Writing 4 Kids

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bgThis section is devoted to those who want to write for children. This is a huge market, but it is not necessarily the easiest one. Children can be very discerning about their reading, and publishers presume to know exactly what it is their little clients want.

Aaron Shepard's Kidwriter Page: is a resource for children's writers.

ABABC Children's Group Formerly the Association of Booksellers for Children, now a special group within the American Booksellers Association. Newsletter, email discussion list, mailing list.

Agents: Tips on finding an agent for children's literature.

Bethany RobertsWriting for Children Workshop with quotes, tips, FAQs, resources, book recommendations, and a directory of children's authors and illustrators.

Canadian Children's Book Centre:  A national, non-profit organization to promote and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian children's books by supporting the Canadian children's publishing industry.

Children's Books Center: A wealth of information on children's books, research sources (such as fairy dictionaries), illustration, and where to find children's literature.

Children's Book Editors: Direct links to the children's editors at various publishing houses.


Children's Literature Association (ChLA): Academics studying the field of children's literature. Conferences, publications, foreign affiliates.


Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers:  another Canadian professional group for people in the field of children's culture.  Supports and promotes children's literature through newsletters, workshops, meetings and information programs.


CHILD_LIT: General discussion of children's literature. Subscribers include academics, teachers, public librarians, school librarians, and writers.

Children's Literature Web Guide Resources for children's writers, illustrators, teachers, storytellers, etc.; includes links to children's book publishers, journals, book reviews, recommended books, Newbery and Caldecott awards, and children's literature organizations.

Children Come First. News, articles, book reviews covering the world of children's literature.;

Children's Publishers' Submission Guidelines Online focuses on the manuscript submission process.  Also has direct links to hundreds of children's publishers' submission guidelines, information about writing for children and how to get your book published.

Children's Writing Resource Centre created by Children's Book Insider, is dedicated to providing a wealth of writing information for children's writers and illustrators.

Eugie Foster's Page: Children's Markets If you're looking for hints and tips on writing for children, this is a compiled a listing of online resources. Also be sure to check out her column, Writing for Young Readers.

Hedgehopping Newsletter is a beginner's guide to writing for children, with articles and archives from the newsletter.

Highlights Foundation.  Offers workshops for children's writers; the real "plus" here is the huge collection of articles and tips from previous workshops. Click "writing tips" and then select a topic.

Horn Book Incorperated is a reviews of children's books, articles and features interviews of authors and illustrators.

Institute of Childrens' Literature offers children's writing courses and other practical advice.

JacketFlap A site with helpful info and statistics on children's publishers, including forums for authors and illustrators to discuss experience.

Phyllis Cahill: Resources for Childrens' Writers and Illustrators Focuses primarily on resources for illustrators, including listings of children's writers and illustrators, illustrator agents, children's publishers, image references, magazines, suppliers, more.

The childrens' Book Council is an absolutely must go to site for anyone interested in writing for children.  I couldn't do it the justice it deserves with just a short description.

The Internet Writing Workshop Includes YAWrite, an open online critique group for all children's writers.

The Purple Crayon is a children's book editor's site with links to resources of interest especially to writers, editors, teachers, parents, and librarians.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is a Professional organization dedicated to serving the people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children's literature.

Verla Kay's WebsiteAn author's home page with extensive resources for children's writers, including a very active chat room and message boards.

Write 4 Kids is specifically for children's book writers, and those who dream of writing a book for kids.  Full of how to information and inside secrets presented by Children's Book Insider, the Newsletter for Children's Writers.

Writing for Children:  Here you can find a comprehensive selection of articles relating to all the different aspects of writing for children - whether you want to write a picture book or you've got the next YA bestseller, we've got you covered.

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