Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Mentors

2017/2018 Illustrator Mentors

Anna-Maria Crum

Anna-Maria is the author of 22 grade school readers, both fiction and nonfiction. She has also illustrated over 50 books and has designed over 100. She is a three times finalist for the Colorado Book Award and won the Printer's Association award for her picture book, On the River ABC. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and has been involved in children’s books since 1989. She is a long-time member of SCBWI and is on the board for Picture Book Artists Association. When she’s not illustrating or designing, she’s busy cuddling her new puppy, Tucker, and teaching him what things he can jump up on (couches, bed, laps) and what he can't (tables, kitchen counters, stove, and window ledges). Tucker is part mountain goat.

Luke Flowers

Luke is a native of Colorado, born and raised in Buena Vista. He now lives in Colorado Springs, where he spends his days in his creative cave as a children’s book author/illustrator. He has illustrated over 36 children’s books since 2014. Luke’s debut author/illustrator book series with Scholastic, Moby Shinobi: Ninja on the Farm, has sold over 150,000 copies since it’s release in Dec. 2016. Moby’s second book, Ninja in the Kitchen is out now, with more adventures on the way! Luke has had his work featured in over 20 gallery shows in New York and Los Angeles. He also enjoys puppeteering, playing banjo and adventures with his wife and 3 kids.

Dow Phumiruk

Dow is a friendly author and illustrator who joined SCBWI in 2011 and credits this incredible organization for everything she knows about the children's book industry. She adores both illustration and teaching, which makes her very excited to mentor an artist. She is the illustrator of Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, by Jeanne Walker Harvey (Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt) and has three more books on the way for 2018. Dow will be happy to share what she's learned over the years with you. She lives in Lone Tree, Colorado with her husband and three almost-grown girls. When she's not drawing, she teaches medical students part time and enjoys hiking.


Karen has been illustrating books since she could hold a crayon. It is her passion, and she loves helping other illustrators succeed. Karen studied illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) and was a valedictorian graduate in 2002. She has since been published as both a writer and illustrator, and currently teaches children’s book illustration at RMCAD as well as volunteering as an illustrator coordinator for RMC-SCBWI. Karen is an Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator expert and very well versed in nearly every kind of illustration media. She also has experience showing and selling in galleries (she’s been in over 50 shows), and can help with business and marketing strategies that support all facets of an illustrator’s career. When Karen isn’t busy speaking in third person, she can be found hanging out with her writer-husband and playing with her two boys, Finley and Max.