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Children's and YA Resources by Cynthia Leitich Smith. You will find extensive resources, compiled by a published writer. I don't know how she does it--and she blogs and does interviews too.
The Children's Literature Web Guide
This was the first children's lit resource to go up on the web, with many links and much information. Now, sadly, no longer being updated. Direct links to sub-pages:Resources for Writers and Illustrators
Info. on Children's Authors
Children's Book Awards
Resources for Children, Parents, and Teachers: This is a cross-reference to a relevant section of my Reference page.
I used to list a number of stores here, but they are now on their own page, where you will find bookstores offering new books, used books, out-of-print books, remaindered and other bargain books, and ebooks. All of them offer children's books. If one of them doesn't have the book you seek, it probably isn't available:
Purple Crayon Bookstores
For Writers and Illustrators:Since this is my site, start with
My archive of articles and other materials, written by me and othersYou should also visit:
Some of what you will find:
- "Really Basic Advice for Children's Writers and Illustrators"
- A FAQ file
- "Writing Multicultural Children's Books"
- "Getting Out of the Slush Pile"
- Advice on agents
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books I wrote this comprehensive guide to children's books for anyone who wants to write or illustrate and publish one. I've posted sample chapters and the complete resource guide--books about writing, reference, web sites, etc.
- Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
- The SCBWI Online: visit this site to find out about the organization and the information available to members.
- Interesting Personal WWW Sites of Authors and Illustrators
- My choices for the sites that best show what can be done with the WWW.
- Children's Book Council
- Check the CBC Member's List for information and addresses about each publisher.
- Tips from Raab Associates
- Useful advice from a children's books marketing consultant.
- Children's Writing Resource Center
- A good site sponsored by Children's Book Insider.
- Fiona Bayrock's list of resources on writing nonfiction for children.
- Rachelle Burk's Children's Writer's Resources
- A relatively new and developing site.
- Children's Publisher's Submissions Guidelines
- A developing site that could become a very useful resource.
Reviews and bibliographies (a sampling only)
Sites like these are extremely useful if you want to get to know the best books being published today.
David K. Brown's Awards page
Children's Book Awards -- a list I have made of ALA/ALSC/YALSA and other award winners from 2002 through 2007, with links to other resources.
Some books I edited A choice selection, in my opinion.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Online
They make entire issues available to download, readable by Adobe Acrobat, also downloadable. Now includes Blue Ribbon Books lists.
The Horn Book A highly respected source for reviews of the more literary children's books, this site features sample material.
Shen's Books and Supplies
Shen's catalog is an excellent multicultural resource, and now it's online.
Kay Vandergrift's Page
A site from a professor of children's literature: lots of thoughtful material and excellent bibliographies.
Welcome to Children's Literature This review source takes a themed approach.
The Scoop Self-described quite accurately as book reviews and more.
Notes from the Windowsill: Wendy E. Betts' electronic children's book reviews.
Notable Social Studies Books for Young People Useful list for SS teachers and others interested in the subject.
Other Useful Destinations:
PW Articles on Children's Books and Bestseller Lists
The Bologna Children's Book Fair: This is the annual book fair that brings together publishers from all over the world.
CSBS Children's Books in Spanish -- a helpful online guide.
TeachingBooks: A very interesting site designed to help teachers link their curricula to children's books, including downloadable interviews with authors and illustrators, curriculum guides, and useful links.
Children's Books Online: the Rosetta Project: a great project to put public domain children's books online. Many are also translated into a number of languages.
Sharyn dot org The feisty personal web site from Sharyn November, a great editor of novels for children.
Examples of WWW Sites for Children's Literature Archives:
There are some amazing collections of children's books out in the real world. Here are the WWW sites of a few of them:
- Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature
- The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at USM
- Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood: Children's Book Collections
- CLRC/Kerlan Collection
Looking Glass for the Mind: 350 Years of Books for Children -- an online exhibit, with lots of books to look at.
The Great Menagerie: The Wonderful World of Pop-Up and Movable Books, 1811-1996 A fascinating on-line version of an exhibit.
Struwwelpeter Text and pictures from an early classic children's book.
Stone Soup Stone Soup is written and illustrated by children--the online version is building an archive of public domain children's books by children.
To be on this list you have to be a favorite from my childhood, so please don't nominate yourself or your recent books. I might put your site on this other list, however.
The Arthur Ransome Home Page A great British children's writer of the '30's.
The Moomintroll Home Page All about the books of Tove Jansson.
I hope you have found this page and this site useful. Please visit The Purple Crayon Bookstores page to find some recommended bookstores and to learn how to support this site while doing your usual online shopping. Thank you.
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