In time, I plan to fill this page with links to sources I consider valuable. Here are just a few to get started:
#KidLitArt on Twitter is THE place to be every Thursday night at 9pm EST. This 1-hour chat is ALways hopping, ALways fun, jam-packed with great info and amazingly talented KidLit Illustrators (and picture book writers who know where to be!). I attend every chance I get 🙂 .
StoryStorm (previously PiBoIdMo), founded by THE Tara Lazar , is a 30-day challenge meant for anyone who writes KidLit for any any age group and any format. The challenge is to come up with 30 story ideas in 30 days, and there are perks! Each day invaluable posts by seasoned professionals, from authors to illustrators to agents, editors AND Storystorm Success Stories (ideas that eventually became published books!) offer advice, tips and especially inspiration. And to top it off, there are incredible prizes like THESE and THESE (scroll down for all the info)!
Writing and Illustrating – hosted by Kathy Temean. This very popular blog is filled with invaluable information and resources offered by Kathy, one of the most intelligent, knowledgeable people involved in the KidLit world. She served as a groundbreaking Regional Advisor for the New Jersey Chapter of the SCBWI and is filled with a wealth of information as big as her heart. One of her many features is Illustrator Saturday. Here you will find hundreds of illustrators and their work showcased, along with telling interviews. It is NOT to be missed!
Let’s Get Busy Podcasts with host Matthew Winner – if you love KidLit and want to know more about the authors, illustrators and other heavy hitters throughout the KidLit community, you are sure to enjoy these amazing podcasts!
Simply Messing About – a mind-boggling resource created by illustrators Christina Forshay, Laura Zarrin, Tracy Bishop, and Renee Kurilla, generously offering invaluable information all to do with illustration…and a bit about writing, too 🙂
Susanna Leonard Hill — I was first introduced to this AMAZING blog through my friend, Lauri Meyers, and have been grateful ever since! Susanna Leonard Hill is a humorous, gifted children’s book author whose generous spirit comes through on every page and in every post on her blog. She has built an online home filled with craft, contests (for illustrators, too!), writing tips and more, having created an extremely supportive online community.
Watch.Connect.Read is one the BEST KidLit blogs on the internet. John Schumacher was a teacher librarian who now serves as Ambassador for School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs knows as much as anyone can about “All Things KidLit,” so if you want to stay updated on new releases, cover and book trailer reveals, and read interviews by authors and illustrators, this is the place. You can also find him, on occasion (sometimes monthly) when he and Colby Sharp host their book club: #SharpSchu
Many more to come…