Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Thank you, Sher Swanby and Carrie Pearson for the following resource list.


The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Word Pool (from the U.K.)

Children’s Book Council
Children’s Literature
Children’s Literature Network
The Children’s Literature Web Guide

The Children’s Book Council – Updated regularly, organized as to your interest, content rich throughout.

Children’s Writing Resources
Colossal Directory of Children’s Publishers Guidelines
Creativity Portal
Creative Writing Prompts

Cynthia Leitich Smith Children’s Literature Resources – Interviews with authors, illustrators, and experts; news from the children’s literature community; articles and resources for writers; bibliographies. Emphasis on multiculturalism. Cynthia’s “Children’s Book Writer’s Reading List” is grist for any children’s writer. A superb website.


Hamline University
low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults

Harold’s Purple Crayon – Editor Underdown’s viewpoint of the children’s book business and news of internal changes. Best known perhaps for his column “Who’s moving where,” tracking editors as they move from house to house. Many of Laura Belgrave’s articles from “The Slush Pile” are now here.

Institute of Children’s Literature

Kid Magazine Writers
The Loft Literary Center
” . . . the nation’s largest and most comprehensive literary center, offering programs and services for readers and writers.”
A listing of Minnesota authors and illustrators available for classroom visits.
Minnesota Book Awards
Gateway to a statewide virtual library. Great research resource.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
OKAPI Readability Analysis
Poynter Online
(search for “tools” — a great article by Roy Peter Clark)

Public Libraries database (resource for magazine and journal articles)
Publishers Weekly

Understanding Children’s Book Categories

Writers’ Associations
A listing of local writers’ associations by state — Children’s Writing
Writing Corner
Writing Fix