The kidlit community is family authors and illustrators who want to pay it forward. As a former SCBWI Regional Advisor I can attest to the value of becoming involved in this community and the incredible information gained from experienced professionals. Here are a few websites to help aspiring kidlit creators on their journey.
12x12 Challenge - Write 12 Picture Books in 12 Months
Alayne Kay Christian - Art of Arc
Annual Contest - Astra International Picture Book Writing Contest
Children's Book Academy - Helping Writers & Illustrators
Children's Book Insider - Monthly Newsletter w/ submission opportunities
Cynthia Leitich Smith - Children's-YA Book Creation & Publishing
Jerry Jenkins - Do You Want to Become an Author?
Josh Funk - Guide to Writing Picture Books
Kidlit411 - One Stop Info for Kidlit Creatives
Kidlit College - Online Webinars and Classes
Middle Grade Mastery - Understand the Full MG Writing Process
Rate Your Story - Authors Helping Authors
Renee LaTulippe - Lyrical Language Lab
Storystorm - A Month Long Story Brainstorming Event
Susanna Hill - Making Picture Book Magic
Vivian Kirkfield - #50PreciousWords contest
Writers' Rumpus - Writing Blog for kidlit creators
As a children's librarian who has worked in both public and school libraries I understand the impact a book can have on a young reader. I love introducing kids to their new favorite book and welcome the opportunity to learn about new books on the market. If you have a book you would like to be considered for a Book Talk Video , please contact me with the book's title, your name, and your website. I cannot guarantee the book will be featured, but I will do my best to include it in my video lineup.
If your story proves a fun read-a-loud with correlating activities and crafts, it may find a place on my Storytime Picks list.