Resources

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”–Dr. Seuss

KidLit411

SCBWI

Reading For Research Website AKA ReFoReMo

Children’s Book Academy

All about the picture book:

Tara Lazar: PB construction know your layout
Lisa Anchin: Illustrator Saturday
Design of the Picture Book
More 
about writing picture books.
Is Your Book a Dummy? It Should Be!
An Illustrators guide to Creating a Picture Book
Yellapalooza

Scroll down near the bottom of this page for books about picture books!

Twitter hashtags:

#pitmad

#kidlit411

#MSWL

#AskAgent

#AskEditor

#TenQueries

#PBLitChat

#myWANA

#arttips

#PiBoIdMo

#InboxInsights

#SCBWI

#ReFoReMo

 Resources on the craft of writing and research links:

Emotion Thesaurus (The Book Shelf Muse)
The Big Ol’ Genre Glossary

Where to put paragraph, scene and chapter breaks in your work

“Expert Addiction”
Research Links for Writers
10 Rules for Writing Fiction

writers digest 101 websites
kidlit.com
Adventures in YA and Children’s Publishing

Yearly events and challenges every writer  should know about:

PiBoIdMo (happens each November hosted by Tara Lazar)


12×12 in ’12 (hosted by Julie Hedlund)


Picture Book Marathon (annual marathon)


NaPiBoWriWee (yearly May challenge hosted by Paula Yoo)


NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)


WriteOnCon (Annual Online Writing Conference)

Most of these challenges have hashtags for twitter and facebook groups you can join!

Book review and book blogs:

Through The Looking Glass Children’s Books Reviews: reviews, history, author birthdays and websites, etc.
Curious Pages

Paper Tigers

Picture books in elt
Picture Book Party
Reading Rumpus
Smories
The Red Room: Where the Writers Are
Book Hive

Publicity and Social Media:

The Book Publicity Blog
Jacket Flap

Preparing your manuscript for submission to agents/editors/publishers:

Query Tracker (A place to track your queries and review agents)
Literary Rambles (spotlighting agents, authors, and publishing)
Agent Query

The Pitch (from Query Tracker)
Loglines: ie Hook expanded
Help! I Need a Publisher!
Your First Page
SlushPile Hell

Inspiration:

Mincemeat: On Writing

Debut Children’s Book Authors:

Authors Now

Groups and Organizations and Critique for Writers:

The Children’s Book Club Council
Charlotte Writers’ Club
SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America)
SCBWI

Critique Circle
The Yellow Brick Road
Review Fuse

YA blogs:

YA Highway

Fellowships/Residencies/Dinero/Grants:
MacDowell Colony
Trans Artists
Alliance of Artist Communities
PEN
Sustainable Arts Foundation

Books/Must Reads on Writing i.e. MAPS:

Children’s Writers’s Word Book–by Alijandra Mogilner, Tayopa Mogilner
Writing Picture Books– by Ann Whitford Paul
Writing With Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books–by  Uri Shilevitz
DEAR GENIUS: THE LETTERS OF URSULA NORDSTROM ed. by Leonard S. Marcus
THE SPYING HEART by Katherine Paterson
THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO CRAFTING STORIES FOR CHILDREN by Nancy Lamb
Spilling Ink
Writing for Children and Teens–by Cynthea Liu
Writing Great Books for Young Adults
Other Books on Writing for Children
Woe is I– by Patricia T. O’Connor
The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed or The Well Tempered Sentence–by Elizabeth Karen Gordon
On Writing–by Stephen King
Bird by Bird–by Anne Lamott
The Elements of Style–by E.B. White
179 Ways to Save a Novel– by Peter Selgin
Showing and Telling–by Laurie Alberts
Self Editing for Fiction Writers–by Renni Browne and Dave King
Writing Down the Bones–Natalie Goldberg
REVISION AND SELF-EDITING by James Scott Bell
WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL by Donald Maass
STORY by Robert McKee
THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST by David Morrell
FINDING YOUR WRITER’S VOICE by Thaisa Frank
NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM by Chris Baty
FINDING YOUR VOICE by Les Edgerton
TIME TO WRITE by Kelly L. Stone
EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES: THE ZERO TOLERANCE APPROACH TO PUNCTUATION by Lynne Truss

Contests:
Random House
Lee and Low New Voices
Cheerios Spoonful of Stories
Hunger Mountain

For Kids and Teens:
I.N.K. (interesting nonfiction for kids)
KidPub: books by and for kids
From The Mixed Up Files: For Kids
Word Central
Reading Planet
Smories: must be at least 16 and older to submit stories
Meet The Marks (Right Brain Terrain)

Authors Pages:
Yuyi Morales
Monica Brown
Obert Skye and the Leven Thump Series
The World of Author Cornelia Funke
See blog sidebar for more…

Books for boys (or anyone really):
Guys Read
Guys Lit Wire

List of Authors and Articles

Pre-K and Elementary:
Tumblebooks
Starfall
Screen Actors Guild Storyline Online
Story Before Bed
Teach With Picture Books
Ollie Bollen Fun Stuff Page
Charlesbridge Free Activities and Downloads
Tiny Readers Wall
The Worlds Fairy Tales

Tweens/Teens:
The Stacks
Better @ English
TeenInk
Paper Dolls: book reviews
Reader Girlz

For the young budding writer- books and links :
Show Dont Tell: Secrets of Writing

What Authors Do
Author: A True Story
If You Were a Writer
Miss Alaineus
Once Upon a Time
Storybook Travels–by Susan La Tempa
Links for young writers:
Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
Young Voices Foundation
Stone Soup:The Magazine by Children
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for all ages)
Hunger Mountain Prize for Young Writers
Young Writers Society

A Whole Lot More! DoYou Want to Get Published or Not?

 

For Bookworms and Wordmongers:

A Collection of the Worlds Fairy Tales

Juan of Words: Dichos

Rare Book Room

Book Mooch Book Exchange

Free Rice

Prelutsky’s Poetry Wheel

Literature Map

For Artists and Illustrators:

Society of Visual Storytelling (Lee White teaching videos)

Deviant Art

Illustration Friday

Art Show: Lessons/Tips/Tutorials

Watercolor Painting: Learning Center

The Virtual Instructor: Free Art Lessons

Creative Spotlite: Free Art Lessons

Artcyclopedia

Art Graphica: Online Art Lessons

Academy of Art University: Watercolor for Illustrators

Watercolors: Color Glazing

Will Terry at Folio Academy online courses

For Authors and Writers:

Book Charities

More Book Charites (from Tara Lazar’s website)

Hyperbole and a Half

Evil Editor

Write Rhymes

WeBook

For anyone cool enough to click on it:
Spell with Flickr

Deadline: Post-It Stop Motion

Thunk

Sand Animation

Crazy Paper Thing

1000 Traveling Journals

30 Creative Bookshelve Designs

For Kids:

NOAA’s Aquarius Reef Base (underwater lab)

Magic Porthole

Highlights Kids

Read Kiddo Read

Kid Blog


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