I am delighted to be finally creating a resources page for you all. As you can imagine, I have lots for children's book people. I'm going to start with some of my articles on children's picture books, some of which might be helpful, while others might be a bit academic. Pick and choose what you like. Over time I'll be adding more and more resources.
Reisberg, M. (2008a). Finding value(s) for a currency of caring: Exploring children’s picture books, a dollar bill, and fine art sources. Art Education, 61(6), explores the illustrations in Harvesting Hope and their many important real and symbolic elements.
Reisberg, M. (2008c). Social/ecological caring with multicultural picture books: Placing pleasure in art education. Studies in Art Education, 49(3), 251-267.
Reisberg, M. (2008c). Maya Gonzalez: Portrait of the artist as a radical children’s book illustrator. Visual Culture and Gender 3, 48-62. www.emitto.net/visualculturegender/ A digital film, article, and transcript.
Reisberg, M. & Han, S. (2009). (En)countering social and environmental messages in the Rainforest Cafe, children’s picture books, and other visual culture sites. International Journal for Education and Art 10(22) 1-24. http://www.ijea.org/v10n22/
Books on Writing and illustrating Children's Books
Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication by Ann Whitford Paul
The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb.
Writing Bestselling Children’s Books: 52 Brilliant Ideas for Inspiring Young Readers by Alex Gordon Smith
Writing Children’s Books for Dummies by Lisa Rojany Buccieri and Peter Economy
Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career by Nancy I. Sanders
Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books by Uri Shulevitz.
Illustrating Children’s Books: Creating Pictures for Publication by Martin Salisbury
Illustrating Children’s Picture Books by Steven Withrow and Lesley Breen Withrow
The Encyclopedia of Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books by Desdemona McCannon, Sue Thornton, and Yadzia Williams
Books on Publishing
SCBWI publication guide
Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, 3rd Edition by Harold D. Underdown.
The author is both an editor and author and knows his stuff.
The Business of Writing for Children: An Award-Winning Author’s Tips on Writing Children’s Books and Publishing Them, or How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book for Kids by Aaron Shepard
Websites and Blogs
There are so many websites and blogs out there on children’s book writing, illustration, and publishing that it would take another book to explore them. Here are a few to get you started.
The Write Routine
Banana Peelin': The Ups and Downs of Becoming a Children's Writer
Writing for Kids (While Raising Them): PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Julie Hedlund, Author Freelance Writer
Tim McCanna: KidLit Writer
November Picture Book Month: A Celebration!
Writing Picture Books: The Basics by Margot Finke
Writing Picture Books: Writing Tips for Children's Writers by Bethany Roberts
So You Want to Write a Picture Book: Hints by Mem Fox
20 Tips for Writing Children's Books by Pat Mora
There's also my free video Mondays with Mira teaching children's book reviews right here and soon I'll be adding recommendations as well!
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