at The New York Public Library since 1987.


Both stops are sure to inspire and delight attendees! Registration includes admission to the Society of Illustrators and tours of the “Original Art” exhibit and the Children’s Room, New York Public Library.



SCBWI Members   $25

Non-Members   $30




Cancellation Policy: No refunds. Please carefully consult your calendar before registering!


Registration does not include cost of transportation, food or beverages.


The Society of Illustrators is a three story historic building. There is no elevator and therefore is NOT ADA accessible.


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TRAVELING TO NYC                 

If you’re traveling on your own, plan to meet the group at 11:15 AM at the Society of Illustrators; 128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues); New York, NY 10065. Our tour begins at 11:30 AM. 


If you’d like to travel with the group by train from Hamilton Train Station, Hamilton, NJ, to the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan, plan to take the NJ Transit train that leaves Hamilton Train Station at 9:03 AM. 



  • $8   Parking at Hamilton Train Station
  • $32.50   Roundtrip Adult NJ Transit Train fare between Hamilton, NJ and NY Penn Station.
  • $9.25   NYC MTA Metrocard This is for three rides. 
  • $30 (approx)   Lunch at the Society of Illustrators
  • $15   “Original Art” exhibition catalog (optional but catalog is a VERY USEFUL tool!)
  • Spending cash for purchases at the Society of Illustrators and NYPL gift shops.


After reading this event page carefully, you still have questions, please email Virginia Manning at