Tell Your Story: Essential Conversations

Children’s books that reflect the richness of the human experience through diversity, inclusion, and access are catalysts for change.   

We developed our Essential Conversations programming to amplify the need and call for more diverse, inclusive, and accessible books.

We want to provide craft, education, and community-building for creatives and professionals in and around the children’s book industry.

Join us in these essential conversations, for professional development opportunities and for in-community courses and retreats.

Join Us For Essential Conversations: Craft and Community

Inspiring Children Through Story

“My picture book ... deals with parents separating. One little boy, who parents recently divorced, went to bed with [it] many nights. This deeply moved me to know this picture book helped this little boy.

"I tutor 2nd grade reluctant readers. My understanding of picture book structure and prose allows me to help them learn more than words. Rather than just read the story, we talk about it."

"You mean I get to keep this book forever?"

…Spoken by a child in tears who was gifted with one of my books at a school visit and had never owned a book before.

"When I hear kids giggle while I’m reading [my book] I feel like I’ve done the job I intended to do."

Resources for essential conversations

Why We Need More LGBTQIA+ Picture Books

Why We Need More LGBTQIA+ Picture Books

A Weekend Without a Glossary: Why I’m Going to the Retreat for Jewish Kidlit Writers

A Weekend Without a Glossary: Why I’m Going to the Retreat for Jewish Kidlit Writers

Writing the Rainbow: Rob Sanders and Lesléa Newman Talk About LGBTQIA+ Picture Books

Writing the Rainbow: Rob Sanders and Lesléa Newman Talk About LGBTQIA+ Picture Books

Fellows Announced for the 2019-2020 Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellowship

Fellows Announced for the 2019-2020 Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellowship

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Pamela Courtney Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Pamela Courtney Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Jacqueline Barnes Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Jacqueline Barnes Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Narmeen Lakhani Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Narmeen Lakhani Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Jessica Galán Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Jessica Galán Talks About Her Why

Visiting Our Campus

Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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