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kim Childress

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Women who shape history, now and then

  • May 2018: PENCON, Grand Rapids, MI  

  • Wild Wild Midwest! May 3-5, 2019, multi-regional conference

  • Oct. 5-7, 2018: SCBWI retreat, Pokagon State Park, Potawatom Inn, Angola, IN (for IN and MI SCBWI members)

  • May 5, 2018, time TBD, SCBWI MI-PAL event: A One-Day Humor Conference with Little, Brown editor Heather Alexander

  • Mar. 17-18, 2018: Michigan Reading Association, Detroit, MI, Cobo Center

  • Feb. 2-3, 2018: The Sixth Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates family stories, Kalamazoo Valley Museum 10 am - 4 pm

  • January 2018​: Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, "How a Book is Made" & "Discernment in the Media" 

  • Dec. 10, 2017: Kazoo Books Author Hop, 11 am-1 pm: SCBWI MI-PAL event, Kazoo Books, Kalamazoo, MI 2-4 pm

  • Dec. 1, 2017: SCBWI-MI Merry Mitten Holiday event, Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI, 6-9 pm

  • Aug 5, 2-4 pm, Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI: Meet eight local children's book authors during Education Appreciation Days organized through the  Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Michigan Chapter, Published and Listed Authors (SCBWI-MI PAL)    

  • Aug 7, Literary Luncheon sponsored by The Bookman, Grand Haven, MI
  • Sept. 10, 2017Kerrytown BookFest. Ann Arbor, MI, 10:30 am -5 pm
  • Sept. 15-16, 2017: SCBWI MI Conference, "Gathering at the Grand"
  • June 22-26, ALA Summer Conference 2017, Chicago, IL
  • June 3, 2017, Reading Rocks Rockford, Krause Memorial Library, Rockford, MI
  • June 21-22, “Build-a-Book” & “How a book is Made,” Brownsburg Public Library (Indianapolis)
  • June 22-26, ALA Summer 2017, Chicago, IL
  • Dec. 10, 2016, The Bookman, SCBWI-MI PAL Merry Mitten Holiday, Grand Haven, MI

One Writer's Musings 

Author ~ Editor ~ Reviewer ~ Speaker

Hard to believe it's almost here, the Professional Editors' Network 2018 Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, May 3-5. I am excited and honored to be a member of the faculty, and I look forward to sharing trends in children's publishing I've seen during my twenty-five years as reviewer for Girls' Life magazine children's bookseller for seven years.  Sharing the process of two books I helped create during my time at HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Zondervan), Wacky Bible Grossouts and Wacky Bible Blockheads, I explore various stages of book making, while touching on evolving technologies in different areas along the way, with lots of visuals and children's books in various stages of production. 

From there, examining an industry forever altered by technology, taking a look at the responsibility of editors, to provide the best content possible for our audiences, especially during a time when journalism, reporting, and publishing are under attack. 

Learn more at PENCON 2018, May 3-5, Grand Rapids, MI. Register now here. I look forward to meeting many new industry professionals! 

-Kim, April 16, 2018

By Kim Childress
Cherry Lake (Sleeping Bear Press)

​Part of the Find Your Future in STEAM series​. 

events & Appearances

Find Your Future in Art, Cherry Lake/Sleeping Bear Press, Aug. 2016

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