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Kidlit Resources

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

Josh Funk - Guide to Writing Picture Books

Kidlit411 - One Stop Info for Kidlit Creatives

Middle Grade Mastery - Understand the Full MG Writing Process

Rate Your Story - Authors Helping Authors 

Renee LaTulippe - Lyrical Language Lab 

Rosie J. Pova - 6 Week Picture Book Mentorship

SCBWI - The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators 

Storystorm - A Month Long Story Brainstorming Event  

Susanna Hill - Making Picture Book Magic 

Vivian Kirkfield - #50PreciousWords contest

Writers' Rumpus - Writing Blog for kidlit creators

Book Reviews

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.

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