Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Welcome to CAMP SCBWI, Your Digital Summer Camp


Stay tuned to our Instagram, Twitter, and this page for weekly itineraries and featured activities. To drop into a live-stream, check out our schedule below and meet us on Instagram.  



(PreK-Elementary) ALOHA FRIDAY ART is a “mixed plate” theme-based STEAMed ingredients: visual art, multicultural kid lit, poetry, a little talk-story, and plenty aloha. New video episodes and posts released every other Friday. Material is geared toward kids ages 4-10 and their families.

Edna Cabcabin Moran

(Middle School) CURIOUS CREATURES DRAWING WORKSHOP: From the leaping Grabouse nibbling grass to the Dorangodillo swinging through the swamps, join Lauren every week as she shares a new workshop with you to create and design Curious Creatures! Everyone can join in, there’s no age limit or requirements. All you need is a pencil and some paper! Let’s get drawing!

Lauren Mullinder

(High School+) PICTURE BOOK BASICSSeries of short articles on the nuts and bolts of picture book illustration for beginners.

John Shelley



(PreK-Elementary) KIDLIT TV: The Kidlit TV team, a group of diverse children’s book authors and illustrators, has created a virtual library of free read aloud, drawing & writing tutorials, podcasts, art activities + reading resources for kids!

Julie Gribble

(Middle School) POETRY TIME: Watch webisodes of over 140 children’s poems.

Charles Waters 

(High School+) LAS MUSAS BOOKS WEBINAR SERIES: NoNieqa Ramos, author of THE TRUTH Is and Natasha Diaz, author of COLOR ME IN, will read poetry, do an anti-racism meditation, and conduct a writing workshop. All participants are entered into a drawing for a free Skype visit!

NoNieqa Ramos



(PreK-Elementary) KITTY LITTER CAKE: Recipe for baking a Kitty Litter Cake as an at-home activity in conjunction with reading WON TON – A CAT TALE HOLD IN HAIKU.

Lee Wardlaw

(Middle School) COOKING UP STORIES: Writing Prompts on Padma Venkatraman’s YouTube channel and her website here.

Padma Kenkatraman



(PreK-Elementary) GUIDE TO SERENA: THE LITTLEST SISTER: Book-inspired activities such as vision boards and DIY tennis equipment; explore birth-order traits and inspirational stories of female athletes.

Karlin Gray

(Middle School) NAVIGATE THE NEIGHBORHOOD (CYOA ON THE STREETS): Turn your neighborhood into a wacky Choose Your Own Adventure-style tale with these Story Signs.

S.G. Wilson 



(PreK-Elementary) BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN: Materials for encouraging kids to connect with nature and explore the great outdoors, including parent/educator guides, activities, printables, and more!

Mary McKenna Siddals

(Middle School) BRINGING SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATIONS TO LIFE THROUGH TANKA POETRY: Based on the book THE VAST WONDER OF THE WORLD, learn to write Tanka poetry with scientific and nature observations. 

Mélina Mangal



(PreK-Elementary) STEM TUESDAY: STEM books ENGAGE. EXCITE. INSPIRE! Join us for weekly posts from STEM authors containing interesting resources, activities, and literacy connections.

Jennifer Swanson

(Middle School) JUST RIGHT ASTRONOMY & STEM ACTIVITIES: Six PDF activities about exoplanets and our just-right planet (Earth) based on JUST RIGHT: SEARCHING FOR THE GOLDILOCKS PLANET (book not needed to enjoy these activities).

Curtis Manley

(High School+) LITLINKS: HIGHLIGHTING THE NATURAL CONNECTION BETWEEN STEM AND LANGUAGE ARTS: LitLinks features STEM + literacy lesson plans connected to children’s books. Guest bloggers are authors, illustrators, educators, and scientists. All posts are categorized by the following grade level classifications: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and High School.

Patricia M. Newman



(PreK-Elementary) ONLINE BOOK READINGS WITH AUTHOR DEBBIE RIDPATH OHI: With permission from Simon & Schuster, Debbie Ridpath Ohi is posting read-alouds of some of her picture books during school closures, including working with author Michael Ian Black to do a combo read-aloud and kids’ art activity. 

Debbie Ridpath Ohi

(Middle School) ORAL HISTORIES: Students will be guided in obtaining oral histories from caregivers. They will then create written narratives based upon those histories.

Jean Alicia Elster

(High School+) OH MY WORD!: Oh My Word! is a newly launched podcast about books, films, and musicals.

E. L. Tenenbaum



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