Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Springmingle/ Illustrators Day 2014


Join us for SpringMingle/Illustrators Day 

March 28-30, 2014 
Atlanta Marriott Century Center




Plot Intensive with Cheryl Klein (Sold out!)

Private portfolio/manuscript review during Springmingle (Manuscripts closed)

Written Only manuscript critique from acquiring professional (Closed)

One-on-One consultations with agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette (Sold Out!)

SM14 Dinner Guest tickets

Illustrators’ Day (Registration open until March 23)

Portfolio review during ID program (limited to first 30 to register) 

Mentorship with Lorraine Joyner (Sold out!)

Information on submitting to the Liz Conrad Scholarship Fund (Closed)

(Separate registration is required for each of the above)

Hotel Reservation Page here



Lucy Ruth Cummins, Art Director Simon & Schuster

cvr9781442407633_9781442407633_lg  Lucy_CumminsLucy Ruth Cummins is an Art Director with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Paula Wiseman Books where she works on a range of titles from picture books to young adult novels. She made her picture book illustration debut with a parody of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree titled The Taking Tree. She has worked on a number of award winning and notable picture books including The Boy and the Airplane, Cats’ Night OutMonsters Eat Whiny ChildrenMousetronaut, and The Boys. She is the designer behind best-selling teen series including The Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick, The Summer Series by Jenny Han. She also works on a range of illustrated middle grade titles. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a fast food connoisseur. You can visit her on the web at


New, Now, Next: What’s Happening In Books Right Now, And How To Find A Niche.”

“Getting the Word Out: How to Get Noticed by Art Directors” 



Cheryl Willis HudsonCreative Director Just Us Books


 Author, publisher and entrepreneur, Cheryl Willis Hudson has more than 40 plus years of experience in the children’s book industry. A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, Cheryl began her career doing text book design for publishers such as Houghton Mifflin and Macmillan. Over the years she has tweaked her penchant for doodling into a career and is now vice president and editorial director of Just Us Books, Inc., an independent publisher of Black-interest books for children and young adults. She and her husband Wade Hudson founded Just Us Books in 1988 to address the need for more African American children’s books in the market place. Ms. Hudson has authored many books for young children including Bright Eyes, Brown Skin, AFRO-BETS ABC Book, AFRO-BETS 123 Book, Many Colors of Mother Goose, Come By Here Lord: Everyday Prayers for Children (Just Us Books), Good Morning, Baby (Scholastic), From Where I Stand (Marimba Books), Hands Can (Candlewick Press) and My Friend Maya Loves to Dance (Abrams Books for Young Readers).

“From “Doodler” to Editorial Director: or How I Became a Children’s Book Publisher”

“Creating Culturally Authentic Contemporary Characters”



Ruth Sanderson, artist

12 Dancing Princesses

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Ruth Sanderson, author and illustrator, is a graduate of the Paier College of Art. Among her many books for children are The Twelve Dancing Princesses,GoldilocksThe Enchanted WoodThe Night Before ChristmasCinderella, andSaints: Lives and Illuminations. She has collaborated with author Jane Yolen on three titles, the latest being Hush Little Horsie. Her books have received a number of awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award for The Golden Mare, The Firebird, and The Magic Ring. Her original oil paintings have been included in many museum exhibitions. She teaches in a summer graduate-level Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration program at Hollins University in Virginia.



Cheryl Klein, editor Arthur Levine Books

(Writing Intensive Friday, March 28)

Cheryl Klein, Senior Editor at Arthur A. >evine Books, an Imprint of Scholastic Inc.


Cheryl Klein, is Executive Editor for Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic).She works with a terrific, diverse, and very talented group of authors and illustrators on an equally terrific and diverse array of projects. She also served as the continuity editor on the last two Harry Potter books. For more information about the books she has edited, see the Books page; to know more about the random things she thinks about and loves, visit her blog or follow her on Twitter.






Ammi-Joan Paquette, agent Erin Murphy Literary Agency

DSC_8551  Paradox Senior Agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency, in the “East Coast branch” of the agency, Joan represents all forms of children’s and young adult literature, but is most excited by a strong lyrical voice, tight plotting with surprising twists and turns, and stories told with heart and resonance that will stand the test of time.



An EMLA client herself, Joan is also the author of numerous books for children, most recently the picture books Ghost in the House (Candlewick, 2013) and Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo(Clarion, 2013), and the novels Paradox (Random House, 2013) and Rules for Ghosting (Walker, 2013). When she is not on the phone, answering email, or writing, you will most likely find Joan curled up with a book. Or baking something delicious. Or talking about something delicious she’s baked. Really, after books and food, what else is there worth saying?

You can read more about Joan’s writing and agenting process here.





Jo Kittinger, award winning author

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Jo’s interest in publishing began early. She began submitting original craft designs for  publication shortly after college. Her projects may be found in numerous books and magazines  published through Oxmoor House and Heritage House. She began writing for children in 1991,  has published numerous nonfiction and award winning fiction picture books as well as articles in  various books, newspapers, and magazines including Highlights for Children, Pockets, Boys Quest and The Flicker. She wrote numerous feature articles which appeared on the Just For Kids page of the Birmingham News and items for Harcourt Brace Educational Measurement and CTB/McGraw-Hill. Jo also served as an editorial assistant with The Flicker children’s magazine and is actively involved with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and has served as a Regional Advisor for the Southern Breeze region for eleven years.

Jo has received both the Crystal Kite award and the Christopher Award for her picture books.


Loraine Joyner, Art Director for Peachtree Publishers,

who will mentor 12 Illustrators’ Day registrants.