Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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

Green background with miniature versions of 2020 Read Local Challenge book covers, and a map highlighting Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, DC, and West Virginia with the words: Discover adventure in your own back yard! Read Local! Nominate a school or library to win a Read Local Challenge box of books!

Click here for the Read Local Challenge Rules.

Frequently Asked Questions (for Readers) (for KidLit Creators)

Discover books by people who live in your own state – maybe even your own neighborhood! Click on one of the images below to find books by authors and illustrators from our region. Scroll through all of the pages to find your next favorite book, or use the search bar on the left side of the page to narrow your search by author/illustrator name, title, category, book topic, or publisher.


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 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! You can even click the “Downloadable Games & Activities” button below to connect to teacher resource pages on many of our individual websites.


Invite a local KidLit Creator to speak at your school, library, or literary event!

Click on one of the images below to find Speakers Bureau listings for authors and illustrators from our region. Browse through all of the pages (listed in reverse alphabetical order by last name) to find a KidLit Creator with a presentation to meet your needs, or use the search bar on the left side of the page to narrow your search by name, book title, role (writer, illustrator, translator, etc.), zip code, age category, or book topic.

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



The books featured on our challenge posters 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 from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, 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!



Our Past Read Local Challenge Books: (Spring 2017) (2017-18) (2018-19) (2019-20) (2020-21)

And don’t miss our FREE Read Local webinar videos!


Special thanks to author Jen Malone, who created a Read Local New England Challenge, and shared the challenge details with us, and to Jarrett Lerner, whose #KidsNeedMentors program inspired our Adopt a KidLit Creator initiative!