As a writer and instructor of children's writing, I am often
asked to share some of my favorite online resources. Here they are,
in no particular order! Enjoy!
Join the ranks of Stephen King, Dr. Seuss, and even Shakespeare.
You'll feel better after you read this one. I promise!
Hi-Lo Booklists for Reluctant Readers
A fantastic list of resources and publishers of high
interest/low reading level books compiled by Elizabeth Kennedy,
editor of About.com's Children's Books web site.
Dummies for Smarties
Created by a group of seasoned children's authors, this tutorial
shows writers how to create a picture book dummy, a good exercise
for writers to visualize their words on the pages of a picture book.
(NOTE: As a writer, you will not submit the dummy to a publisher
CRIZMAC Art and Cultural Educational Materials
For writers and educators interested in multicultural children's
picture books, this should be your first resource. It's like
Christmas at my house when this catalog arrives in the mail!
If your writing topic touches nature, this is a good resource
for you to perform a competitive analysis and view possible
publishers for your work. This is one of my favorite book catalogs,
and I receive quite a few.
How Do Children Learn? Let Howard Gardner Show You the Ways
Too often, the educational system gets hung up on measuring
academic success through testing and evaluations. As writers, we
have the opportunity to reach children through other touch points,
such as movement, nature, and tactile explorations. Howard Gardner
is a leading voice in intelligence. You may learn something about
yourself as you explore this article.
Addressing Difficult Life Issues through Literature
From facing the death of a pet to dealing with divorce, this
site explains the role of children's literature in dealing with life
issues. Called bibliotherapy, this is a good starting point for
writers wanting to create in this area and educators and therapists
looking to connect a child with a book that may help.
Anastasia Suen: Author, Consultant, Teacher
The teacher this teacher turns to to sharpen her writing skills.
An author of over 100 books, Anastasia openly shares her knowledge
of kidlit through a series of online courses.
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
This organization, the only one devoted to creating books for
children, helps dreams fly high through an international
organization, regional chapters, conferences, workshops,
publications, and cheers. Members do not need to be published
authors or illustrators to belong.
Write4Kids: A Super Site for Children's Writers
As a busy author and mom with limited time, this is one of my
favorite resources for quick and timely information about the
children's publishing world. I highly recommend the discussion area
for writers looking to connect with other writers. And, the
newsletter, Children's Book Insider, is worth every penny.
Page by Page: Creating a Children's Picture Book
Discover the story behind the story as two picture books are
created on this site. This is a favorite among writers and teachers.
Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Don't know where to begin your second childhood? This list will
get you started. As you dissect these picture books, take note of
the copyright dates and how kidlit has changed over time. Happy
How to Write a Picture Book with Fabulous "R & M"
There's nothing worse than forced rhythm and rhyme. As I tell my
students - story first, rhyme second. Please! Read this one for the
poem if nothing else!
Highlights for Children Wish List
This list usually changes twice a year. It's an excellent
starting point for exploring what the Highlights editors are looking
for at this time. Be sure to review back issues of the company's
magazines for content and style. And, take a peek at the latest
magazine, High Five, for the littlest readers too!
Highlights Writing Contest
Not all writing contests are created equally. This is one that I
recommend highly, however. Submissions for 2009 are due by January
31, 2009. Time to take pen to paper! Theme? Contemporary World
Creative Writing Contests
Need a deadline to keep your butt in the chair? This list of
writing contests may inspire you to sit and write! Read the rules
carefully. Know what you're agreeing to when you submit your work.
The Shaw Guide to Writing Conferences and Workshops
Itching to escape to allow your creative muse to run freely? A
writing conference or workshop may be just the ticket. I think I
hear the beach calling me now!
Online Courses for Writers and Other Creative Souls
I am a life-long learner who takes online courses each month.
What do you want to learn today?
Children's Writing Resources
A resource of resources compiled by children's author Bethany
Roberts. Always fun to explore. Thanks, Bethany!
Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market
If you add one book to your resource collection each year, this
should be it. This is book opens doors of opportunities. Read it
with a highlighter, pen, and stack of sticky notes nearby. One of my
favorites. The site's newsletter will keep you up to date on
changes in the marketplace.
First pages is an outstanding resource for beginning and
seasoned children's writers. It is hosted by former Scholastic
editor Eileen Robinson. Click on Great Beginnings to read Eileen's
favorite opening lines and learn how to hook that editor with your
first sentence. And check out shooting stars too!
Show, Don't (Just) Tell
If you've taken a course with me, you've heard me shout: Show,
don't tell! I would tell you about this outstanding resource, but I
would rather show you, as would this miner of an writing instructor!
Spend time with this exceptional explanation of showing vs. telling
a story. Please.
American Children's Publishers Listings
Don't know where to begin? Start with A. With just a click, you
will be transferred to individual up-to-date submission guidelines
for hundreds of children's publishers. It doesn't get any easier
Robin Friedman: Interviews with Editors
Robin is a writer with heart. Grab yourself a cup of tea and
spend some time with Robin, top of the industry editors, and their
wish lists. Click on interviews. Be prepared to be inspired.
You may find me hanging out on this site from time to time. It's
a great resource. Take time to explore JacketFlap, where your
market research starts with just a click! Free registration is
You won't believe the number of children's magazines on the
market until you explore this site! It's a great resource for
writers looking to submit to periodicals for children.
Few Words Needed
This article may inspire you to say less with more. Author
Jennifer Armstrong describes how she envisioned and sold her idea
for Once Upon a Banana.
Retreat Centers for Writers, Artists, and Other Spiritual Beings
We all need a place to escape to. You'll find me in the hot tub.
Please do not disturb. Ahhhh .
Feeling stuck? Dance with the pencil as you un-stick your stuckness!
National Novel Writing Month
Are you to the challenge of penning 50,000 words during the month of November?
Grammar and Punctuation
Feeling a little rusty in the area of self editing? This site is a great resource.
Teen Lingo Dictionary
It’s “the shizzy” if you’re writing for today’s young adult crowd.