Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Roundtable Critiques with Art Director Aram Kim

Date(s) - 05/13/2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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For INDIANA members ONLYDate: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern


IN SCBWI is pleased to offer a series of roundtable events led by industry professionals in 2023 FREE of charge to Indiana members only. This one is with art director, Aram Kim.

Aram Kim is a writer, illustrator, and designer of children’s picture books. She was born in Ohio, raised in South Korea, and now lives in Queens, NY, happily surrounded by diverse food and culture. By day, she is an Art Director at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group where she designed and oversaw many award-winning picture books including 2021 Caldecott Medal Winner We Are Water Protectors and 2021 Caldecott Honor Winner A Place Inside of Me. She has worked with both debut illustrators and established illustrators on a wide range of children’s books. As an author/illustrator herself of acclaimed picture books, she is closely connected with illustrators and enjoys learning from them and working with them.

When she is not working as an art director, Aram writes and illustrates her own stories. Her published books include Cat on the Bus (Children’s Choice Reading List 2017, New York Public Library Summer Reading List 2018), No Kimchi for Me! (JLG Gold Selection 2017, Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Book of the Year 2018, A Baker’s Dozen Award 2018), Let’s Go to Taekwondo! ( JLG Gold Selection 2020), and Sunday Funday in Koreatown ( JLG Gold Selection 2021). Her most recent book is Tomorrow Is New Year’s Day (JLG Gold Selection 2022), which is about Seollal, a Korean celebration of Lunar New Year.

To find out more about Aram’s work:
Follow Aram on Instagram: @aramkimart

How the roundtable works:

Attendees will submit a link to their dummy or online portfolio of no more than 12 pages by April 6, 2023, to Teresa (indiana-ra2 (at) with “Illustrator roundtable” in the subject line. Aram will provide written feedback which we will return to you before the Zoom roundtable on May 13th.

Attendees are asked to look at the dummies/portfolios of all 7 other participants so they might understand Aram’s feedback for each person. They are not expected to provide critiques for anyone.

During the Zoom roundtable, Aram will spend 15 minutes on each person where they can ask questions about the feedback.

The Zoom link to the event will be sent to you by 6pm the night before from ARA Alicia Novo ( indiana-ara (at) Please check your spam box if you can’t find it.



If the event is full when you try to register, please email Teresa ( indiana-ra2 (at) ) to be put on the waitlist.


This event is fully booked.