Resources for Aspiring Children’s Book Authors

I often get emails from aspiring children’s book authors who want to know where to begin their writing journeys. I respond by giving them links to all the online places where I (and author friends) got started. (Please note: The children’s section of my local library was also and continues to be an incredibly valuable place!). Here is a list of places, I highly suggest you go to if you want to write for children:

Free Resources

Josh Funk Resources for Writers
The Purple Crayon
Resources for Children’s Writers and her related StoryStorm challenge:

Free Writing Feedback:

On Facebook: 

Kidlit411 Manuscript Swap

We Need Diverse Books Mentorships 

Helpful Online CommunitiesFacebook Groups:

Kidlit Alliance
Kidlit Authors of Color
Missing Voice Picture Book Discussion Group

Binders Full of Picture Book Writers
Binders Full of Middle Grade Writers

Paid Resources

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
12×12 Picture Book Challenge 

Rate Your Story (for feedback)
Highlights Foundation
Kweli: The Color of Children’s Literature Conference