Become a PJ Library or PJ Our Way Author or Illustrator

*Video art by Sara Varon

Are you an author, author-illustrator, graphic novelist, agent, or publisher who has a Jewish children’s story to share? If so, we want to read it! Here’s your guide to working with PJ Library and PJ Our Way:

Highlights Foundation Scholarship

PJ Library is pleased to announce a scholarship program to nurture and develop authors and illustrators of Jewish-themed books for children. Applicants may apply for full and partial scholarships to attend a Highlights Foundation workshop or Unworkshop.

Applicants should be working on or pursuing a writing or illustrating career with a focus on Jewish themes. A description of your project(s) and interest in Jewish children’s literature, as well as a writing or illustration sample should accompany your application. PJ Library is especially interested in supporting new and diverse voices with these scholarships.

To learn more visit the Highlights Foundation website.

Children's Book Workshop for Visual Storytellers: Exploring Jewish Themes and Content

This summer, PJ Library is sponsoring a week-long intensive workshop to help eight visual storytellers create a draft of a children’s book or graphic novel.

The workshop will be held at The Center for Cartoon Studies in beautiful downtown White River Junction, Vermont and taught by CCS cofounder James Sturm and other CCS faculty. In addition, we’ll hear from book agents, scholars, and publishers.

Admitted participants receive scholarships for the full cost of tuition, lodging and special events, as well as travel and food stipends.

For more information and to apply, visit the Center for Cartoon Studies page.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is not longer accepting applications. 

Tent: Children’s Literature

PJ Library proudly sponsored Tent: Children's Literature, a weeklong retreat for emerging and midcareer writers and illustrators of Jewish picture books, early chapter books, and middle-grade fiction. Emerging and midcareer creators spent a week at the Yiddish Book Center reading and writing, workshopping new projects, and talking about craft and the history of Jewish storytelling. The program offered intensive, multi-day workshops led by prominent critics and editors, as well as seminars on Jewish history, literature, and cultural materials. For more information, visit the Tent: Children's Literature Author Retreat program page.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is not longer accepting applications. 

Author Israel Adventure

PJ Library and PJ Our Way are thrilled to offer an all-expenses paid Israel experience to inspire accomplished children’s and middle-grade authors to bring Israel and Jewish ideas into their writing. For more information, visit the Author Israel Adventure page.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is not currently accepting applications.