Picture Books


© Mette Engell


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.


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

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


Tips for Writing Picture Books: Show Don't Tell

The Resonant Roar of Quiet Books


9 Factors that Make a Picture Book Successful


Seven Steps to Picture Book Success

7 Ways to Structure Your Picture Book



Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University

11 Picture Books with Twist Endings Kids Won’t See Coming

Character Arcs for Your Children's Books

The 3 Most Common Reasons I Pass on Picture Books as an Agent


Story Arc/Narrative


Art Notes

Art Notes are Action Notes!

Character Driven Books


Revising/Editing a Picture Book

A Picture Book Editing Checklist


Study the Best Picture Books





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