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Other Kidwriting Resources

Web Sites
Email Lists
Organizations
Periodicals

Here is a small, personal selection of resources for writing children’s books and publishing them, including basic ones that can lead you to more, and a few you’re not likely to see elsewhere. For books, including a directory of publisher addresses, see A Kidwriting Bookshelf.

Children’s writers are wise to become familiar not only with the field of writing but also with the professionals who support children’s books: booksellers, educators, librarians. A number of resources here are included for that purpose.


Web Sites


The Purple Crayon

Articles, inside tips, and resource links from children’s book editor Harold Underdown.

www.underdown.org


Verla Kay’s Website

An author’s home page with extensive resources for children’s writers, including a very active chat room and message boards.

www.verlakay.com


The Internet Writing Workshop

Includes YAWrite, an open online critique group for all children’s writers.

www.internetwritingworkshop.org


Children’s Book Council Members List

An online list of children’s book publisher contact info.

www.cbcbooks.org/membership/member-list


JacketFlap

A site with helpful info and statistics on children’s publishers, including forums for authors and illustrators to discuss experiences.

www.jacketflap.com


Melvyl

The online catalog for the entire University of California library system. A sophisticated search function enables you to find resources in any subject area. If it’s a serious book published within the last century anywhere in the world, it’s likely to be here. Once you have the bibliographic info, you can obtain a book locally through interlibrary loan.

melvyl.worldcat.org


Sales Rank Express

A popular resource by Aaron to let you quickly check sales ranks and other indicators of your books’ status on Amazon.

www.salesrankexpress.com


Information About the Catalog of Copyright Entries

This section of The Online Books Page points to online resources for running your own copyright search when the status of a book is in question.

digital.library.upenn.edu/books/cce


Popular Baby Names

This is a service of the U.S. Social Security Administration, providing lists of popular American names by gender and decade back to 1900, and also by year and state back to 1990.

www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames


Aaron Shepard’s Publishing Page

Though in most cases Aaron does not recommend trying to self publish children’s books, his collection of resources for self publishers will help those determined to do it anyway.

www.newselfpublishing.com


Quick Links!

Writing-World
Rx for Writers—Institute for Children’s Literature
Raab Associates—Book promotion info from children’s book agent Susan Raab
Fiction Notes—Darcy Pattison’s help with your writing
Kid’s Book Revisions—Eileen Robinson’s and Harold Underdown’s online class


Email Lists

Note: Some lists may be Yahoo! groups. To stop Yahoo! from selling or sharing your email address, access your account info there, then edit your “Marketing Preferences.”


Aaron’s Kidwriting Update

The email bulletin of changes and additions to this site. Please subscribe!

groups.yahoo.com/group/kidwriting-update


CHILD_LIT

General discussion of children’s literature. Subscribers include academics, teachers, public librarians, school librarians, and writers.

www.rci.rutgers.edu/~mjoseph/childlit/about.html


LM_NET

For school librarians. Has tight restrictions on messages seen as promoting a writer’s work.

lmnet.wordpress.com


PUBYAC

For public librarians.

www.pubyac.org


Organizations

All listings below are U.S. unless noted.


Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Bi-monthly bulletin, market directories, annual conference, regional branches. Join this!!!!!!!!

8271 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323-782-1010
www.scbwi.org


American Booksellers Association (ABA)

Annual convention (as part of Book Expo America), publications, mailing lists, some regional affiliates, the national BookSense campaign and Web site.

333 Westchester Avenue, Suite S202
White Plains, NY 1060462
800-637-0037
www.bookweb.org


ABC Children’s Group

Formerly the Association of Booksellers for Children, now a special group within the American Booksellers Association. Newsletter, email discussion list, mailing list.

333 Westchester Avenue, Suite S202
White Plains, NY 1060462
800-637-0037
www.bookweb.org/membership/ABC


American Library Association (ALA)

Annual convention, publications, mailing lists, state affiliates.

50 East Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433
www.ala.org


American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

A division of the American Library Association. Conferences, publications, email discussion lists.

50 East Huron St.
Chicago, IL 606711
800-545-2433 X4389
www.ala.org/aasl


International Reading Association (IRA)

Elementary school teachers, other educators, some librarians. Annual convention, publications, mailing lists, state and local affiliates.

800 Barksdale Rd.
P.O. Box 8139
Newark, DE 19714
800-336-7323
www.reading.org


National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Secondary-school English teachers, other educators. Annual convention, publications, mailing lists, state affiliates.

1111 Kenyon Rd.
Urbana, IL 61801
800-369-6283
www.ncte.org


Children’s Literature Association (ChLA)

Academics studying the field of children’s literature. Conferences, publications, foreign affiliates.

1301 W. 22nd Street, Suite 202
Oak Brook, IL 60523
630-571-4520
www.childlitassn.org


Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP)

Newsletters, workshops, meetings and other information programs for Canadian authors, parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, and others.

720 Bathurst St., Suite 504
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
CANADA
416-515-1559
www.canscaip.org


Periodicals

All listings below are U.S. unless noted.


SCBWI Bulletin

Official publication of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Bimonthly.

8271 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323-782-1010
www.scbwi.org


Publishers Weekly

Includes ongoing coverage of children’s book publishing and related fields. Also a major review journal. Extremely expensive, but worth it. (If you can’t afford it, though, you can read much of its content on its Web site.) A semiannual children’s book announcement issue—available also individually—includes nearly every children’s book to be published in the next half year, listed by publisher.

800-278-2991
www.publishersweekly.com


Other major review media, to be found at many libraries:

Booklist (American Library Association)
School Library Journal
Horn Book
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)


For more info, treats, and resources,
visit Aaron Shepard’s Kidwriting Page at
www.aaronshep.com/kidwriter