Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Meet Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen

Why did the idea of joining an organization for children's book creators appeal to you in 1971?

Sue Alexander was so excited about it, and there simply wasn't anything else around.

What have you gained by being a member of SCBW(I)?

Friends, colleagues, students who have become colleagues, a sharpening of my critical skills, in teaching and giving speeches, the possibility of affecting the growth of the field in a very real way.

Why do you think people who are interested in writing or illustrating children's books should join SCBWI?

Collegiality, knowledge, networking.

Do you think SCBWI membership is also valuable to published authors and illustrators?

Yes, more so now than say five or ten years ago. 

What is your favorite SCBWI memory?

Three of them: 1. The first speech at the first national conference in LA where Sid Fleischman and I spoke. He made them laugh. I made them cry. 2. The New England conference when Julius Lester was bested in an argument by a woman who later became his agent. 3. Everyone singing happy birthday to me on my 69th birthday at SCBWI New York.

What do you consider your most important contribution to SCBWI New England? 

Starting it and then letting it grow and letting it go.