Resources

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Society of Children's Books Authors & Illustrators

Society of Children's Books Authors & Illustrators

SCBWI

It's a mouthful of a title for an organization, but you'll catch on. I recommend any aspiring author or illustrator join this organization. Attend events, network, and learn. The website alone is worth it. 


Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

The Pretties

If you want the eye candy, and don't we all, I highly recommend Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast for inspiration.


Lynne Chapman: An Illustrator's Life for Me!

Drawing with a Quill Pen

I really want to try this!


American Library Association

American Library Association


Batchelder Award

Batchelder Award

The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.


Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  

NEW CSK BLOG: Follow the latest news and information from CSK on the brand new CSK Blog! To learn more, visit www.olos.ala.org/csk.  


Harold Underdown

Harold Underdown

The Purple Crayon

Before you plunge into Facebook or some other deep dark place to try and ask about publishing...visit the Purple Crayon first. 

It will save you time.


We Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books

Diverse Books

Start here for book and author recommendations for:

"We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

See also:

Cooperative Children's Book Center on lack of diversity in kidlit.


Newbery Meda Winners

Newbery Meda Winners

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


Pura Belpre Medal

Pura Belpre Medal

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.


Author and Blogger Tara Lazar

Author and Blogger Tara Lazar

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) by Tara Lazar

This is a great resource on just about everything kidlit. I like this particular entry about picture book structure and pages.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi, bless her, provides a page template you can download at InkyGirl.com, another great resource. 

Templates from Scott E. Franson.


Guys Read

Guys Read

Guys Read

There are GREAT books out there with boy-appeal and this website helps you to find them.


The Horn Book Magazine

The Horn Book Magazine

Independent, opinionated, and stylish, The Horn Book Magazine has long been essential for everyone who cares about children’s and young adult literature. Our articles are lively, our reviews are insightful, our editorials are always sharp. We have gathered current and archival material to give you a taste of what we’ve been offering since 1924


Book-A-Day

Book-A-Day


Caldecott Medal Winners (Illustration)

Caldecott Medal Winners (Illustration)

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 


Other book awards for children's books!