SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

12th Annual SF/South Illustrators’ Day 2018

Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/15/2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location
Chronicle Books Headquarters
680 2nd St - San Francisco, CA 94107


Full Participants tickets are SOLD OUT.    Tickets for Viewer Participants are still available.

Join us for our 12th Annual SF/South Illustrators’ Day at Chronicle Books’ headquarters!

Spend the day with Chronicle Design Director Jennifer Tolo Pierce and Chronicle Art Director Amelia Mack. This year’s Illustrators’ Day challenge is different: A novelty book.

We’re talking shaped, flapped, tabbed, textured, foiled, accordion, pop-up, fold-out, flip-flop, etc.  From baby books all the way up to teens! It’s all an option!

You can use your own idea, or you can choose from one of two given prompts below. You get to show your prototype or three page spread on the day of the event.

Note

Your prototypes can be in the early stages, just white paper with loose sketching for example. It’s about relaying the ideas about the novelty elements in the simplest way possible. A more finished sample of the illustration (from an entirely different project even) can supplement and enrich how we might visualize and discuss your ideas on the day of the event. If you’re feeling more ambitious, by all means go for it!

Recommended Resources

We know some of you haven’t done this before. Here are some recommended resources to help:

The Elements of Pop-Up by James Diaz and David A. Carter

ANYTHING pop-up by Robert Sabuda


 

FEES

Space is limited so register early to secure a spot.

Early Bird – Friday, June 29 – NOW CLOSED

Full participants – $120  – SOLD OUT

(Full participants WILL participate in the challenge assignment. All participants are to bring their portfolio AND a post card)

Viewer participants – $60

(Viewer participants will NOT participate in the challenge assignment. All participants are to bring their portfolio AND a post card)

Regular Registration – Tuesday, July 31st – NOW OPEN

Full participants $130 –  SOLD OUT

(Full participants WILL participate in the challenge assignment. All participants are to bring their portfolio AND a post card)

Viewer participants $70; Non-member pricing: $75

(Viewer participants will NOT participate in the challenge assignment. All participants are to bring their portfolio AND a post card)

Cancellation and Refunds

Full Participants – Cancel before August 8th for a full refund minus $25 cancellation fee. Cancellation after this date will not receive any refund.

Viewer Participants – Cancel before Sept 1st for a full refund minus $25 cancellation fee. Cancellation after this date will not receive any refund.


 

CHALLENGE ASSIGNMENT

NOVELTY CHILDREN’S BOOK

Novelty books are a significant area of focus for the Children’s Group at Chronicle Books. It is a genre of publishing they wish to expand on and they are always on the look out for proposals that break the mould of the traditional book and offers enhanced interaction for young readers.

The definition of a novelty book is actually quite broad. It could mean a book that in every other way resembles a traditional book except it has one or two additional features, such as flaps or diecuts. Often novelty books take the form of board books for the youngest of children, but this is not a rule. A novelty book could also be something that breaks a away from the book form in a more considerable way; perhaps taking the shape of something else (a rainbow, or car for ex). It could mean a book that functions in a less traditional way, with accordion binding, or takes on a roll form. It could have added components like a magnifying glass, a soft character or puppet, tabbed pages, or removable pieces. With all these possibilities, keep in mind the key to any successful novelty book is that its form compliments and makes sense for its content.

 

DESIGN CRITERIA

Create a novelty book for children. Your book could be for an infant or toddler all the way up to a teenager. Your book should take into consideration your reader’s age. The form your book takes should make sense for the content and add interaction and enrichment to the reading experience.

Draw inspiration from your own childhood passions! For example, the common phenomenon of children being obsessed with purses is what inspired our What’s in Your Purse? novelty book. Did you love science or adore a certain animal as a child? Was there a formative experience in your young life that could have been supported by a cool book? Was there a novelty book from your childhood you remember fondly? Can you cater your love of art to an early shapes concept book? Please read over the PBS Developmental Milestones Guide http://www.pbs.org/wholechild/abc/ as it may trigger an idea and it will certainly help you shape your novelty book’s content to be age appropriate for your chosen topic.

If you’re stumped for ideas or would like to work with an existing text, you can base your novelty book on one of the two provided poems (“My Lemonade Stand” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich or “Big Dreams” by April Halprin Wayland) included below. 

 

CONSIDERATIONS/NOTES

You will not be expected to illustrate a full book but to present a visual example for your intended final rendering (your illustrations). Depending on how complicated your concept is, it may make sense to prototype an entire book or just 3 spreads may be enough to convey the concept.

Materials: Will your novelty book be paper-based or something else? Will it have special effects such as metallic foil, or tactile elements such as fabric or wood?

Because many vendors are bookstores, it will be essential for your book to have a spine or be able to be “shelved” in some way.

Is there a way for the cover to convey the interior concept or novelty element in an elegant way? This consideration comes up a lot with online retailing.

If you are doing a board book for the very young, board books are generally 6-8 spreads.

Helpful supplemental material:

Printouts of inspirational mood boards

An example of your illustration in the style you would imagine rendering the book


 

SUBMISSION DETAILS

September 10 deadline: For Full Participants 

Photos of your prototypes and/or scans of sketches showing functionality of your book. This can include an example of your illustration in the style you would imagine rendering the book.

Scans/photos should be provided ahead of time so that items can be projected onto large screen. Files should be named:

firstname_lastname_1.jog
firstname_lastname_2.jpg
firstname_lastname_3.jpg
No more than 3. Email files to suerankin@suerankin.com

September 15 deadline: For Full Participants

Physical forms must be brought to onsite to the event.

Bring in your prototypes or detailed sketches showing functionality of your book. An example of your illustration in the style you would imagine rendering the book would also be helpful. Printouts of inspirational mood boards could also be helpful in relaying your visions the day of the event.

September 15 deadline: For Full Participants and Viewer Participants

ALL attendees are to bring their portfolios AND post card to the event.


 

SAMPLE PROVIDED POEMS

MY LEMONADE STAND by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Cookies for sale!
And cake! One dime!
That’s what it says
on my cardboard sign.
I pile cookies on a plate.
I eat just one
and then, I wait . . .
I taste the cake
(one tiny slice)
I squeeze the lemons
and stir the ice;
I count and stack
the paper cups . . .
fresh lemonade
is coming up!
I count the bruises
on my knee . . .
won’t somebody buy something, please?

 

BIG DREAMS by April Halprin Wayland

The scruffy house cat aches to y—
she dreams all day of wings and sky!

So tonight
she climbs the ladder, mounts a platform, nothing matters

except to catch
a thin trapeze
then hold on tight with grace and ease.

She swings herself by both front paws then somersaults to wild applause

of kitchen mice, who, though dizzy, encourage Cat,
to keep her busy.


 

*Reach out to Susan Rankin with any questions.

**The SCBWI registration system accepts VISA or MasterCard. Availability is limited, so reserve your spot today!

We hope to see you there!

Danielle, Kristi, Ana, and Sue
Your San Francisco/South Regional Team

This event is fully booked.