Anyone with a demonstrated interest in children’s book illustration may become a member, whether published or not. CBIG’s membership year starts in January and ends in December. Membership must be renewed annually. The $50.00 annual dues fee goes toward honoraria for our speakers as well as printing, postage, promotional efforts on behalf of our members, Web hosting, and other necessary expenses to run this all-volunteer organization. January, March, May, and September meetings are included in the membership dues. There may be an additional fee (usually around $40) for attending the November Portfolio Review meeting to cover the cost of the meeting space, supplies, and guest-reviewer honoraria.To contact CBIG, please email

If you’re interested in joining, please put Membership in the subject line.

All members must abide by our Code of Conduct and Anti-harassment Policy.

For more info on CBIG member benefits, see the About page.

Can I attend a CBIG meeting if I’m not a member?

Yes. Non-members pay $15.00 at the door.  The one exception is that the November portfolio review meeting is for members only. Regular meetings typically take place the second Sunday of every other month, starting in January.

Non-members also may receive meeting notices via our Yahoo group. To join our Yahoo group, write to with a brief description of your interest in CBIG. The Yahoo group is for those who have attended meetings or plan to, as well as members. It’s not for those who have a general interest in children’s books or children’s book publishing–it strictly pertains to our group.

For more info about becoming a member or attending a meeting, write to

Note: Participation in the Nov. Portfolio Review is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Two weeks prior to the event, members receive an invitation with instructions on how to participate. Historically speaking, there is most likely space for all who want to take part in the Review; but there are no guarantees and some members may be waitlisted.