2016 SCBWI Bologna Illustrator Interview: Erin Bellingham

By Angela Cerrito
for SCBWI Bologna 2016
and Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

Erin Bellingham grew up in San Diego, where you could usually find her playing make believe, running around outside, reading a book, or doodling. She studied illustration at Cal State Fullerton and moved to Oregon shortly after graduating. 

She now lives in Sherwood,

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author Interview: Kathleen Ahrens

By Resham Premchand
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

As the International Regional Advisor Chair of SCBWI, what initiatives has you seen blossom over the years outside of the U.S.? 

Erzsi Deak started up international regions and became the SCBWI International Regional Advisor Chair (IRAC) in the early part of the last decade.

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author-Illustrator Interview: Inbal Sarid

By Liz Steinglass
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

On your facebook page, you have a very intriguing illustration of a man cutting the hair of a girl wearing a crown. The girl looks both stunned and thrilled. What’s happening in this picture?

This picture is actually my favorite illustration from the last book I finished illustrating.

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author-Illustrator Interview: John Shelley

By Mio Debnam
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

John Shelley studied at Bournville School of Art, then illustration at Manchester Polytechnic under children’s illustrator Tony Ross.

Debuting as a freelance illustrator in London, by 1984, he’d co-founded the artist’s collective Facade Studios with designer Andy Royston and illustrators Jane Ray and Willie Ryan.

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author-Illustrator Interview: Sergio Ruzzier

Photo by Massimiliano Tappari

By P.J. Lyons
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

Sergio Ruzzier was born in Milan, Italy, in 1966, and moved to New York
City in 1995. He has created a number of picture books, including The Room of Wonders (Frances Foster/FSG, 2006),
Amandina (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook,

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Marketing Consultant Interview: Susan Raab of Raab Associates

Susan & Teddy

By Laurie Cutter for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

Susan Raab is president of Raab Associates Inc., the first agency to specialize in marketing and promoting children’s books and products – now in its twenty-sixth year.

Clients have included Bantam Doubleday Dell, Barron’s, Clarion, the International Board on Books for Young People,

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Thank you, SCBWI Bologna 2008

Thank you, SCBWI Bologna 2008–especially Anita Loughrey–for offering Cynsations feature interviews with your wonderful speakers! Have a great conference!

Read the entire SCBWI Bologna 2008 interview series!

And don’t miss today’s interview with author/SCBWI Bologna planner Erzsi Deak, who says, “Putting on a conference is great fun, in that you get immediate gratification. If you are an organization freak like I am,

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Charlesbridge Editor Yolanda LeRoy joins SCBWI Bologna 2008 Faculty

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) is happy to announce that Yolanda LeRoy, Editorial Director at Charlesbridge (US), will participate on the panel, “Why I Love This Book and Published It,” at the SCBWI Bologna Biennial Conference 2008 in Bologna, Italy, on March 30.

LeRoy joins Sarah Odedina of Bloomsbury UK, Carmen Diana Dearden of Ekare Venezuela,

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