Children's Writers and Illustrators Group

Our Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) is a professional community of writers and illustrators who create content for the children’s publishing market.

We get together regularly for conferences, events and socials. We campaign as a group on issues of specific relevance to us, as well as raising the profile of children's books more generally. Read about our campaigns.

While a democratically-elected committee directs the work of the group, the day-to-day administration is dealt with by the Group Secretary, Jo McCrum.

CWIG events give members plenty of opportunity to socialise and network with industry professionals. Speakers at events include publishers, librarians, booksellers, reviewers and many distinguished writers and illustrators.

We are corporate members of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY UK) and we support the Children's Media Foundation who are dedicated to ensuring that UK children have the best possible choice, range and quality of media available to them. 

Want to get the CWIG newsletter with regular news and features? Contact Jo McCrum to be added to the list.

CWIG Facebook Discussion Group

We have recently established a CWIG Facebook Discussion Group and members are welcome to join. This group is set to 'closed' and is only open to CWIG members. This means that nobody can see what you post except for your fellow children's authors and SoA staff.

For any queries which require immediate or specialist advice please directly contact our advisors on, or call the office on 020 7373 6642.

CWIG Reading for Pleasure Award

54 commendations were given in our inaugural year and we are currently taking nominations! This month we have had commendations from:

Claire Barker for Kentisbury Primary School

Peter Lynas for Oakfield High School and College

Matt Oldfield for St Stephen's Catholic Primary School

Shoo Rayner for Steam Mills Primary

Julie Sykes for Calthorpe Park School

Rhona Whiteford for Ashbridge Independent School and Nursery (pictured above with their golden-tickets hidden in library tickets that give extra break-time)

Daniel Whelan for Ysgol Dinas BrĂ¢n

Congratulations all! But particularly for Calthorpe who have been commended for a second consecutive year. This is what Julie had to say:
'The library at Calthorpe Park School is a warm welcoming space and one where pupils and staff are clearly comfortable visiting. Librarian Paula Ward’s love of books and reading is infectious. She is always looking for new ways to engage all pupils, be it with competitions such as word of the week, author visits and getting pupils involved with shadowing book awards and other events. Paula works closely with the feeder schools and this year she tripled the participation in her book reading challenge, for the upcoming year sixes. 

See here for our awards archive.

Bear in mind that: three awards can be given any time before 14 August 2019 (or for an additional four months for those visits done in a summer term); awards can be given to any educational establishment for under 18s that shows excellence anywhere in the world; you must be an SoA member, and have visited the school this school year over September 2018-July 2019. There is no limitation on the number of awards one school can receive.

Don't hold back on making your nominations. If a school is working hard to encourage reading for pleasure – whether nursery, primary, secondary, public, special or international – reward them. Read more


CWIG AGM Report 2018

Posted: 07 January 2019

Read the latest report from the current CWIG Chair, Shoo Rayner, given at the most recent CWIG AGM on 7 December 2018.

May e-robin

Posted: 13 June 2018

The May CWIG e-robin has been sent out to members. Missed it? Catch up here.

CWIG diary dates

Posted: 01 December 2017

We are not holding any events until we have settled into the new office, but do save these dates in your diary: 

Tuesday 2 July 2019 - Afternoon presentation with Hilary Murray-Hill and other Hachette imprints, Hachette Offices, London. Details tbc.

Saturday 21 September 2019 - CWIG Day Conference, 11am to 6pm, Bedford Row, London, WC1.

Monday 7 October - How to Present Your Picture Book with Cat Weatherill – 10am to 5pm, Bedford Row, London, WC1
Tuesday 8 October - School Visits with Cat Weatherill – 10am to 5pm, Bedford Row, London, WC1

Keep checking this page (and the CWIG newsletters) as we will post save-the-dates as details are confirmed.

We send notification about our events via email only. Please remember to let us know if your email address changes.