Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

COVID-19 Resources Page

Let’s stay safe at home…together!

(Updated 09/08/2020; adapted from SCBWI Illinois’ COVID-19 resources page)

Resources for self-care, creativity and community Turn to this evolving webpage full of resources for whatever we might need at this critical time. See a hole? Help us fill it with your suggestion! (NOTE: this is for MEMBERS ONLY; SCBWI has a non-solicitation policy.) We’ll update this page regularly with your resources which will serve to comfort and let everyone know that help is at hand!

We’re here for you.
Our most fervent thoughts are with our SCBWI-Nebraska community—particularly those of you on the front lines like first responders, teachers, medical professionals and essential service providers—and all those who might become ill with COVID-19.

Thank you to everyone who contributes and to all our members and regional volunteers who continue to provide resources, unfailing service and technical expertise during this unprecedented time.  It’s members like you that make our SCBWI Nebraska Region great!

QUESTIONS? RESOURCES? IDEAS? Click on your Regional Team Members’ emails,
Alison Pearce Stevens, RA
Chloe Burgett
, IC


Center For Disease Control Coronavirus Prevention

Highlights Monday Meditation with Laurie Calkhoven
10am EST on Mondays; Free & registration required

ADAA  Coronavirus and Managing Anxiety website resource page updated daily

National Alliance on Mental Illiness COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide

University of Nebraska COVID-19 Emotional Support Resources Geared toward students but has a list of wellness-based apps and other resources.

211 Iowa & Nebraska provides a variety of resources. If you don’t know where to start looking for help, this is a great place to start.



Join the SCBWI Nebraska Group
Want to chat with your community? Share a helpful resource? Ask a burning question? Join the SCBWI Nebraska Group!  Members will get an invitation to join the Group. If you are a new member and haven’t received an invitation, email Alison Pearce Stevens and she will make sure you can join.  Conversation, good news and blatant self-promotion is encouraged here—toot your own horn or someone else’s!

Chat with us at Monday Shop Talk
Our regional volunteers are hosting an online Weekly Shop Talk chat via Zoom so that members might come together for some care, community and creativity!  Drop in on Monday evenings between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. (Central time), no registration required.  Each Shop Talk will focus on a kidlit topic, then open up to socialize. When you attend, you are entered to win a free webinar (one given out each month).  The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win!

If you have never used Zoom, please watch these two videos to help you Zoom up to speed!

How to Download and Run Zoom:

How to set up your audio and video on Zoom:

Join your SCBWI Nebraska Facebook Group
Want to stay in touch and connect with your local Network via social media? If you haven’t already, ask to join our members-only Facebook Group. It’s a great place to share news, laugh, and talk shop—from a safe distance!

Tag us on Twitter
Follow us and share your news on Twitter, or tag us @SCBWINebraska.


SCBWI Emergency Fund Offers grants of up to $1500 for members in crisis.
Emergency Fund FAQs  Apply here.  Donate to support the Emergency Fund

Time Out–Financial Resources for KidLit Creators During COVID-19
by Nancy Castaldo, RAE, SCBWI-Eastern NY

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation provides a plethora of resources for Nebraskans.



SCBWI-Regional Webinars
Webinars offered by Regions around the world!

SCBWI Digital Workshops
LIVE Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm PDT beginning April 2, 2020
To register, log in to the SCBWI website as a member. Then visit the Digital Workshop Event Page here. Didn’t register in time? No problem? Each workshop is available for viewing 24 hours after the live event.

Highlights Webinars 
#HFGathers Free Online Sessions
Highlights 30+10 Free Webinars with Optional Paid Critiques
Highlights Online Webinars
Donate to Highlights

Manuscript Wish List Academy Podcast

SCBWI Podcasts
Season 4, Episode 7: MT Anderson

New York Times bestselling author and winner of the National Book Award M. T. Anderson speaks with Theo Baker about history and time, experimentation, and literature. They also discuss research and switching between multiple projects.

Listen to the M.T. Anderson TRAILER Now


SCBWI Work-In-Progress, Don Freeman and Karen & Philip Cushman
Apply through April 15, 2020

The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award

Apply through April 20, 2020



The Do’s & Don’ts of Online Video Meetings by Brian X. Chen; (New York Times; March 25, 2020)
“As we move away from in-person network events to more Zoom, Skype, Google meetings, there are ways to get the most out of these kinds of gatherings”–shared by Kate Hannigan

How to Keep the Party Crashers From Crashing Your Zoom Event, (Zoom Blog on WordPres; March 20, 2020)
Avoid uninvited disruption at your next online event with these tips from Zoom.



A checklist to help you promote your #kidlitquarantine event 
Janna Morishima, of Janna Co., a literary agency specializing in Children’s and YA graphic novels and visual storytelling, has put together a checklist on how to promote your online events for #kidlitquarantine.

Enjoy the May 1-2 online event!

Children’s Publishers Relax Fair Use Policies
Publisher’s Weekly article

Recent changes to publisher’s copyright laws to address COVID-19
School Library Journal article

The Hot Sheet Book Publishing News
Coronavirus News and Resources

Smaller Children’s Publishers Adapting to Coronavirus
Publisher’s Weekly article

BookToss Blog #kidlitquarantime resources



PW Article about #AuthorsBuyIndie campaign to support local indies

Contact, Ordering Info and Social Media Handles for Local Booksellers
All the information you need to buy indie right now

#AuthorsBuyIndie campaign to support local booksellers
Directions on how to purchase and promote

Audiobooks Audiobooks is partnering with indie bookstores

Support indie bookstores provides money to independent book stores with every purchase. It’s a great alternative to Amazon (which is focused on shipping non-book essentials at this time).



SCBWI is compiling a directory of what our published members are making available online to entertain, instruct, and inspire children and young people.  If you are a FULL or PAL Member and would like to be listed, fill out this form by Thursday of every week to be included in the directory for publication the following Monday. For complete information about the program, click here

Today Show “How to Homeschool with Free Resources”