Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

May Professional Series Meeting — Keynote with Ellen Oh

Date(s) - 05/16/2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Join us for our 2020-2021 SCBWI WWA May Professional Series meeting. This meeting (and all our professional series meetings this season) is FREE, and will be hosted via Zoom.


Keynote: The Power of Words with Ellen Oh

Join us for a Zoom conversation with author and anthologist Ellen Oh, cofounder, president, and CEO of We Need Diverse Books on Sunday, May 16th, at 10:00 AM Pacific. Learn about the statistics behind POC representation in children’s literature, the need for books with authentic representation, the benefits of exposing all children to books about a wide range of identities, and Ellen’s own story as an Asian American.

We Need Diverse Books is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. WNDB strives to create a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. To reach this goal, they’ve created programs to celebrate diverse books, to mentor diverse writers and illustrators, to support diverse publishing professionals, and to provide books to classrooms nationwide.



Ellen Oh is a former adjunct college instructor and lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. She loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, and cooking shows, and is a rabid fan of the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra series. Ellen is the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children’s literature. Originally from New York City, Ellen lives in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband and three children and has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel.



This FREE virtual event will be presented via Zoom Sunday, May 16, at 10:00 AM Pacific. Registration is required. Note that registration closes midnight, Friday, May 14, or once we reach capacity. Register now to reserve your spot! If you are an SCBWI member, please log in to your SCBWI account to register.

All confirmed registrants will receive an email containing the event’s access information on Saturday, May 15.