SCBWI Logo Contest Winner

Kate/ August 20, 2014/ graphic design, news

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – The Eastern Pennsylvania (EPA) chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has a new logo, designed and illustrated by Kate Garchinsky.

Adrienne Wright, Regional Illustration Coordinator for EPA, announced a logo re-design contest for the chapter’s logo on June 26, 2014. The online Call For Entry asked for a logo design that would “knock the socks off all the other chapter’s logos!”

Philadelphia author/illustrator Kate Garchinsky decided to enter the contest after hearing Wright’s announcement during the EPA’s Illustrator Day at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prizes included a free SCBWI membership renewal, entry to the upcoming “Sundaes With Editors!” ice cream social on August 17, and of course, exposure.

“I wanted to create a symbol that embodied the spirit of imagination. With the ‘Golden Kite’ as the SCBWI’s official icon, it made total sense to me to honor Benjamin Franklin as our mascot,” said Kate Garchinsky, referring to Franklin’s famous kite experiment. “As children’s authors and illustrators, we invent ways to capture electricity in our work, and share that energy with our readers.” 

The new logo was revealed at the Sundaes With Editors event, and on the chapter’s blog, EasternPennPoints.

Garchinsky’s logo will represent the chapter “indefinitely,” according to the organization’s website.

See the new logo on the SCBWI-EPA chapter’s website at

For more information about the SCBWI, visit

See more of Kate Garchinsky’s illustration at

About Kate

Kate Garchinsky illustrates and writes children’s books and educational media in her studio in the woodlands near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her debut picture book, The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by acclaimed wildlife author, Laurence Pringle, received a starred review from School Library Journal. Kate Garchinsky received a grant from the Eckelberry Fellowship at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she has been researching and illustrating extinction stories about North American birds such as the Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet. Prior to creating children’s books, Kate designed lots of fun things like toys, birdbaths and trail maps. She lives with her husband Brian, Julia and Spencer the cats, and her one-eyed beagle, Maggie May. Kate recently signed on to illustrate two more “Secret Life” narrative non-fiction picture books with Boyds Mills Press—The Secret Life the Little Brown Bat (2018) and The Secret Life of the Skunk (2019). While drawing foxes and bats, Kate also began work on Belle’s Journey, a middle-grade non-fiction chapter book by ornithologist and osprey expert, Rob Bierregaard (Charlesbridge 2018). Get to know more about Kate Garchinsky at (aka