Blogs to Follow

© Dan Santat


Kidlit411 has made several Best of Lists:

GREAT blogs for children's writing & illustrating.


All the Wonders -  a home for readers to discover new books; a variety show, entertainment channel, and modern library in one place


A Fuse 8 Production - the blog of well-known librarian blogger Betsy Bird


The Author Chronicles: weekly roundup of kid lit links on craft, business, and good reads


Marcie Flitchum Atkins A great website loaded with information about writing and illustrating. 

Move Books- Lots of great content about current trends in the industry.

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen's Nerdy Chicks Rule - Great information about all things writing and with a name like Nerdy Chicks Rule, you can't go wrong! 

Picture Book University- Pam Calvert A fantastic blog that takes you through the elements of picture book creation.


Robyn Campbell- PB and MG author Robyn Campbell reviews books and talks about craft. Don't miss this talented and funny lady! Check her out!

Celebrate Science - resources for teaching science and writing nonfiction

Marcie Colleen- The Write Routine Lots and lots of information about picture book writing and.. teacher's resources! Woot! A must…  

Alayne Kay Christian 
Author of Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa (and life coach) Alayne Kay Christian has a great blog about all things picture books. Check it out!


Cynsations - graphic novelist and YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith's site full of writer resources, reviews, interviews, and more


Lori Degman Habitual Rhymer Lori specializes in rhyme and her blog can help you with your rhyming PB.

Diana Toledo - Illustration & Education - a bilingual English-Spanish blog that provides great great writing & illustrating resources, including a roundup of links

Our Stories, Ourselves -  Editor & consultant Emma D. Dryden's blog about all things kid lit.

Dear Editor 
A place for writers—published or not—to ask an editor questions about the craft of writing and/or the publishing industry… and get direct answers and actionable suggestions.


Emu's Debuts: From Deal to Debut Clients of Erin Murphy's Literary Agency blog about their submission experiences


The Blabber Mouth Blog- Linda Epstein, DiChiara Literary Agency A peek inside an agent's world.


Sue Frye  A great site if you're just starting out and are trying to figure out, "where do I go from here?"

GROG Blog - a group blog of children's nonfiction writers sharing resources and information


Deborah Halverson- Deborah has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for over fifteen years. Look no further than Deborah Halverson and her amazing website. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

Carter Higgins- DESIGN OF THE PICTURE BOOK. A must for every author- follow and reblog! 

Susanna Leonard Hill A blog dedicated to picture book writing with a Perfect Picture Book Friday feature. Do not miss!


Julie Hedlund-  Website offering information and articles about writing children's books and on creating children's apps. Check her out and take Julie's yearly 12x12 challenge! Everyone in my crit group participates in this challenge, it is not to be missed!

Kidlitosphere Central - massive listings of kid lit blogs, author & illustrator pages, and more


KidLitTakeaways - bite-sized bits of wisdom and inspiration for kidlit writers on the go


Penny Parker Klostermann's A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Series- a weekly series celebrating collaboration between poet and artist. Each episode features a poem with accompanying art. 


Mary Kole - Former agent Mary Kole has an awesome website full of information. 


Renee LaTulippe - No Water River - Just named as a "kidlit blog to visit before you die" in SCBWI's THE BOOK!


The Create Now! Revolution Blog by Agent Trish Lawrence. A great blog with applicable writing- life strategies. Sign up for her e-newsletter, you won't be disappointed.

Tara Lazar is a children’s book author, mother, foodie and boogeyman assassin (currently booked at 3am nightly). Lots of information and funny snippets about being an author and creator of the great November PiBoIdMo Challenge (Picture Book Idea Month)!

Traci Bold's IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WORDS - Traci brings us anything related to the world of children's writing: book reviews, ABC Game, authors, illustrators, possible news about literary agents, editors, publishers and so much more. Dedicated to everything in the children's writing world. 

Literary Rambles Natalie Aguirre and Casey McCormick's AWESOME award winning blog. They regularly spotlight agents and have over 100 agent interviews for you to check out (broken down by genre). These ladies definitely know their stuff. Casey is also a founding member of WRITEONCON. A definite follow. 

Cynthea Liu's Writing for Children and Teens - runs the Red Light Green Light challenge and gives great writing tips


Sylvia Liu Land  An artist and illustrator who blogs about children's books, illustration, and blogging tips for Blogger.

Joanna Marple- Miss Marple's Musings  Joanna interviews illustrators, provides tidbits for writers and a blog line up that includes Perfect Picture Book Fridays.  

Donna Martin   The host of WRITERLY WISDOM series where authors give tips on the writing process as well as the host of the international free author's promotion event held every May during her city's Children's Festival of Reading. 

Yvonne Mes Author/Illustrator Yvonne Mes's blog is full of illustrating and writing nuggets   

Kate Messner - Award winning author blogs about writing and craft.


Meg Miller Author/Illustrator Founder of ReviMo (Revise Month) Meg blogs about the craft of writing and illustrating and life.


Pat Miller's Write Mind - Pat Miller has lots of information on her blog for writers and librarians. Check it out!


Middle Grade Mafia- Like the name implies (again) a great blog for all things middle grade. 


Miss Snark's First Victim - a popular blog that runs a monthly secret agent contest, in house critiques, and an agent auction that has resulted in agent signings

Hazel Mitchell  Award Winning author/illustrator is funny, quirky AND British. What's not to love? Lots of great information.

Mondays with Mandy or Mira  Great craft info on writing picture books


My Word Playground - Author Lynne Marie's blog provides tips, reviews, and articles

Debbie Ohi- INKYGIRL - A great site for children's/YA Book authors and illustrators

On the Scene in 2016 - a website featuring debut authors and illustrators of picture books in 2016.

Miranda Paul- RATE YOUR STORY. Comprehensive website and the opportunity to receive feedback if you submit to RATE YOUR STORY.

Picture Book Builders: a collaborative website with amazing authors & illustrators dissecting what makes picture books work


Picture Book Den  A great resource for everything picture books from professional children's authors based in the UK and Ireland.


Picture Book Publishers 101 - A site that provides in depth coverage on children's publishers


Picture the Books - a website of 2017 picture book debuts

ReFoReMo with Carrie Charley Brown- Writer Carrie Charlie Brown shares her expertise on the importance of mentor texts. Also features a yearly challenge. (Registration opens in February)


Teresa Robeson  Author/Illustrator. Teresa is a brainiac of all things quirky and scientific. She is a picture book author with a huge heart.  

SCBWI- Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators- the international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children's literature since 1971. 

Raising Book Monsters- Cindy Williams Schrauben - A go to blog for helpful hints about children and books.


The Red Door Blog- Sophia Mallonee- Lots of great kid lit information here, including a new "How I Got My Agent" blog series.


Nancy Sanders- blogzone blog posts about chapter books and more.


Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Jules Danielson's literary salon where writers and artists converge to talk about children’s books. She features interviews, reviews, and other information with an illustration focus.

Simply Messing About - blog of four illustrators, Tracy Bishop, Christina Forshay, Renee Korilla, Laura Zarrin, sharing illustration tips and art


Cynthia Leitich Smith -  best-selling author the Tantalize series, the Feral series and other critically acclaimed fiction for young readers. Graphic novelist. Fond of cats, comics & cocoa. Awesome blog. 

Sub It Club - a blog dedicated to the art and science of submissions; great information and resources


Teaching Authors - 6 children's authors who teach writing

This Picture Book Life - Danielle Davis's blog, all about picture books


Today's Little Ditty - all about children's poetry, with writing tips, interviews, and monthly challenges


Tuesday Tours with Andrea Skyberg - tours of artists and illustrators, providing inspiration and tips


Harold Underdown- Children's book editor's website, The Purple Crayon, includes articles covering writing, illustrating, marketing, and editing. An incredible collection of resources. Highly recommend. 

Eric VanRaepenbusch Eric's blog features an author's birthday every day, along with interesting facts and blurbs. It's a fun site!

Emma Walton Hamilton's Blog Bestselling author's blog that guides you through the writing process and the industry 


The Whatsits - a group blog from talented author-illustrators Wendy Wahman, Kevan Attebery, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Ben Clanton, and Jennifer K. Mann


Writers Rumpus - a blog by children's illustrators and writers writing for all ages; blog posts on Tuesdays and Fridays

Writing and Illustrating Kathy Temean’s blog provides daily posts on children’s writing and illustrating, including news of agents looking for work, contest and submission opportunities, writer and illustrator interviews, and much more.

The Write Life- The 100 Best Websites for Writers 2014


Write, Edit, Repeat - freelance editor and writer Lara Willard shares writing tips, editor interviews, and more

Jane Yolen Award winning author Jane Yolen -Do NOT miss her random thought page on writing! Awesome! 

Paula Yoo Her website is so packed full of information, you'll feel like you're in a kid lit candy store.


Karlin Gray- Debut Author interviews.

Don't Have Time to Read? Check out these kid lit podcasts:


Brain Burps, by Katie Davis, all about the the craft and business of publishing, creating a market, and more. (Episode 191 is an interview with Kidlit411)


Kidlit Drink Night a monthly conversation for adults about kid lit

Let's Get Busy, by Matthew Winner of the Busy Librarian- interviews with authors, illustrators, and others in the kid lit industry; sharing the love of kid lit to the world


 



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