Tammy Yee, Children's Book Author And Illustrator
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Resources with a icon are exclusively for children's book writers and illustrators.

Books on Writing and Illustrating for Children

"Most people think writing for children is easier than writing for adults..."
~Nancy Lamb, Author

Offers detailed information and an in-depth examination of storytelling and story structure, using examples from classic and contemporary sources to explore the key elements of storytelling, from point of view to structure to plotting and pacing. The author of 43 fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, Lamb takes a hands-on approach with worksheets, exercises, and checklists to show writers how to capture and keep a young reader's attention, whether the topic is fact or fiction.

"If you're not a part of it, children's publishing can be a confusing world..."
~ Harold D. Underdown (Author)

Yup, I was confused, and yup, this one sits on my shelf as well, even after publishing numerous books. I've always liked Underdown's no-nonsense approach on the good and the bad of children's publishing. Filled with dos and don'ts of breaking into the industry, as well as sample cover letters, publishing trends, web resources, and tips for submission and book promotion.

Up-to-date contact information for hundreds of book publishers, magazines, agents and art reps, as well as listings for organizations, contests, and conferences that offer important networking opportunities.

Interviews with and articles by industry insiders including prominent editors.

Nearly 200 pages of children's publishing topics like getting through your first draft, revision, naming characters, writing humor, the acquisitions process, writing GLBTQ books, graphic novels, and more.

"To create a good picture book or story book, you must understand how the two differ in concept..."
~ Uri Shulevitz (Author)

Learn how to tell a story visually; build a storyboard to plot the flow of a book; prepare pages for a printer; and find a publisher. Step-by-step sketches provide insights into drawing characters and developing settings.

Organizations for Writers and Illustrators

Children's Literature Hawai'i
CLH organizes a Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawai'i's Children, featuring internationally recognized authors and illustrators.

SCBWI - Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Find out what editors are looking for, how to submit a manuscript, the role of agents, and more.

SCBWI Hawaii Chapter
FAQs, local and national conferences and classes, and sample articles from their quarterly online newsletter.

Internet Resources
Art Directors' Guidelines For Presenting Your Work
Nancy D. Lewis provides information on how to get started as a children's book illustrator. A good example of the caliber of articles that you will receive as a member of the SCBWI.

Marketplace information.

Directory of author's web sites and literary links.

Children's Author Sheri Gilbert's The Write Journey

Children's Book Council
Nonprofit trade organization with publishing FAQs, author/illustrator insights and more.

CLWG - Children's Literature Web Guide.

Children's Writing Resource Center - Write4Kids.com

Cynthia Leitich Smith's Children's Literature Resources
Interviews with other authors, writing tips and more. Quarterly online newsletter.

Education Paperback Association's Top 100 Authors for Children
Biographies of children's book authors.

List of bids and portfolios will give self-published authors an idea of how much it may cost to illustrate their work.

Ezra Jack Keats
Dummies, thumbnails and sketches by Caldecott Medalist who wrote and/or illustrated 37 children's books.

10 FAQs About Children's Book Publishing by Robin Michal Koontz

Glossary of Children's Writing Terms

Hans Wilhelm: How to Become an Author

Jane Yolen, For Writers
FAQs and a transcript of Jane Yolen's speech at the SCBWI first National New York conference in January 2000.

Maui Writer's Conference

Excellent resource for illustrators. Information on health insurance packages for the freelance artist.

Poetry for Kids - by Kenn Nesbitt

The Purple Crayon
By children's book editor and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books, Harold Underdown. One of the best sites for aspiring writers and illustrators.

Scott Goto's Helpful Hints for Illustrators.

Top 100 Children's Illustration Sites

The Ultimate Directory of Children's Book Publishers Online
Curious about finding the right publisher and agent? Don't know a thing about marketing and submitting a manuscript? The A to Zs on crafting and submitting your manuscript.

U.S. Copyright Office

Writer's Resource Center

Writers Write, The Internet Writing Journal

Writing Nonfiction for Children

Inspiration for Writers
New York Times' Writers on Writing
Archive of the Writers on Writing column, in which writers explore literary themes.
Hawai'i Book Publishers Association
The Hawai'i Book Publishers Association holds the annual Ka Palapala Po'okela Awards in recognition of excellence in writing, illustrating, designing and publishing books in Hawai'i, and also sponsors workshops and conferences on writing and publishing.

Island Heritage

The Bess Press

Publisher's Catalog
Comprehensive list of publishers.

Good luck!

2001 Tammy Yee. All rights reserved.

Other Features

Help! I Need an Illustrator!

Getting Some Respect

How Long Does It Take?

So You Want to Write a Children's Book?

The Making of "The Ugly 'Elepaio"

Words of Wisdom

Writer's Resources Online

Author Links

Ellie Crowe
Ron Hirschi
Elaine Masters

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