General Children's Writing Resources

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Here is the collection of general writing resource links. Click here to return to the children's writing resource section.

Aaron Shepard's Kidwriter Page
Information for children's writers including an introduction to the field for beginners. Also includes articles and links to other resources

Bethany Roberts' Writing for Children Workshop
Children's book author Bethany Roberts offers advice, articles about children's writing and links to children's writing resources on her official website.

Caldecott Medal Winners
The Caldecott Medal is an annual award given by the America Library Association to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children published during the preceding year.

Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP)
This canadian organization provides news, resources, and support for Canadian children's authors and illustrators.

Children's Book Council (CBC)
The CBC provides an excellent site for children's writers. Its special author section contains information for beginning writers, listings of children's book publishers, interviews, a list of 75 children's authors and other pertinent information.

Children's Book Insider
A publication for children's writers and illustrators which contains information about new markets, the submission process, how-to articles and author interviews.

Children's Literature Web Guide
Comprehensive web guide to children's literature. Contains information on classic children's literature as well as current chidlren's books.

Children's Picture Book Database
A searchable database of over 5,000 picture books provided by Miami University.

Children's Writers Marketplace
This column written by Margaret Shauers is a great resource for children's writers. Margaret provides infomation on children's markets, contests and events. contains directories of authors and publishers and a fee-based database of reviews and book information.

Classic Children's Short Stories
A collection of famous children's short stories available online.

Cynthia Leitich Smith's Website
Cynthia Leitich Smith, an award-winning children's and young adult book, offers advice about writing for children and a comprehensive link section with resources including an author and illustrator website directory.

Newbery Award Winners
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Peggy Tibbetts: Advice from a Caterpillar
A monthly children's writing column from writer Peggy Tibbetts on

Purple Crayon, The
Articles on writing for children by Harold D. Underdown, a children's book editor. The website also includes interviews and resource links.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
An organization dedicated to serving the people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children's literature. Website contains articles, links to member sites and information on awards and events.

SoYouWanna Write a Children's Book?
A five part article series outlining the basics about writing a children's book.

The Children's Book Writers' Cafe
An MSN discussion group for children's book writers with over 600 members.

The Children's Writer's Guild
CWG is a community of writers, illustrators and educators promoting excellence in children's media.

The Horn Book
The Horn Book Magazine is a bimonthly journal of children's literature which includes articles related to children's books and reading; current books for children and young adults are reviewed in each issue.
Verla Kay's website is a resource for children's writers and illustrators that provides articles, tips, discussion transcripts, an online forum and more.

A great resource for children with articles, news and a subscription newsletter. is packed with articles, interactive tools and cool freebies...all about the art of writing children's books.

Yahoo Groups: childrens-writers
A Yahoo group for the discussion of writing (and illustrating) for children in all media, including such topics as creativity, work styles and techniques, marketing and promotion, dealing with rejection, etc. Over 1,600 members.

YAWrite is a discussion list for all writing aimed at children and young adults. The list is for adults 18+. A TeenWrite list is also available. is a resource about writing and illustrating children's picture books provided by a group of authors and illustrators. The site offers articles, tutorials, discussion and web links.