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Mission Statement 

The mission of the Children's Book Guild is to:

Provide opportunities for DC-Metro area professionals involved in a variety of disciplines in the field of children’s literature – including authors, illustrators, librarians, literacy and literature specialists, publishers, editors, booksellers, scholars, non-profit organizations, and others – 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.

Encourage and promote inclusivity, diversity, and equity in the field of children’s literature.

Encourage and promote literacy for young readers in the DC-Metro area, through member and organizational outreach, and through initiatives such as the CBG DC-Metro Youth Literacy Grants.


Encourage and promote high standards of literary quality in the field of children’s literature.

Recognize quality children’s literature on a national level by selecting and honoring a recipient for the Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, given annually to a writer for the body of her, their, or his work, in the writing of nonfiction for young readers.

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