Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the author and/or illustrator of over 35 books for young readers. Along with teaching children’s book illustration and writing at Parsons and Pratt, she holds a summer Children’s Book Boot Camp that brings writers and illustrators together with top editors and art directors.

Pat serves on the boards of the Authors Guild, the Authors League Fund and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She also serves as Chair of the Founders Award Jury for the Society of Illustrators’ Original Art Show.

She frequently does workshops and programs about the craft and business of children’s books for schools, universities and professional organizations, both domestically and abroad.

Her most recent picture book, Beauty and the Beast, was set in west Africa.  It was translated from the original French and retold by her husband, H. Chuku Lee, a founding member of NABJA.  Her first middle grade novel, Trace, will be published in 2019. Both titles are with HarperCollins.

Pat can be reached at or followed on Twitter @PatCummingsBook.


Killer Portfolios
Assembling a portfolio with only the most effective, essential and evocative images to engage picture book editors, art directors and agents.
Visual Storytelling for Author Illustrators: Developing a story through illustrations. How a story can be developed through appealing imagery.

Illustrators Matchbox: How to use dynamic elements (Scale, Perspective, Lighting, Pattern, Texture, etc.) to fire up the emotional impact of your work.