In 2018, children’s book authors Grace Lin and Karen Blumenthal founded the kidlitwomen* project. In the month of March, in honor of Women’s History Month, people contributed essays about the inequities of the children’s literature community and how they could possibly be fixed. Over 100 articles were written and shared; and Grace created the kidlitwomen* podcast to continue the conversations.
After producing 100 episodes, Grace decided to retire the podcast by creating a scholarship for a woman of color with a passion for illustrating for children to attend a qualifying Highlights Foundation workshop (applicable to in-person or online courses). The scholarship includes full tuition to a Highlights Foundation workshop for illustrators plus a travel stipend of up to $500 if attending in person.
Scholarships applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Why is this scholarship focused on WOC illustrators? These two podcasts talk about the gender inequity of the illustration awards:
Gender Inequity: Caldecott by the Numbers & the CSK Illustrator Awards by Christine Taylor-Butler
A Conversation with Christine Taylor-Butler
Listen to how the kidlitwomen* project began:
The Origins of the kidlitwomen* Project