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:









WE, the thirty-seven members at Writers & Illustrators of North Carolina, respect all of our readers of every race, religion or gender identity.

WINC is fiercely committed to tolerance, inclusiveness and equal civil rights for everyone. As author-citizens of North Carolina our members will, as we have always done, strive to write and illustrate exceptional and inspiring books for all young people. We will continue to talk with our constituency about books of all kinds in libraries, schools, bookstores and other venues. We will carry on writing, illustrating and speaking about the timeless themes of children’s literature, among them justice, fairness, love and liberty. The Latin root of the word liberty, liber, meaning free, is, after all, also the word for book.

North Carolina is our home and we want it to be a place where the rights of all are protected and everyone is welcome.

The Members of WINC


Many WINC members were proud signatories of this Declaration in Support of Children, created by The Brown Bookshelf. Read it here.


A Few 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

“My purpose is to create a mirror for the reader to see themselves, to create a light for people to see themselves in the characters, pictures, and stories. So they resonate.” —Kadir Nelson

"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

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” --Toni Morrison


"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



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Declaration in Support of Children illustration ©2016 Vanessa Brantley Newton

Cat & Mouse from Wild Things, Front Street Books an imprint of Boyds Mills Press © 2009 Clay Carmichael

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

Betty Bea Needlemayer illustration vignette © 2010 Vanessa Brantley-Newton

WINC logo © 2005 Consie Powell, WINC emerita

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