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The Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC provides opportunities for DC-Metro area professionals to engage with others in the local and national children's literature community.

The Children's Book Guild (CBG) welcomes published authors and illustrators, as well as librarians and media specialists, literacy and literature specialists, publishers, editors, reviewers, booksellers, scholars, nonprofit organizations, and other professionals working in disciplines concerned with literature for young readers.

CBG membership provides opportunities to gather throughout the year to share and exchange information, ideas, and experiences about the creative process, issues of publishing and promotion, writing trends, literacy, and to learn from visiting colleagues in the field. We encourage and promote inclusivity, diversity, and equity in the field of children's literature.

Membership benefits include priority access to CBG’s Speaker Series and Nonfiction Award event, an opportunity to hear from top authors, illustrators, editors, and others about their work and current topics in the field; social media support and a member newsletter for sharing your news; for authors and illustrators, a dedicated author/illustrator page on the CBG website; links from our membership page to all member sites. Active members are encouraged to attend a minimum of three CBG events per year, and expected to contribute to Guild activities.

We welcome new members throughout the year. To apply for membership, simply fill out this form. There is no fee to apply. Membership dues are $85, renewed each spring, and prorated for new members. We offer scholarships to those for whom dues may pose a financial hardship.

To learn more about membership criteria, click here

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