Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Art Rep Day 2021 with Chad Beckerman

Date(s) - 06/26/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Join us on June 26, 2021 to learn from Chad Beckerman, agent at the CAT Agency, about the importance of finding your visual voice. Learn how voice sets illustrators apart, keeps your career moving forward, and what the difference is between voice and style. Chad will discuss  the how, the what, and the why in this talk.

In addition to his presentation, Chad will also be offering a limited number of live portfolio critiques over Zoom! These one-on-one critiques will last for 15 minutes and will be scheduled either on the day of the event or during the week after. Critique materials must be submitted by June 19th. To submit, email a link to your portfolio to

About Chad

Agent Chad W. Beckerman brings over 20 years of illustration and design experience to the Agency. After studying illustration as an undergrad at RISD, Chad went on to be a Designer at Scholastic, a Senior Designer at Greenwillow Books, and then became the Creative Director at ABRAMS Kids and Comic Arts, where he spent 13 years overseeing the design of 250 books a year – from picture books, to novels, to graphic novels, and art and entertainment books. Chad is behind the aesthetic for over forty New York Times bestselling and award-winning books including the blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, the Caldecott honor and Corretta Scott King Award winning Trombone Story, illustrated by Brian Collier, and the Newbery Medal honor books
El Deafo, and Heart of the Samurai.

He executed the design architecture for countless series including Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger, The Questioneers (Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere, Ada Twist) by Andrea Beaty and
David Roberts, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous TalesFrank Einstein by Jon Scieszka and Brian Biggs,
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, The Sisters Grimm and Jared Chapman’s
Vegetables in Underwear.

Chad’s greatest joy is working with illustrators, and as an agent he is busy curating and cultivating a unique group of artists who are inspiring and innovating in children’s literature. Chad represents illustrators and author/illustrators from all over the globe, who create artwork for all ages and genres.

In addition to representing illustrators, Chad offers packaging of picture books, graphic novels
and middle-grade series books through his design studio CWB Art & Design (

Chad lives in Brooklyn, NY