Writers & Illustrators of North Carolina

invites you to learn more about children's books published by North Carolinians.

Our member authors and illustrators give individual and group readings, many teach writing at schools and conferences nationwide, and most have won state and national literary awards.

Many WINC members are available for:





WINC congratulates our own


Carole Boston Weatherford


whose Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, earned multiple 2016 ALA accolades.

~ Sibert Book Award Honor
~ Caldecott Honor
~ Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for illustrator Ekua Holmes


Julie Fortenberry, illustrator


whose Sadie and Ori and the Blue Blanket, written by Jamie Korngold, was named a 2016 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Young Readers.


WINC Favorite Quotations

You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children." ~ Pablo Casals, cellist

"Children’s literature is a place of great experimentation. Like children themselves, it can be hilariously playful and deeply serious. It isn’t content to sit on shelves and behave. It is inquisitive, exploratory – and difficult to categorise. It tells tales of rabbits and ducks, of vampires and zombies, of ordinary kids in ordinary homes, of love and death, and explores the most profound, joyful and troubling aspects of human experience. It experiments with narrative and form, with the shape of the page and the shape of the book. It is where literary culture is constantly renewed. We overlook this world at our peril. It is, and always will be, at the heart of our cultural life." ~ David Almond

"A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming. ~ Madeleine L'Engle

"Growing up with five brothers taught me that it's good to be the guy telling the story after the lamp gets broken."~ Jon Scieszka


"Years ago someone said to me, 'Jackson, your books must be printed on scar tissue.' I was pleased. ~ Richard Jackson, children's book editor and publisher

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."~ Pablo Picasso, artist


"Children may be fiends in all kinds of ways, but they are not hypocrites. If you remember, it was a child who cut through all the pretence and pointed out that the Emperor had no clothes on." ~ Joan Aiken, novelist for children


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Turtles from An Island Scrapbook, Simon & Schuster © 1998 Virginia Wright Frierson

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