Welcome to Kidlit411, your one stop information shop for children's writers and illustrators.

Our goal is to organize relevant information about writing and illustrating for children in one handy spot, right here. Our site includes:

  • Topical Pages - links to articles and resources organized by topics 
  • Author & Illustrator Spotlights - each week, we feature an author or an illustrator, who share their experience with you. Each spotlight usually comes with a book giveaway.
  • The Weekly 411 - each week, we compile the new links that were added during the week in an update post. You can receive this by email by subscribing to email updates (in the left hand sidebar)

So spend some time with us! Browse, click, connect and welcome to the world of kid lit writers and illustrators!

If you're serious about creating children's literature, we highly recommend that you join the Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators (SCBWI). 

About Us

KIDLIT411 founder, Elaine Kiely Kearns is a picture book and middle grade writer. Armed with a master's degree in Education and working from her home office, she spends her time perusing the internet for golden nuggets of information about children's writing and creating her own stories. Her debut picture book, NOAH NOASAURUS, illustrated by Colin Jack (Albert Whitman) will be forthcoming April 1, 2019. She is represented by Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency.

Sylvia Liu is the other half of KIDLIT411, helping keep the site running with new links and spotlight interviews. She is an author & illustrator.  Her picture book (winner of the 2013 Lee and Low New Voices Award), A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by Christina Forshay debuted in 2016. She also writes middle grade science fiction. 

About our Website Banner

At the beginning of 2018, we held a contest to design a website banner. Check out our post of the winners and contestants. Each month, we change our banner for one of the winners or honorable mentions. The Dec. 2018 banner was designed by Mary Preble . Our 2019 banner winners are here

© Mary Preble



We welcome links for the site and illustrations for the front page. Please send links or low res JPGs of your work and your website to kidlit411@kidlit411.com.


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