The Amazons

In Association with

Amazon books--often discounted : Type what you are seeking in the "Keywords" box above and click "GO!" to start a search at Amazon; or just click the Amazon logo to go to their home page, or use this text link to shop at Amazon: books.

Amazon is not just books:
Clothing and Accessories
DVDs /Software

Today's Deals page is great for bargain hunters.

Legal language: The Purple Crayon is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

I also link to Amazon Canada, at the suggestion of a visitor:

Amazon Canada logo If you live in Canada, this is a good alternative to ordering from the US.

And if you are in the UK or Europe generally, you can order from Amazon UK.

[5% commission to The Purple Crayon, plus bonuses for an average of 7%]


Links to Recommended Bookstores

This is a personal, not-for-profit site, but I do need funds to keep it going: there are expenses, and I can't afford to donate all my time. So I have commission-paying links around the site.

Kinds of links:

--to individual books. Many books mentioned on this site are linked to their book pages on Amazon or a used book source. You can get more information or buy the book.
--links or banners. In some places I have a general link to a bookstore in text or as part of a "banner."

--"shopping pages": on this page and on a page about Award-Winning Books I've collected useful links where you might want to shop.

This page includes all the companies that pay commissions to The Purple Crayon.

I have worked hard to make sure that all links are worthwhile. I do not link to books I don't recommend, for example. If you have a concern, please let me know about it via my Contact Page.

Read on to learn some background and more detail on the system.

Privacy policy

Background: I started The Purple Crayon in early 1995. It was one of the first sites on the Web dedicated to children's books. It grew while I freelanced for two years, it grew while I lead the Charlesbridge trade editorial department, and it is still growing. All along, I have maintained it as a public service. I do land freelance work through the site from time to time, but the amount of this does not begin to compensate me for the time and money I have put into it. By now, there are nearly three hundred separate pages, counting both articles and links pages. I must keep them up to date, add materials, and pay for web hosting.

I have seen other editor's sites disappear due to this problem. Laura Belgrave shut down her "Slush Pile" because she just didn't have time for it--a few of her articles are now on this site, but it's not the same. And of course, the incomparable Inkspot went from being one person's effort to being a subsidiary of xLibris, and then was shut down.

I don't want that to happen to The Purple Crayon. And I know that people who visit my site also buy things online.

I have made the site an Amazon Associate and joined some other similar referral programs. I will maintain an independent viewpoint but will also be able to generate some income to support it. I now have direct links to buy specific books from pages around the site, or links to sections of bookstore sites. I have also set this page up as a page you can bookmark, with links to Amazon and other retail sites that interest me and might interest you.

Recommended books for writers and illustrators: Updated in 2009, this is a carefully selected list of books on writing and illustrating for children, on children's books, and writer's reference, with links for purchase from Amazon. This is based on the Resource Guide in the third edition of my Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books. Ordering books from the list will give The Purple Crayon a commission.

The ABA IndieBound Program

Shop Indie Bookstores Shop via IndieBound, the online program of the American Booksellers Association. Use it to order books online from your local independent bookseller--you can pick them up at the store, or have them delivered.
[5.5% commission to The Purple Crayon]

Alibris for Used Books

Alibris - Books You Thought You'd Never Findimage Buy new, used, and hard-to-find books at Alibris!image: you can search through what's available from a network of hundreds of dealers. This is a great place to go for something you can't find otherwise, an unusual edition, or a book you remember from your childhood. They also carry many current books: for example, used "Harry Potter" paperbacks at $2.95.
[5% commission to The Purple Crayon.]


How it works: You will find only two kinds of links to Amazon or other bookstores, both here and on other pages on the site. In articles or informational pages which mention specific books, I have added links that take you directly to that book's page on Amazon. You can buy the book--or you can just use the link to get more information about it. In all cases I link only to books I can recommend. There are also more general links that take you to Amazon or to Bookcloseouts but not to a specific page. You can use these if you just want to go shopping--for other books, for DVDs, for electronics, for anything offered by them. I have tried to do all this inobtrusively, and if you want no part of this, you need only leave this page and not click those links--you will see no graphics or logos on any page other than this one and a few of the links pages. Clicking any of the links or graphics does not obligate you to buy anything. It just takes you through to a page about a book or a section of the bookstore's site.

If you do wish to buy something from one of these sites, and make sure that the commission goes to The Purple Crayon, please complete your shopping as soon as you can. The sites only credit purchases made within a certain "window," usually 24 hours.

Thanks for your help.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this.


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