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Our mission is to share the private visions of our imagination using media such as pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, computers, etc. to record the pictures we see in our minds as we read the words of children's stories.

In 1982, the Children's Book Illustrator's Guild of Minnesota (CBIG) was formed as a resource and support group for artists working in the children's book illustration and literature fields.

We love children's books. They're fun. Everything is possible in children's books: animals can talk, we can flap our arms and fly to different galaxies, vacuum cleaners can come alive and water can run uphill. We're exposed to mysteries and riddles, adventures and discoveries, and our imagination is our only limit. Our job (and joy) as illustrators is to share our private visions of these worlds, using media such as pen-and-ink, watercolor, gouache or a computer to record the pictures we see in our heads as we read the words.

Due to the nature of our work, most artists typically spend a lot of time by themselves. Our monthly meetings give CBIG members a chance to get out of the studio and interact with other people in the same field. Our members range in experience from just starting out to having several published books to their credit.

We discuss and share information on everything related to illustrating and writing children's books. We can get feedback, advice, bounce ideas off of each other, and learn new things about the business of art.

We talk about new books, classic favorites, the nuts and bolts of getting published, art techniques, styles, plot development and prepress production, just to name just a few topics.

Besides our monthly meetings, we regularly schedule extracurricular activities such as a tour of the Children's Museum in St. Paul, seminars on creating book dummies, lectures by editors, authors and illustrators, field trips to places such as children's bookstores, art schools, galleries, as well as opportunities to meet with other artists and sketch in outdoor areas.

We introduce our members to organizations like the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Resource and Counseling Center for the Arts; books and magazines such as Once Upon a Time, The Bologna Annual and Uri Schulevitz's Writing with Pictures.

We're an awesome organization!

If you're interested in joining... Let's Talk!

Latest News

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    December 2nd, 2013
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    November 2nd, 2013
  • CBIG Member, Faythe Mills talks about her most recent book project! Read more +

    October 31st, 2013


We love children's books. They're fun. Everything is possible in children's books!




Springboard For The Arts is a lifelong resource for artists- a place to come for advice, training and renewal. Visit: www.springboardforthearts.org



The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people.Visit: www.scbwi.org Or visit the MN Chapter at www.minnesotascbwi.org



The Children's Book Council, Inc. is the nonprofit trade association of publishers and packagers of trade books and related materials for children and young adults. Visit: www.cbcbooks.org



MCBA serves artists, students, teachers, designers, writers, families, youth, and book lovers through a variety of participatory programs. More than 20 years after opening its doors, MCBA is the most comprehensive independent book arts center in the nation. For more info, visit: www.mnbookarts.org



Childrensillustrators.com is accessed on a daily basis by art buyers from leading publishing houses, advertising agencies and design groups from across the globe. Visit: www.childrensillustrators.com

For Membership information please feel free to contact any of the following:
Shawn McCann smccann_mcad@yahoo.com
Linnell Esler linnell@linnelldesign.com
Beth Rapatz brapatz@gmail.com

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