Membership Criteria

For Author and Illustrators
Works should include at least one published book by a traditional publisher and a second book either published by or under contract with a traditional publisher. Traditional publisher is defined as a publisher who assumes the cost of publication and marketing. At this time, self-published works do not meet the requirements for CBG membership.

For Those Working in Other Media
In the case of persons working in media other than books, original work must constitute, in the opinion of the Membership Committee, the equivalent of two books by writers and illustrators. At least fifty percent of this material must have been created and presented to audiences within the past five years. The Membership Committee should be supplied with reviews of these presentations, if available, and with links to video or other relevant media, as well as with information about current viewing and/or broadcasts.

For Librarians and Media Specialists, Editors, Reviewers, Literacy and Literature Specialists, Publishers and other individual applicants: Please see the application form for information to provide.

Organizational Memberships for Publishers, Organizations, and Independent Bookstores
The Children’s Book Guild welcomes applications from DC-Metro area publishers and organizations whose work may be either local, national, or international in scope. CBG often partners with its organizational members for initiatives such as its annual CBG DC-Metro Youth Literacy Grants, which are facilitated by member organization First Book.

Publishers and organizations seeking membership should submit background information about themselves and their work, and its relevance to the mission of CBG.

The Children’s Book Guild also welcomes applications from DC-Metro area independent bookstores whose sales include, or who specialize in, literature for young readers. CBG partners with member bookstores for sales at its events.

If you have further questions, please contact: CBG Membership

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