For writers and illustrators who want to publish
I recommend that you explore the following books and links–they give resources and information for budding writers and illustrators who want their work to be published. (If you are a kid or a teenager who wishes to publish your work, I have a special section for you here.)
Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market — An annually updated guide with complete resources on the children’s publishing industry.
Picture This: How Pictures Work, by Molly Bang
How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books and Get Them Published, edited by Treld Pelkey Bicknell and Felicity Trotman
Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew, by Ursula K. Le Guin
It’s a Bunny-Eat-Bunny World: A Writer’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Competitive Children’s Book Market, by Olga Litowinsky
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life, by Noah Lukeman
Writing With Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books, by Uri Shulevitz
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, by Harold D. Underdown
Take Joy: The Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft, by Jane Yolen
http://www.deborahfreedman.net/information/resources-for-writers.html — This contains a comprehensive set of links compiled by author/illustrator Deborah Freedman about writing and publishing children’s books.
www.scbwi.org — The official website of the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators.
www.cbcbooks.org — The Children’s Book Council website lists books, articles with tips about writing and illustrating, lists of publishers, and reading lists.
http://underdown.org/ — The Purple Crayon website, maintained by editor Harold D. Underdown, provides a wealth of information and tips.
http://pred-ed.com/ — The Preditors and Editors website provides useful heads-up about unscrupulous people in the publishing business, and provides information about obtaining legitimate assistance.
http://www.yellapalooza.com/ The Yellapalooza website provides helpful hints and links for children’s book writers and illustrators. Check out their tutorials.
http://www.drawingboard.org/ The Drawing Board provided information for illustrators in all fields, including for children’s books.