Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Take the Read Local Challenge in MD / VA / DC / DE / WV!

thumbnail cover images for all 27 Read Local Challenge 2022/23 books, with bold text that says Meet the 2022/23 Read Local Challenge KidLit Creators

The books featured in our annual challenge may have been published by many different publishers (Harper Collins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and more), but all of the books were written and/or illustrated by members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.! Travel with us from the ocean to the desert, and all around the world. Find stories that happened Once Upon a Time, in the future, or right here and now … and meet remarkable, real-life heroes. Have an adventure without leaving your own backyard, when you Read Local with us!Bold text that says Request information and materials next to the Read Local Challenge Logo - a US map with MD, VA, DE, DC, & WV highlighted, surrounded by the words: You shop local and eat local, why not ... Read Local! and an open book in the center that says Once upon a time...

Click here for the Rules or here for Frequently Asked Questions.


Click any book or KidLit Creator’s profile below to find more information about us. Click here to see a larger version of this poster, or click here for a downloadable PDF brochure with all of the details for the 2022-23 Challenge!

Click here to tell us which books you’ve read, and nominate your favorite school or library to win a box of Read Local Challenge books from us!


We invite all schools, libraries, home school groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many of our challenge books as you can, and visit our websites for information about our downloadable resources and available workshops and presentations. Or check out our events calendar to find our already-scheduled book signings and events. Then contact us to schedule an in-person or virtual visit to your school or library!


If you want to invite any of our Read Local KidLit Creators to do a presentation or workshop for your school, make sure to mention the challenge! All of the featured Read Local Challenge KidLit Creators agree to give a 10% discount on their speaking fees for the entire challenge year.


Multi-author/illustrator visits at special rates are also available.

If you have a set budget and/or you’d like to set up a special multi-author/illustrator panel for your school, library or organization, please contact Veronica Bartles, Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI MD/DE/WV, at