Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Professional Series Meeting — Animal Representation Panel

Date(s) - 03/12/2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Join us on Zoom Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 10:00 AM Pacific for the SCBWI WWA March Professional Series Meeting.


Animal Representation Panel – Moderated by Suma Subramaniam


Published authors, a literary agent, and a former editor explore changes in animal representation in children’s fiction and nonfiction and identify gaps to be addressed. We discuss ways to move beyond value judgments and anthropomorphism to better craft animals on the page–which, in turn, can help broaden children’s perception of the natural world. The panel will share strong examples and examine how this more realistic representation might serve young readers aware of today’s environmental concerns.


Fees are non-refundable.

SCBWI members: $10 

Nonmembers: $15



Evan Griffith

Evan Griffith is the author of the middle-grade novel Manatee Summer and the picture book biography Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist. He studied writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Formerly a full-time book editor, he continues to edit books on a freelance basis. He also teaches online writing classes through The Writing Barn, a creative writing education center. He lives in Austin, Texas.






Mary Quattlebaum

Mary Quattlebaum’s 28 award-winning picture books, nonfiction, and chapter books often feature animals and the natural world.  Recent titles include Brother, Sister, Me and You; Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods; Hero Dogs, and forthcoming early readers Hedgehogs and Adorable Animals. She teaches in the MFA program in writing for children and young adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and writes frequently for Washington Post/KidsPost and Washington Parent.  Mary lives in Washington, DC, where she and her family tend a small urban wildlife garden in their backyard. 




J. Albert Mann

J. Albert Mann is a disability activist, an award-winning poet, and the author of eight published novels for children. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is the Partner Liaison for the WNDB Internship Grant Committee. She lives on a little fishing boat in the Boston Harbor with her first mate, Marcella, a ginger tabby. 




Victoria Wells Arms

Victoria Wells Arms started her publishing career as an editor at Dial Books for Young Readers and Putnam and then as founding editorial director of Bloomsbury USA children’s list. Victoria switched sides of the desk in 2013 and became an agent for authors and illustrators covering the full range of children’s books, some adult fiction, and food–related titles. In 2019 she received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not reading or writing, Victoria can be found in the kitchen, cooking with her kids while her rescued terrier Felix monitors the family’s dive-bombing parakeets. Instagram




Suma Subramaniam

Suma Subramaniam is a recruiter by day and a writer by night. She is a contributing author of The Hero Next Door (Penguin Random House, 2019), Fairies (Capstone, 2021), Centaurs (Capstone, 2022), She Sang For India: How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice For Change (FSG, 2022), and Namaste Is A Greeting (Candlewick, 2022). She is a volunteer of SCBWI and We Need Diverse Books and lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and a dog who watches baking shows.




Register Below:

This virtual webinar will be presented via Zoom Saturday, March 12, at 10:00 AM Pacific. Registration is required. Note that registration closes at midnight, Thursday, March 10, 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 by Friday, March 11. Several days after the live event, confirmed registrants will also receive access to a replay of the webinar.