Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Online Illustration Critique W/ Macmillan Art Director Aram Kim

Date(s) - 12/08/2021
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Join us for an online illustration critique meeting via Zoom.

We welcome special guest, Aram Kim, Art Director at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Here’s how it will work:

•  Registration opens Friday 12/3/2021.

•  Up to 10 Northern Ohio participants can submit images for inclusion in the critique. (Due to the limited number of critique slots, artwork sharing is for SCBWI Ohio North members only. Other SCBWI members are welcome to participate as critique observers please select ‘just sitting in’ at registration.) Registration options are included below.

•  Participants may send three image for inclusion in the critique.  Send the images in JPG format. 1600 pixels is a good width (by whatever height). The file sizes should not exceed 5MB per image. Please make sure your file is labeled with your name. Send the images to Images must be received by midnight 12/7/2021.  If your files are too big to send, please use .

•  Participants will receive access to a private blog site where the images will be posted for display during the critique meeting.

•  The critique moderator will initiate the Zoom call five minutes prior to the start of the session. We will need to limit the amount of discussion for each image to stay on schedule.

Please download the Zoom Client for Meetings app. to your desktop prior to the critique.  To download go to ->

If you are not familiar with using Zoom, set up a test call with Illustrator Coordinator Merrill Rainey prior to the event.

Since this is a members-only event, please be sure that you are logged in to this site in order to see the registration options.


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).

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