Getting started in children’s books
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a good first stop for aspiring US based writers and illustrators. The British chapter’s site is www.britishscbwi.org/index.htm and the Canadian site is www.scbwicanada.org. Another Canadian site to visit is the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers. The French chapter of SCBWI has excellent events and workshops if you are ever in Paris!
Aspiring Scotland-based writers can find lots of resources at the Scottish Book Trust, including information on mentorships, courses, funding and retreats.
Editor Harold Underdown’s excellent site is updated frequently and informative for writers and illustrators. It has extensive information on current trends in children’s publishing at www.underdown.org
This site features an advice page for those starting out:
More tips and links are on Hawaiian illustrator Tammy Yee’s website
Australia based author/illustrator Colin Thompson’s site has lots of information about how he got started and how he works.
Illustrator Theresa Brandon’s Drawing Board site is a good site for beginners.
One of my favourite sites is The Virtual Sharyn November. It not only has a nice set of links to publishers but also has a personal, conversational presence and a great sense of humour.
Those specifically interested in children’s picture books will enjoy www.picture-book.com.
Advice on becoming an illustrator
Children’s book trade fairs and festivals
Galleries of original children’s book art
Resources for parents
In addition to large online sellers like Amazon, I recommend checking out IndieBound, a portal to independent booksellers in the USA. A UK mail order bookshop specializing in multicultural children’s books is Letterbox Library.
Professional organizations for illustrators worldwide
A good collection of worldwide illustrators’ work is at Illustration Mundo.
Flemish Illustrators Association
Illustrators in Finland
French Society of Illustrators
Association of Dutch Designers
The Illustrators Guild of Ireland
Mexican Society of Illustrators
Writers and Artists Retreats
Places to recharge and be inspired in your work!
Anam Cara (Gaelic for “soul friend”) is located on the ruggedly beautiful Beara peninsula in southwest Ireland.
The Creative Retreat, on the Moray coast of northeast Scotland has several well-equipped houses with studios to rent.
The Arvon Foundation hosts weeklong writing workshops in four stunning locations around the UK.