Mission, Vision, and Values

Our dynamic organization is focused on ensuring that members and everyone who wants to be part of the children’s book publishing community knows what SCBWI stands for. Our mission, vision, and values tells you who we are. We warmly welcome all who share our passion and commitment to fostering a thriving children's book industry.

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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a 501c3 nonprofit, is the preeminent membership organization for children’s book creators. We are a global community of writers, illustrators, translators, publishers, librarians, advocates, and other industry professionals working to establish a more imaginative and inclusive world through the power of children’s literature. Our mission is to support the creation of an abundance of quality children’s books, so that young people everywhere have the books they need and deserve.


We believe there can never be too many good children’s books, and this simple belief guides everything we do. We are committed to breaking down barriers and opening doors for everyone with a story to tell. By harnessing the collective power of this vibrant global community, we make the children’s publishing industry more inclusive and elevate the art of children’s literature.


Creativity. We take children’s books seriously as an art form, and provide a range of tools, content, education, and events that nurture the limitless imaginations and creativity of our members.

Connection. No one does this alone. We celebrate the power of connection and strive to ensure our members find lasting and meaningful community through our organization.

Professionalism. We conduct our business with integrity. Guided by principles of transparency and accountability, we set standards that members can rely upon, follow through on our commitments, and take responsibility for our actions.

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Learn more about the SCBWI team

SCBWI is run by our Headquarters Staff and our Board of Directors, with support from our esteemed Advisory Council, and the incredible SCBWI volunteers who work to provide events and programming locally around the globe.