Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2020 Conference Faculty

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is the author of many award-winning books for children—mostly picture books. Her stories, such as Not Norman, A Goldfish Story, Jumpstart’s 2015 Read for the Record book; Vampire Baby; Your Daddy Was Just Like You; Dance, Y’all, Dance; and One Day I Went Rambling, an Illinois Library Association’s iREAD 2018 selection, celebrate imagination, families, friends, pets… all that goes into being a kid! In celebration of the 15 th anniversary of Not Norman, a new adventure with our finny fish, Norman, One Amazing Goldfish, will publish in 2020!

Kelly is a 2007 graduate of VCFA’s Writing for Children and Young Adults program, and long-standing member of SCBWI and The Author’s Guild. A former ARA for SCBWI-Houston, Kelly now divides her time between Westhampton Beach, NY and Mimiville (which is anywhere her grandboys may be!).
For more about Kelly and her books, visit her website:
And for a swimmingly good time, wade through her blog:

Trisha de Guzman



Trisha de Guzman is an Associate Editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan. She is actively building her list of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and select nonfiction books and graphic novels. Filipino by birth, when she was seven years old she immigrated from Manila to New York City, where she currently lives. Visit her at or on Twitter at @trishadeg.


Susan Fletcher



Although Susan loves to write about long-ago and faraway places, she can’t bring those worlds to life without grounding them in the details of this one.  To that end, she has explored lava tubes and sea caves; spent the night in a lighthouse; traveled along the Silk Road in Iran; ridden in a glider, on a camel, and on a donkey; and cut up (already dead!) baby chicks and mice for a gyrfalcon’s dinner.  To research Journey of the Pale Bear, she explored the grounds of the Tower of London and went backstage at the Oregon Zoo, where, standing breathtakingly near, she watched polar bears Tasul and Conrad lip grapes from their keepers’ open palms.

Journey of the Pale Bear is Susan’s 12th book, including the Dragon Chronicles series, Shadow Spinner, and Alphabet of Dreams.  Collectively, her books have been translated into nine languages; accolades include a Golden Kite Honor Book, the American Library Association’s Notable Books and Best Books for Young Adults, BCCB Blue Ribbon Books, and School Library Journal’s Best Books.

Susan has an M.A. in English from the University of Michigan and taught for many years in the M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College. She lives in Bryan, Texas with her husband, historian R.J.Q. Adams, and their dog, Neville.


Saho Fujii



Saho is a senior art director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She has designed a wide range of books including picture books, board books, activity and novelty books, middle grade and young adult novels. She currently oversees the LBYR’s picture book list. She has worked with many award-winning illustrators including Jerry Pinkney, Javaka Steptoe, Sophie Blackall, Molly Idle, Bryan Collier, Mordicai Gerstein, and John Rocco. She lives in New York City.




Rubin Pfeffer






Rubin Pfeffer served as President and Publisher of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Trade, working with world-renowned writers and illustrators of Adult and Children’s literature including Alice Walker, Umberto Eco, Virginia Hamilton, Wendell Minor, Don and Audrey Wood, Janell Cannon, among many others. As SVP and Chief Creative Officer of Pearson, Inc. Pfeffer coordinated programs between the Penguin imprints and Pearson’s educational products and services. Later, he joined Simon & Schuster as SVP and Publisher of Children’s Books overseeing such fine imprints as S&S BFYR, Atheneum, McElderry Books and the launching of Beach Lane Books.

Pfeffer founded Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC, a literary agency focused on children’s content, representing industry luminaries, award-winners, and exciting new talents. Among his distinguished clients are Susan Cooper, Patricia MacLachlan, Ekua Holmes, Carole Boston Weatherford, Steven Kellogg, Marion Dane Bauer, Arree Chung, Elana K. Arnold, and others whose many books are in the publishing pipeline as we speak. He is based in the Boston area and speaks about the publishing industry and role of literary agents in Children’s Books Publishing at such venues as Simmons College Masters Programs, the Highlights Foundation, Syracuse University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and the SCBWI.

Charlotte Wenger



Charlotte Wenger is a literary agent in the Boston area with Prospect Agency. Prior to joining Prospect, she was an associate editor at Page Street Kids, where she acquired and edited more than twenty picture books in two years. She has her Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from Simmons College (now University) and serves on the national advisory board of the Mazza Museum, the world’s largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators. Charlotte is drawn to children’s literature and art for all ages—board books through YA, but especially picture books. You can find her on Twitter at @WilbursBF_Char.