Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Homework Assignments

For Illustrators

Homework Assignment from Maria Middleton

Create your own version of The Secret Garden book cover. This wonderful story can lend itself to a variety of successful interpretations!

Dimensions for the front cover are 5.625 x 8.5. You should consider how to include the title and author’s name in the composition so it feels integrated. The art can be in any style you prefer: realistic, graphic novel, iconic, etc. Feel free to make this YOUR secret garden!

No need to pre-register to participate.

Email your finished Secret Garden cover (one per participant, 300 dpi as a jpeg) to Robyn Waters at by May 1, 2018. Please put “Secret Garden cover” in the subject of your email.

Maria will be including select images in both her Saturday and Sunday presentations.

Supply List for Lauren Castillo’s Foam Printing Workshop on Sunday

If you are participating in this workshop, please bring:

*PAPER: anything between 8 x 10 and 9 x 12ish should be good. Lauren likes to use Strathmore Bristol, either smooth or Vellum texture.

*FOAM – can be a sheet of foam board, or egg carton/takeout container. Enough to cut up some shapes for printing. (Lauren will bring foam too, for those who do not have any.)


*BRUSHES – a few different sized foam brushes and/or paint brushes

*ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINTS: blues, yellows, greens and red/orange colors. Or any other colors you’d like to bring along.

*PAPER TOWELS or paint rag

*CUP/container for water

*PAPER PLATES or Styrofoam tray for paint palette

*Favorite black and/or brown drawing PEN or MARKER (Fine point sharpies could work.)


*SPONGE for cleanup