Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 28, 2021

Registration and Scholarships Are Now Open for CBA’s Illustrating (and Writing) Course!

Registration Is Now Open For This Year’s CBA’s Flagship

Craft & Business Of Illustrating (and Writing) Children’s Books!


Hip! Hip! Hooray! Registration is now open for The 2021 Children’s Book Academy’s game-changing 2021 CRAFT & BUSINESS OF ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN’S BOOKS  ( ) interactive e-course!

This interactive e-course comes with oodles of bonuses and freebies. We are also accepting applications for our diversity and low-income+ scholarships ( That’s not all: there are also time-limited $100 discounts (if you know the secret promo code: ARTLOVE)  Read on…

This highly interactive, proven-track-record e-course & talent search is designed to fit any schedule that teaches both writing and illustrating skills although the main focus is on illustration. One of the main things that makes this and other interactive CBA courses different is that we bring in live (and recorded) learning opportunities with editors, agents, and art directors working directly with student’s work in weekly webinars and also provide even more exclusive opportunities to get student’s art and stories in front of even more editors, art directors, and agents and that your course co-teachers are available every day of the course. Happily, this has contributed to at least some of the over 590 books published by CBA’s former students getting published!

Whether you are a complete beginner or an award-winning illustrator or writer, you’ll get to WORK AT YOUR OWN LEVEL AND PACE in this HANDS-ON ADVENTURE! Also, writers, if you thought you could never illustrate a picture book, take this course and let us prove you wrong so you can possibly enter that hot niche of author-illustrator with double the opportunities and double the royalties!

Join​ Red Fox Literary Agent Kaitlyn Sanchez, multi-published illustrators (over 1000 books published over 25 years) Chantelle & Burgen Thorne who will teach you phenomenal fresh techniques and tricks, and Clear Fork/Spork Publishing Acquiring Editor & Art Director Mira Reisberg and find out why our students say our courses are…”Like attending twenty conferences or a prestigious MFA program in one course.” And why so many of them either become published or reinvigorate their careers!

If you already know about this course and the Academy’s fantastic track record of former students publishing over FIVE HUNDRED books and winning EVERY major North American award, REGISTER right now and take advantage of these bonuses:

  • FREE Fun with Photoshop Course Parts 1 & 2
  • FREE Procreate Course
  • FREE Fun with Social Media Course
  • BONUS CONTENT The Craft & Business of Illustrating Children’s Picture Books e-Book
  • BONUS CONTENT The Little BIG Book of Children’s Book Illustration Techniques & Definitions​
  • FREE Lesson Plans for teachers and homeschooling parents
  • BONUS CONTENT for Creating Your Own Graphic Novels
  • FREE Awesome Website Building with Weebly Course
  • FREE 5 Ways of Making Dummies!!!
  • FREE Hand Lettering & Calligraphy Course
  • PLUS An EXCLUSIVE Insider Video Tour Led by Brilliant Chronicle Books Editor Melissa Manlove Who Shows and Tells What Really Goes on in a Major Children’s Book Publishing House
  • Exclusive Opportunities to Submit to Children’s Book Editors, Agents, and Art Directors
  • Lots of Worksheets, Handouts, Instructions, and Videos for Learning How to Draw and Make Art Traditionally (Beginners) Develop New Moves for More Experienced Artists, and Save Time and Frustration by Using New Technologies Like Procreate and Photoshop
  • Wonderful Technique Demonstrations and Studio Visits From Mira, Chantelle and Burgen, Larissa Marantz, and other Artists Such as Julie Downing, Yuyi Morales, and Lisa Brown​

This lively, fun, game-changing course is starting soon with the first live training happening from the comfort of your own home or anywhere else starting June 7th AND instructions, writing prompts, and career-building instant access bonuses AVAILABLE NOW as soon as you register!

Bonuses, lessons, webinars, submission opportunities, and community interaction are included for every level of the Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books at the Big Bonuses Level

And here are the links for each of the Big Bonuses PLUS Critiques Levels with agent Kaitlyn Sanchez

Genius illustrators Chantelle and Burgen Thorne:–Burgen-Thorne

And Editor/Art Director Mira Reisberg!

CBA also offers generous payment plans AND right now you can take advantage of a fabulous $100 early bird discount although Mira’s deePly discounted critiques are already sold out but for everything else use this code:

In the Success Levels, you’ll get everything in the BIG BONUS above PLUS an amazing opportunity to benefit from a personal one- hour-long critique with either a successfully published illustrator or one of two art directors. Also heads up, the critiquing options, which are like a mini-course focused just on you and your work or career, are only available when you register, so grab one while you can. They are amazing!

Because CBA loves to give back (and we understand these are difficult financial times for many), we are giving as many full and half scholarships as we can afford. Our criteria help increase diversity and reward those who do so much in our field as well as Aussies and Kiwis who Mira misses. So if you identify as being of color, or LBGQTI, or as having a disability, or are a member of a group currently underrepresented in the children’s publishing industry, please apply. There are only six easy peasy questions. Please be brief, specific, and use your language skills so that we fall in love with you.

In addition, low-income folks who might not be able to take this course otherwise, as well as SCBWI Regional Advisors, ARAs, and Illustrator Coordinators who may or may not identify as being of any of these communities above but who do so much unpaid work to help our field and children’s librarians who we also love are welcome to apply.

Finally, because CBA’s founder is a homesick Aussie and because the exchange rate is so bad, some scholarships are offered to Aussies and Kiwis who tend to make the courses super lively. The Academy gives as many scholarships as it can based on the number of paying students within the size-limited course, so please help spread the word using our link: ( ).

These scholarships to the interactive online Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books ( ) are for anyone wanting to upgrade their children’s book illustrating and writing skills and learn new and helpful information for the current market.

Mira & the CBA gang


Mira Reisberg has worn just about every hat in the industry: award-winning illustrator/author, agent, kidlit university professor, editor and art director, and fearless director of the Children’s Book Academy.

Her students have published over 590 books and won every major North American award. She is obsessed with making, buying, and helping others make wonderful children’s books.

Mira lives in Portland, Oregon with her handsome husband Guy and two quirky cats.

Talk tomorrow,


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