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Check out my latest article on the trials and tribulations of writing nonfiction picture books.
AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATOR Q&A
INTERVIEWS FROM 2004. THIS IS AN INTERESTING LOOK AT WHAT THESE AUTHORS WERE DOING AND THINKING YEARS AGO. WOW, DOES TIME FLY!

Grace Lin .Newbery Honor Winner of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Author of Year of the Dog and others. Author/Illustrator of Dim Sum For Everyone, The Ugly Vegetables, and more. Read the interview before Grace started writing novels and before she won the Newbery Honor!

Cynthia Lord Winner of the Newbery Honor RULES. Read the interview before she won the big award!

Tanya Lee Stone Winner of the Sibert Award for Almost Astronauts. Author of over fifty books for kids. She's a nonfiction fiend

Jarrett J Krosoczka Author/Illustrator the Lunch Lady series and picture books such as Punk Farm and more. Read the interview before Jarrett really made it big

Susan Lee Writer and illustrator. Author of GENUINE HAUNTED HOUSE and BEGINNINGS - STORIES OF CANADA'S PAST

Jennifer Macaire Novelist

Pat McCarthy Author of dozens of nonfiction books for kids

Robert McGraw Author of THE ROGUE AND THE HORSE

Susan Heyboer O'Keefe Author of an MG novel DEATH BY EGGPLANT (Spring 2004, Roaring Brook Press) and picure book ONE HUNGRY MONSTER (Little, Brown) to name a few

Linda Joy Singleton Author of the REGENERATION SERIES

Edith Tarbescu Author of ANNUSHKA'S VOYAGE (Houghton Mifflin), BRING BACK MY GERBIL (Scholastic), to name a few

Lea Wait Author of WINTERING WELL (McElderryBooks), and many more

Rick Walton Author of BUNNY CHRISTMAS (HarperCollins), A VERY HAIRY SCARY STORY (Putnam), MRS. MCMURPHY'S PUMPKIN (HarperCollins)

Max Elliot Anderson Author of NEWSPAPER CAPER, TERROR AT WOLF LAKE, and more

Randy Cecil Illustrator of a half dozen picture books. Also, he's both written and illustrated his first picture book with Henry Holt called ONE DARK DREADFUL NIGHT

Dori Chaconas Author of ON A WINTRY MORNING, (Viking), ONE LITTLE MOUSE, (Viking), MOMMA, WILL YOU? and more

Nancy Coffelt Author/illustrator of WHAT'S COOKIN'? A HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUTING BOOK (Chronicle) THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF (Harcourt), to name a few

Beverly Cooke Writer of over fifty magazine articles

Stacy DeKeyser Author of SACAGAWEA and THE WAMPANOAG (coming in March), from Franklin Watts/Scholastic Library Press

Dotti Enderle Author of the FORTUNE TELLERS CLUB SERIES, and many more

Ann Fearrington uthor of WHO SEES THE LIGHTHOUSE? (Putnam) and author illustrator of CHRISTMAS LIGHTS (Houghton Mifflin)

Beverly Hall Author of A IS FOR ARCHES (Sleeping Bear Press)

Christine M Irvin Author of a series of 8 craft books for kids

Terrie Jean Author of 365 DAYS OF WALKING THE RED ROAD

Kathryn Lay Writer of 800 articles for children. Her first MG novel will be published in 2004










ON WRITING & ILLUSTRATING
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Q&A WITH A PUBLISHING MARKETING ASSOCIATE

WELL KNOWN AUTHORS & EDITORS LIST THEIR FAVORITE BOOKS AND WHY

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WORD ORIGINS: CUT TO THE CHASE, RULE OF THUMB AND MORE by Meghan McCarthy

BOOKS TO BUY
GROUPS TO JOIN
Society of Children's Books Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI): This group is especially good for beginners. There are regional chapters and the national one. They offer conferences and talks throughout the year and also offer awards and grants.


Children's Book Illustrator's Group (CBIG): This group is located in NYC but if you are a book artist and live anywhere in doable travel distance, it is very worth joining. They have monthly meetings where they review several portfolios by lottery and also have a yearly portfolio review where members get to meet with two editor and or agents. Non members are welcome at monthly meetings for a fee.


Society of Illustrators. They have a gallery worth checking out. Members get perks such as dinners and group meetings at the SOI bar. They also offer nude model drawing sessions.


Story Storm: "What is Storystorm? It’s a month-long story brainstorming event. Tired of watching novelists have all the fun in November with NaNoWriMo, I created Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) as a 30-day challenge for picture book writers. PiBoIdMo began in 2009 and was held annually every November."


12X12: "12 x 12 is a playground for picture book writers! The challenge is designed to motivate writers to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 consecutive months. Members participate in an exclusive forum and a very active Facebook group where they can ask questions, find critique partners and share their journeys to getting their books published. There are two different levels of membership."

Illustration Department: This site offers illustration courses and a chat board for illustrators and people who want to get into the business.
TWITTER GROUPS TO FOLLOW
@kidlitart / #kidlitart: "weekly chat for children's book illustrators & friends. Thurs @ 9 p

@KidLit GN: "This group is for Kid Lit writers and illustrators to learn and discuss MG and lower Graphic Novels and the format itself as it relates to Kid Lit." KidLit GN hosts pitch sessions that can be quite beneficial!