Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 20, 2017

Book Winners & The Rafael Lopez and Pat Cummings Merit Scholarships

Kristi Veitenheimer won Second Grade Holdout by Audrey Vernick
Maria Marshall won National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds by Kim Kurki

If you want to illustrate children’s books or learn how illustration works, you should take a look at the Children’s Book Academy’s five week highly interactive illustration on-line course – The Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books, which starts September 25th.

I will have more information about this later this week, but I didn’t want you to miss out on the opportunity of applying for The Rafael Lopez and Pat Cummings Merit Scholarships.

Applications are OPEN NOW!  Applications end September 5th! Simply click this link to fill out a short form to apply.

The Children’s Book Academy is proud to offer merit scholarships for writers and illustrators who identify as being of color, or LBGQTI, as having a disability, who are currently underrepresented in the children’s publishing industry. In addition, we are offering scholarships for low income folks who might not be able to take this course otherwise as well as to SCBWI Regional Advisors, ARAs, and Illustrator Coordinators or children’s librarians who may or may not identify as being of any of these communities above but who do so much to help our field. To have a peek at the Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books course click here.

Here’s all that you need to do:

1. Using your funniest or most lyrical language, tell us  something lovely about yourself
2. Describe how you meet our scholarship criteria
3. Include your website if you have one
4. Talk about how you are going to help your fellow students
5. Talk about how you are going to share about the course and the Academy so that we can stay in business

Associate Art Director for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers and their imprint Clarion Books, Sharismar Rodriguez is working with Dr. Mira Reisberg and will share her expertise with the class. Sharismar at HMH designs and art directs children’s books for all ages, from Picture Books to Middle Grade and YA novels, including Non-Fiction books. She will also be a guest on Writing and Illustrating for the next five Sundays, so stop back to find out more about Sharismar and learn from her illustration observations.

Dr. Mira Reisberg is a multi-published award-winning children’s book illustrator and author whose books have sold over 600,000 copies. Besides running the Children’s Book Academy, she is also an acquiring editor and art director at Clear Fork Publishing’s children’s book imprint Spork. Mira is also a former children’s literary agent, a university professor teaching kid lit writing and illustrating courses as well as teacher ed. She has a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies with a focus on children’s literature and has helped MANY writers and illustrators get published. Her new job at Spork will allow her to help even more people.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. WOW! I really wanted that book. Thank you so much Kathy.


    • Maria,

      I need you to send me your address. I don’t have it. Thanks!



  2. Congrats Kristi!


    • Thanks, Maria! Hope you’re doing well!


  3. I’m so excited to win! Thanks so much! I sent you my address.


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