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


Does Your Picture Book Premise Have Power?



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

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

How to Write a Lyrical Picture Book: A Self Study by Tina Cho

Lessons I've Learned from 25 Years in Children's Publishing, Sylvia Rouss

How to Come up with Picture Book Ideas: 5 Ways to Find New Ideas for Your Stories

Tips for Writing Picture Books: Show Don't Tell

Eight Basics to Know about the Children's Book Publishing Industry 

The Resonant Roar of Quiet Books

Stockpiling Stories that Grab an Editor's Attention: A 12-Step Plan


A Peek At Pacing: 12 Picture Books I Love

Picture Books 101: Alison Hughes

Seven Steps to Picture Book Success

7 Ways to Structure Your Picture Book


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.
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