Writers and Illustrators!

Join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Senior Designer and Art Director Andrea Miller, and the Picture Book Whisperer Herself, Dr. Mira Reisberg (AKA the Fairy Godmother, and Clear Fork Publishing/Spork Art Director and Editor) for our highly interactive Illustration Course complete with fab fresh Submission Opportunities!

THE FIRST LIVE TRAINING STARTS JANUARY 13th 2020 FOR FIVE FAB INTERACTIVE WEEKS PLUS A BONUS CONFERENCE WEEK!
And Guess What? REGISTRATION IS OPEN RIGHT NOW - Scroll on to find out more!

FYI when we say 5 weeks, that's not a lesson a week - but five jam-packed, time-flexible mentored weeks followed by an instant access week of awesome instruction!

  • Are you a writer wanting to illustrate your own books or would you like to become a better writer by fully understanding how the illustration process works?
  • Or maybe you are a beginning or professional illustrator wanting to update your skills to move into new markets?
  • Whether you’re at the stick figure stage or have won awards – you will wildly increase your chances of publication with this course!!!"Don’t think you can draw? Lack confidence? Feel like giving up? That was me. Taking the Craft and Business of Illustrating Children's Books course has given me all the tools I need to take myself towards my dream of publication… [The instructors] are industry professionals with priceless knowledge that is shared openly and enthusiastically with all participants. The broad course curriculum is well-structured with plenty of participant interaction to encourage and support one another. I highly recommend this course to anyone, at any artistic level, who wants the best chance of developing their skills in the picture book industry. Big thanks!" - Kris Sheather (Now Published)

In this course you will learn and practice fun and easy contemporary drawing and color art making techniques while deepening conceptual understandings to create either a picture book dummy (we will help with your story if needed or suggest a public domain story) or wonderful fresh new portfolio in this updated INTERNATIONAL course that has helped launch so many student's careers!!!

Your Loving Co-Teachers

Our January 13th, 2020 CBICB course is co-taught by 2 acquiring Art Directors, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Senior Designer and Art Director Andrea Miller, and Clearfork/Spork Editor and Art Director, Dr. Mira Reisberg. Both of them are also published illustrators with MANY years of experience in the field.

Andrea has worked on many wonderful books including these:

And here are some of the books Mira has worked on:

Together, Andrea and Mira have created some AMAZING content and will be co-leading the weekly LIVE critiques for students.
Each week students have the opportunity to present their work and each week a lucky group will receive a critique from either Andrea, Mira, or one of the many WONDERFUL guests in the LIVE (and then recorded) webinars. To be honest, they’ve got some STELLAR content and talent in this course and are extremely excited!! So stay tuned for a peek at the LIVES and ALL THE GOLDEN TICKET JUDGES who will be revealed soon!!!
Meanwhile, here's a peek at some of your many BONUSES!!!
  • BRAND NEW FREE Writing and Illustrating Board Books Course
  • HALF OFF Our Fun with Photoshop Course Parts 1 & 2!
  • FREE Procreate Course
  • FREE Fun with Social Media Course!
  • The Craft & Business of Illustrating Children's Picture Books e-Book
  • The Little Book of Children's Book Illustration Techniques & Definitions
  • FREE Awesome Website Building with Weebly Course
  • FREE 5 Ways of Making Dummies!!!
  • FREE Hand Lettering & Calligraphy Course
  • BONUS CONTENT for Creating Your Own Graphic Novels
  • PLUS! An EXCLUSIVE Insider Video Tour Led by Brilliant Chronicle Books Editor Melissa Manlove Who Shows and Tells What Really Goes on in a Major Children's Book Publishing House!

OTHER BONUSES INCLUDE:
  • Exclusive Opportunities to Submit to Children's Book Editors, Agents, and Art Directors
  • Lots of Worksheets, Handouts, Instructions, and Videos for Learning How to Draw (Beginners) and How to UPDATE YOUR STYLE for More Experienced Artists
  • Children's Literature Art Lesson Plans for Teachers, Parents, and Homeschoolers
  • Wonderful Technique Demonstrations and Studio Visits From Artists Such as Julie Downing, Ashley Wolff, Yuyi Morales, and Lisa Brown
  • Half-Off Our Upcoming Writing and Illustrating Graphic Novels Course
  • And more! Wahoo!!

This is the Most Generous, Empowering and Fun Children's Book Illustration Course You'll Ever Take that Will Absolute Elevate Your Art Making Ideas and Skills No matter what skill level you have!

Here Are The 3 Levels and Right Now SAVE $70 with this code 2020ArtLove (don't forget the code as we can't add it later)

Big Bonus

The BIG BONUS comes with EVERYTHING ABOVE, TONS OF HELP IN OUR INTERACTIVE COMMUNITY AND MUCH MORE and Is Available for the Adventure of a Lifetime! It's normally $557 but for a limited time, if you use the 2020ArtLove code exactly as spelled - it's only $487.
Success with Andrea
How often do you get to take an incredibly comprehensive course with a ton of bonuses plus a one-hour intensive hands-on critique with a fantastic major house Art Director?
You don't want to miss out on this amazing opportunity! Just click on the image above. It's normally $657 but if you use the 2020ArtLove code exactly as spelled - it's only $587
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Success with Mira

If You Are Up For a Wild Adventure With the Course, Bonuses and a fantastic one-hour intensive hands-on critique with Mira, (AKA the Picture Book Whisperer and the Fairy Godmother) click the rocket - there are still a few available at the regular course price of only $657. ***There Are Not a Lot of These Critique Options Available, So, Sign Up Soon if You Want One!


Testimonials from Now Published Former Students

"I wholeheartedly recommend the Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Picture Books to beginning illustrators as well as those more advanced. I’d already taken a few online courses for illustrating children’s books (through other schools) before this one, and what stands out for me about this one…is the sheer volume of information you receive, in many different, understandable and helpful formats. Through video, text, live critiques, community, worksheets, homework and more you’ll certainly learn everything you need to know about how to make it as an illustrator in this field. The golden ticket opportunity…at the end of the course, where you get to submit work to industry professionals…is the icing on the cake and is so very valuable. It is absolutely evident what a wonderful teacher and person Mira is, pouring her heart and soul into her courses. She goes above and beyond to ensure the success of her students." - Anika A. Wolf (Now Published)

Each week we have a high-level acquiring editor, agent, or art director join us LIVE (and then recorded) to look at and make suggestions to help move your work along in creating the best most appropriate children's book art that you can!!! We will be holding your hand every step of the way and hopefully you will publish wonderful work afterwards!

SO HERE ARE THE LIVES FOLLOWED BY THE GOLDEN TICKETS!!!

WHAT ARE THE LIVES? The LIVES are when each week Andrea and Mira are joined in a live critiquing webinar (that is also recorded) by either an agent, art director or an editor to get extra feedback on critiquing student's work to move it further forward. This way students get to make those connections with decision makers and also learn from them.

WHAT'S A GOLDEN TICKET? A Golden Ticket is when you get to submit directly to an agent, editor, or art director and bypass the slush pile or closed house submission policy. In this course, you'll learn not only how to create marketable children's book illustrations, but also how to write great bios and cover letters to catch a decision maker's eye. Then our panel of judges will look at a secret website page of student's art and bios that they're interested in seeing more from and hopefully publish your work (yes dreams do come true)

AND THEN THERE ARE THE GOLDEN TICKETS!!!

What's a Golden Ticket? A Golden Ticket is when you get to submit directly to an agent, editor, or art director and bypass the slush pile or closed house submission policy. In this course, you'll learn not only how to create marketable children's book illustrations, but also how to write great bios and cover letters to catch a decision maker's eye. Then our panel of judges will look at a secret website page of student's art and bios that they're interested in seeing more from and hopefully publish your work (yes dreams do come true). And Here are our 2019 Golden Ticket Judges Who Will Be Looking at Student's Carefully Critiqued Work and Bios at the end of the course with an eye for acquisition!

The What: It's a 5+ week online interactive e-course/training program plus a bonus self-paced conference week that teaches you just about everything that you need to know about illustrating children's books and getting illustration work; building an illustrator or author/illustrator platform, and selling your work, with an additional year of access. For writers, we teach you exactly how the illustration process works to enhance your writing process and maybe, you might, as others have done, discover your own inner artist, with the fun easy techniques. We use scaffolded teaching techniques for fearful beginners, courageous writers, award winning illustrators and everything in-between, as you either create a picture book dummy and color sample or portfolio pieces!

The When: Monday-Friday and some Saturdays: The course starts January 13th with the first live training happening that night and runs through February 10th+. It's designed to be extremely time flexible so you can access the materials and interact as much or as little as you like. No one is ever in trouble, but the more you can put in the more you'll get out of it. The additional year of access or more makes it very doable no matter how busy you are and the private Facebook group continues on indefinitely to provide continued support for your children's book goals.

The Where: The comfort of your own home, a café, the library, in bed, anywhere that you can get Internet access. You don't need to travel anywhere for this course plus you can still take it even if you are traveling.

The How: Fresh lessons, demonstrations, exercises, and interviews and studio visits from our awesome contributors are released on our password protected website that also includes tons of resources including lists of publishers and agents, worksheets, done-for you templates, and much more. We interact via our private Facebook group where questions are answered and small critique groups are set up for those who want them. We have a special webinar page for each week where students post responses to each webinars topic - e.g., thumbnails, quirky or memorable characters etc. Times are scheduled to accommodate folks in different countries as much as possible and we also record the webinars for those who can't make it live.

The Why: The most important one. If you want to illustrate children's books or learn how illustration works, this is the best value course to successfully get published. It's the original 5 week PLUS interactive picture book illustrating course with industry experts and a multi-award-winning best-selling faculty, with a phenomenal proven track-record of published, contracted, and now agented former students. No other course gives this level of focused attention to each student, with a money back guarantee for folks who do the work and still don't think that they learned a tremendous amount after a year. The course is also the only one that provides fantastic submission opportunities and empowers students to do all sorts of extraordinary things.

The Who: This industry leading children's book illustration course is co-taught by two acquiring art directors with many years of experience in the industry along with weekly editor, agent and art director reviews and top expert illustrator interviews.

These are just some of our expert guest contributors who will speak to you in custom created videos and written interviews!

They'll be sharing their perspectives on everything from illustration tips and secrets on how they have built their careers, conceptual versus narrative illustration, researching and illustrating non-fiction, what happens inside a publishing house, what they look for in submissions, creating an illustrator's platform to make you more attractive to publishers and so much more.

Click on them or Their Books for More Info. Let's Start with the Brilliant Caldecott Winners!!!

And now for our other stars.... All of whom are phenomenal!

Each week we have a high-level acquiring editor, agent, or art director join us LIVE (and then recorded) to look at and make suggestions to help move your work along in creating the best most appropriate children's book art that you can!!!
We will be holding your hand every step of the way!

Simply use the code to subtract $70.00 from the prices below except there's also a fab free Procreate course and an equally fab free Writing and Illustrating Board Books course for Babies and Toddlers!!!


Here's Just Some of What You'll Learn in this INTERACTIVE BUT TIME-FLEXIBLE COURSE:

  • Week One: Book Structures, Portfolio Samples and Dummies; Illustration Prompts and Easy Peasy Drawing with Shapes, Thumbnails; Interviews with Awesome Experts, and Live Critiquing and Q&A Webinar with Follow Up Recording!

  • Week Two: The Hero image, Getting in Character, Transfer Techniques, Watercolors, Figure Drawing, Body Language, Facial Expressions; Setting up Your Studio, Composition, Easy Peasy light and Shade; Incongruence, Critiques, More Interviews, and Another Live Critiquing and Q&A Webinar with Follow Up Recording!

  • Week Three: Urban and Nature Settings, World Building Perspective, Tricks for Consistency; Acrylics, Collage, Stamp Making, and Mixed Media; Color Theory, Agents, Reps, Editors, and Art Directors - which one is for me? Writing Your Cover or Query Letter, Critiques, Interviews with Awesome Experts, Live Critiquing and Q&A Webinar with Follow Up Recording!

  • Week Four: Drawing and Loving Animals; Glorious Black/White Illustration for Chapter Books and Middle Grade, Anthropomorphism Pros and Cons; 2nd Visual Stories; Beyond Animals - Unusual Protagonists, Great Animal Characters, The Kiss of Love - The Importance of Showing Emotions and Relationships; Interviews with Awesome Experts, Live Critiquing and Q&A Webinar with Follow Up Recording!

  • Week Five: The Art of Submission, Samples, Tear Sheets and Postcards; Publishing, Contracts, Digital Illustration, Easy Peasy Photoshop, Making Connections; The mechanics of printing - 4 Color Process Printing and Bleeds, What makes a bestseller? Social Media for Illustrators, Interviews with Awesome Experts, Live Q&A Webinar with Follow Up Recording!

  • Week Six: A Whole Week of Instant Access Interviews and Lessons from other Experts in the Field!

The course is designed for busy people and set up to be time-flexible with a whole year's additional access and an e-book of everything at the end. You can go as fast or as slow as you like.

The only time commitment to the course is to post your critiques of your 2 group critique members each week if you join an optional critique group. And don't worry, we'll have easy critique guidelines.


Children's Book Academy Results

Many of Mira's students have received contract offers (370 books and counting), re-energized their careers, and/or landed agents. Former students have won EVERY major North American award. Needless to say, agents, editors, and art directors are responding super favorably to graduate's work. As you'll see, we work incredibly hard for you and all we ask is that if you get published, you send us an autographed copy of your book or if it becomes a movie, we get to join you in a premiere somewhere :)


How do I register again? Remember that all of these levels are available with Payment Plan options and a money back guarantee. Just click on the image of whatever level you want below to register.


Big Bonus Level at Children's Book Academy

The Big Bonus is normally $557 but for a limited time, if you use the 2020ArtLove code exactly as spelled - it's only $487.


Success with Andrea at Children's Book AcademyIt's the Course, the Bonuses, the Interaction, and a fantastic one-hour intensive hands-on critique with Andrea, click the rocket! It's normally $657 but if you use the 2020ArtLove code - it's only $587. ***There Are Not a Lot of These Critique Options Available, So, sign up soon if you want one!


Success with Mira at Children's Book Academy

It's the Course, the Bonuses, the Interaction, and a fantastic one-hour intensive hands-on critique with Mira, (AKA the Picture Book Whisperer and the Fairy Godmother) click the rocket! Unfortunately, the deeply discounted critiques are all gone but there are still a few still discounted ones left for $657. So, Sign Up Soon if You Want One!

Are you up for a once-in-a-lifetime door-opening adventure into creativity and fun? Let the magic begin!

We are so very, very grateful for our wonderful assistants who make sure that everything runs smoothly to optimize student's experiences.

This Childen's Book Academy grad has two picture books available soon, Scarlet's Magic Paintbrush and Ready, Set, Gorilla!The illustrators for both of these books will also be joining us live in the course.
 Melissa is also the author of The Enchanted Snow Globe Collection Series, and the family book club guide The Parent-Child Book Club: Connecting With Your Kids Through Reading (HorizonLine Publishing, 2009), and many parenting articles. Melissa is on hand to help answer questions and guide students along their illustration journey. You can often find her on Facebook responding to inquiries and providing solutions to all types of needs as well as harvesting nuggets from our weekly critiquing and teaching webinars. Melissa is a graduate and assistant for the Children's Book Academy, a member of SCBWI, and an Admin for the Debut Picture Book Study Group.

Tina helps keep things running smoothly here at the Academy. She helps us guide and track the live critique sessions while also helping out in the Facebook group. In addition, Tina is a volunteer with The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, Book Buddies, and a 2016 recipient of New York State's Teacher of Excellence Award. She is currently teaching middle school - living in Syracuse, New York with her husband, daughter and two akitas. In addition, Tina is a volunteer with The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, Book Buddies, and a 2016 recipient of New York State's Teacher of Excellence Award. Tina's debut picture book Walkout will be available soon.

Like Melissa, Sandra is also very active in the Children's Book Academy tribe on Facebook. With over 18 works in progress and one book available for pre-order, Sandra is in charge of our small optional peer critique groups & helps out in MANY other ways.

Dani Duck writes, illustrates and moms. Basically awesome. Seldom boring. Dani lives in Canada but is regretfully not Canadian. Avid coffee drinker and chocolate fan. She runs the Smart Dummies group


How do I register again?

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Grab the Bad Boy Bunny Big Bonus right now. Normally it's $557 but for a limited time, if you use the 2020ArtLove code exactly as spelled - it's only $487.

Success with Andrea

It's the Course, the Bonuses, the Interaction, and a fantastic one-hour intensive hands-on critique with Andrea. Click the Andrea Bunny and grab this time-limited massive discount. It's normally $657 but if you use the 2020ArtLove code exactly as spelled with no t - it's only 587. ***There Are Not a Lot of These Critique Options Available, So, Sign Up Soon if You Want One!

Success with MiraClick the Mira Bunny and grab this course within a course critique focused just on you and your work - for the Course, the Bonuses, the Interaction, and a fantastic one-hour intensive hands-on critique with Mira, (AKA the Picture Book Whisperer or the Fairy Godmother) click the rocket! The early bird discounts are sold out but you can still grab Mira and the course for $657 ***There Are Not a Lot of These Critique Options Available, So, Sign Up Soon if You Want One!

Are you up for a once-in-a-lifetime door-opening adventure into creativity and fun? Please join us!

"This was the first class that I have taken with the Craft & Business of Illustrating Children’s Books. It was absolutely wonderful and exceed my expectations. Mira Reisberg was very generous sharing her wealth of information starting with creating artwork and continuing through the process of getting published." - Holly Stone-Barker

"The Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Picture books is the first class I have taken through the Children’s Book Academy, but it certainly won’t be the last…a course rich in materials, with information that feels relevant and helpful to both beginners and those with more experience.

I am new to illustrating, and I really appreciated the many videos that gave examples, tutorials and interviews that helped me develop a sense of how the industry works.

The Best part for me, however, was the interactive nature of the class. The critiques during the webinars were incredibly helpful in developing my eye for how to structure my work. Mira went above and beyond on so many occasions, and often offered additional help via the Facebook page. Getting feedback from someone so knowledgable in the industry was invaluable. I am leaving this class with a feeling of excitement for my work, and am energized to keep developing my skills. Thank you!" - Allison Donohue

"The Craft & Business of Illustrating Children’s Picture Books is a five week long course created by Professor Mira Reisberg. This course is comprehensive with current information including interviews with professionals in all aspects from inception to publication; insights, guidance, expert teaching tutorials, weekly webinars & bonuses.

Over these five weeks, I feel as if I’ve been diving deeply into the world of Children’s Picture books with no stone left unturned by the creators and presenters of this course.

In describing the corset a friend who has taken the writing portion offered by the Children’s Book Academy, the one word that felt true is “lush”. This course is certainly that. Though I am a few days behind with this last week of classes, I am grateful to have six months to review everything. Thank you…for taking us on this fascinating journey." - Christine O'Brien

Frequently Asked Questions


What kinds of formats will there be?
Most of our courses are a combination of lessons, worksheets, and interviews with experts. Sometimes these are in video format, other times not. With interactive courses, there is also a very active Facebook community page and weekly critiquing webinars, making it very lively and lots of fun. It is a multi-modal approach that works well for different people learning styles.
Who will benefit from this class?
Anyone who has a passion or interest in writing or illustrating books for children.
When does the class start?
If this is an instant access course, access starts today for a full year. If it is an interactive course, the dates will be towards the top of the page with 1 year of additional access, which often ends up being much more. Interactive courses also often include an e-book of course materials.
Are there any specific time requirements?
No. The only time sensitive areas are if you are in an interactive course and want to submit your work for a live webinar critique, there is a specific deadline, and if you join one of the optional critique groups you need to honor your group's critiquing timeline. The weekly webinars also happen at a specific day and time provided in advance, but if you can't make it live, they are also recorded for later viewing.
Do you offer refunds?
We are so sorry, but there are no refunds. Because we give bonus passwords or access to the course at the time of purchase, it is impossible to offer refunds. We appreciate your understanding. However, we do offer a 100% learning money back guarantee for interactive courses, that if you read the lessons, participate and do the work, and at the end of a year, don't feel that you learned a lot, we will refund your money in full.
What do I do if I have further questions?
You can email Mira directly at [email protected] with the title of the course in the subject head.

"I am so glad I found this website and was so surprised with the classes being so full of information, daily lessons, homework and the downloads for our files. Mira Reisberg formed this educational adventure packed full of lessons on colors, textures, perspectives, values, space, promotional outlines, instructions on how-to and so many more areas. Also included in this class were videos of other illustrators, authors, and art directors.

She was always within reach by phone or email. I feel like I know her from her overflowing personality of consideration, kindness, understanding and love. I highly recommend any of the classes at the Children’s Book Academy as you will learn more than you can imagine. Thanks again..for my special adventure." - Nancy Baker