Discover books by authors who live in your own state – maybe even your own neighborhood! Our Read Local Challenge features traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington D.C. – We can’t wait to meet you!
We invite all schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many of these books from local authors/illustrators as you can, then visit our websites to find our already-scheduled book signings and events, or to schedule a visit to your school or library!
Our official challenge period runs from October through May, but you don’t have to wait for the fall. Summertime is a great chance to catch up with the books you missed from last year’s challenge or get a jump on the next one! With the stories in our Read Local Challenge, your summer is sure to be full of adventure as you travel with us from the desert to the rainforest, across the United States, and even into space! You can visit the distant past and the far-off future, and even explore stories that take place right now. You might even learn a new skill!
All of our Read Local authors and illustrators have agreed to offer a 10% discount on their speaking fees* for any school or library participating in the Read Local Challenge. Now is the perfect time to schedule a visit. We’d love to get to know you! *Joint visits at special rates are also available. If you’d like to set up a special panel for your school or library, please click the green button above, or email Veronica Bartles, Published and Listed Coordinator for the MD/DE/WV chapter of SCBWI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss our FREE Read Local webinars!*
*If you do miss them, no worries, the video will be available here after the webinar is over. – To test your system to see if it is compatible with our webinar software, click here.
Click the image above to find out more about each author in the Picture Book level of our MD/DE/VA/DC Read Local Challenge, or visit the authors’ individual profile pages:
Karen Leggett Abouraya (Silver Spring, MD) | Veronica Bartles (Baltimore, MD) | Margie Blumberg (Bethesda, MD) | Jean Heilprin Diehl (Chevy Chase, MD) | Pamela Ehrenberg (Washington, D.C.) | Lezlie Evans (Brambleton, VA) | Rebecca Evans (Severna Park, MD) | Sue Fliess (Ashburn, VA) | Claudia Friddell (Baltimore, MD) | Laura Gehl (Chevy Chase, MD) | Maria Gianferrari (Leesburg, VA) | Erin Hagar (Baltimore, MD) | Amy Hansen (Greenbelt, MD) | Sylvia Liu (Virginia Beach, VA) | Megan Wagner Lloyd (Arlington, VA) | Ann McCallum (Kensington, MD) | John Micklos, Jr. (Newark, DE) | Anne Marie Pace (Charlottesville, VA) | Courtney Pippin-Mathur (Alexandria, VA) | Susan Stockdale (Chevy Chase, MD) | Sarah Sullivan (Williamsburg, VA) | Lois Szymanski (Westminster, MD) | Chiêu Anh Urban (Laytonsville, MD) | Timothy Young (Easton, MD)
Click the image above to find out more about each author in the Middle Grade level of our MD/DE/VA/DC Read Local Challenge, or visit the authors’ individual profile pages:
Barbara Carney-Coston (Washington, D.C.) | Ginjer Clarke (Richmond, VA) | Jen Swann Downey (Charlottesville, VA) | Pamela Ehrenberg (Washington, D.C.) | Claudia Friddell (Baltimore, MD) | Leah Henderson (Washington, D.C.) | Sara Lewis Holmes (Hampton, VA) | Deborah Kalb (Chevy Chase, MD) | Amie Rose Rotruck (Mount Airy, MD) | Shelley Sackier (Charlottesville, VA) | CAP Saucier (Cockeysville, MD) | Laura Shovan (Ellicott City, MD) | Sarah Sullivan (Williamsburg, VA) | Erin Teagan (Purcellville, VA) | Elissa Brent Weissman (Baltimore, MD)
Click the image above to find out more about each author in the Young Adult level of our MD/DE/VA/DC Read Local Challenge, or visit the authors’ individual profile pages:
Penelope Aaron (North Bethesda, MD) | Veronica Bartles (Catonsville, MD) | Linda Budzinski (Sterling, VA) | Vonnie Winslow Crist (Jarrettsville, MD) | Pintip Dunn (Kensington, MD) | Meg Eden (Severn, MD) | Leigh Goff (Annapolis, MD) | Christina June (Fairfax County, VA) | Kathy MacMillan (Owings Mills, MD) | Kristen-Paige Madonia (Charlottesville, VA) | Susan Moger (Edgewater, MD) | Valerie O. Patterson (Leesburg, VA) | Michelle Ray (Silver Spring, MD) | Sharon Huss Roat (Hockessin, DE) | Shelley Sackier (Charlottesville, VA) | A.B. Westrick (Richmond, VA)
Special thanks to author Jen Malone, who created a Read Local New England Challenge, and shared the challenge details with us!