Picture Books


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Interested in writing picture books? Here are some resources to get you started.

General Resources 

SCBWI - the Society for Children's Book Writers & Ilustrators. The organization that every children's writer and illustrator must join.


Linda Ashman The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books

Children's Book Hub - a paid subscription service with information about children's books, led by Emma Walton Hamilton  

Children's Book Insider - a paid subscription service to a fount of information about writing children's books, a monthly newsletter with tips about publishers and agents, writing courses, and more.


Mem Fox This is an AWESOME list of 20 Do's and Don'ts of picture book writing from award winning author Mem Fox. 

Darcy Pattison How to Write a Picture Book Resources

The Purple Crayon - Harold Underdown, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books, has a site chock full of resources and information, including an introductory article on the Basics of Children's Publishing

Susan Uhlig's link is full of resources from books to blog posts DEFINITELY check it out/bookmark!


Check out picture book courses we recommend in 
Writing Courses.




Ten Essential Picture Book Elements

The Surprisingly Complex Principles of a Successful Picture Book


Getting Started: The Basics of Children's Writing and Illustrating


Should You Include Illustration Notes?


Does Your Picture Book Premise Have Power?


The Six Stages of Writing


Illustration Notes: To Include or Not to Include. . .


Leslie Helrakoski and Darcy Pattison: Word Choices: Writing Picture Books that Soar

Story Arc/Narrative

Character Driven Books


Revising/Editing a Picture Book

A Picture Book Editing Checklist




Study the Best Picture Books



Caldecott Award Winners 1938-present

Cybils Literary Awards CYBILS – Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards


The Top 100 Children's Books in the Last 100 Years- compiled by the New York Public Library  


Writing a Near Wordless Picture Book? Study Linda Ashman's RAIN manuscript.

19 Picture Books You Should Still Have on Your Shelf as an Adult

Perfect Picture Books - a searchable database to find picture books by theme or topic



NYPL Best Books for Kids

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