SCBWI (Society of Book Writers and Illustrators) is an international organization that provides support, training, and relationships for those of us who want to produce literature for young people.
There are lots of reasons to participate, including grants and awards!
Each year The Amber Brown Grant, in honor of Paula Danziger is awarded to 2 schools demonstrating interest and need. It provides funds for an author or illustrator to visit winning schools to spend time with students.
This year one of the 2 winning schools is Eastover Central Elementary School in Fayetteville, NC. And the author they chose to visit is me. Yay! How exciting is that?
As I understand it, Eastover Central will be given several hundred dollars worth of my books, author visit expanses will be covered, and we'll all enjoy a pizza party. Thank you, SCBWI and to Gee Cee Addison for working out the details.
We're planning the visit for late April - should be a great time to travel.