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 NOVEMBER 4TH 2019 FOR FIVE FAB INTERACTIVE WEEKS PLUS A BONUS CONFERENCE WEEK! And 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 2019 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 some wonderful books including these:
And here are some of the books Mira has worked on:

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 START TODAY BONUSES!!!

Bonus Trainings at Children's Book Academy

  • FREE Fun with Photoshop Course Parts 1 & 2 for the FIRST 20 STUDENTS TO REGISTER!
  • 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 Web Design with Weebly
  • 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!


More Fabulous 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 Develop New Moves for More Experienced Artists
  • Children's Literature Art Lesson Plans for Teachers, Moms, and Homeschoolers
  • Wonderful Technique Demonstrations and Studio Visits From Artists Such as Julie Downing, Ashley Wolff, Yuyi Morales, and Lisa Brown
  • A FREE Easy Website Building Course
  • Half-Off Our Upcoming Writing and Illustrating Graphic Novels Course

And more, which will be revealed after you register! 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 where you are!

Here Are The 3 Levels and Right Now SAVE $100 with this code 2019ArLove (don't forget the code as we can't add it later, and that's right, there's no t in the code)


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 2019ArLove code exactly as spelled with no t - it's only 457.


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 2019ArLove code exactly as spelled with no t - it's only 557.


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! It's normally $657 but if you use the 2019ArLove code exactly as spelled with no t - it's only 557. ***There Are Not a Lot of These Critique Options Available, So, Sign Up Soon if You Want One!


"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)

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 and future stars.... All of whom are phenomenal!







AND MORE!!!!

BUT WAIT THERE'S EVEN MORE - THE LIVES!!!!

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! These are not completely finalized yet, but trust me, they will be awesome!!!


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). Stay tuned to find out who after they've all confirmed.


Some of What You'll Learn in this 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 (360 books and counting), re-energized their careers, and/or landed agents. Former students have won just about every award including the Caldecott honor, Jane Addams, Pura Belpre, among others, and agents 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 2019ArLove code exactly as spelled with no t - it's only 457.


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 2019ArLove code exactly as spelled with no t - it's only 557. ***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! It's normally $657 but if you use the 2019ArLove code exactly as spelled with no t - it's only 557. ***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? 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. Melissa Stoller for Children's Book Academy

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. Visit Her Online at MelissaStoller.com 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.


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.

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. Learn more about Tina at TinaShepardson.com

Sandra Foreman Sutter for Children's Book Academy

Like Melissa, she is also very active in the Children's Book Academy tribe on Facebook. To Check Out Sandra's Site, Visit: SDSutter.com
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! Hooray!!! It's going to be awesome.


How do I register again?

Big Bonus Bonanza

Grab the Big Bonus right now. Normally it's $557 but for a limited time, if you use the 2019ArLove code exactly as spelled with no t - it's only 457.

Success with Andrea

It's the Course, the Bonuses, the Interaction, and a fantastic one-hour intensive hands-on critique with Andrea. Click the rocket and grab this time-limited massive discount. It's normally $657 but if you use the 2019ArLove code exactly as spelled with no t - it's only 557. ***There Are Not a Lot of These Critique Options Available, So, Sign Up Soon if You Want One!

Success with MiraClick the rocket and grab this time-limited massive discount 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! It's normally $657 but if you use the 2019ArLove code exactly as spelled with no t - it's only 557. ***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 6 months 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