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Here are some books that may help you more fully understand the writing and illustrating process and the business in general. Remember, though, the best way to learn the art of writing and illustrating for children is to read as many picture books as possible as well as working on your own books.

 

Books on Writing and Illustrating

Writing With Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books
by Uri Shulevitz
– Although this book is somewhat dated (it includes a long chapter on color separations, for instance, which are no longer necessary) it is an excellent source of advice on visual layouts
Recommended by Sarah and Lauren

Writing and Illustrating Children's Books for Publication: Two Perspectives
by Berthe Amoss, Eric Suben
Recommended by Agy

How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books and Get Them Published
Consultant editors: Treld Pelkey Bicknell and Felicity Trotman
Recommended by Agy

Books on Children's Illustration

What Do Illustrators Do?
by Eileen Christelow
This is a children’s picture book, but it is one of the most useful sources available for a beginning picture book illustrator. Also see Chirstelow’s book What Do Writers Do?
Highly recommended by Sarah

Talking with Artists: Conversations...
Compiled and Edited by Pat Cummings
– A fun and informative series for children
Talking with Artists: Volume 1
Talking with Artists: Volume 2
Talking with Artists: Volume 3
Recommended by Agy

Wings of an Artist: Children's Book Illustrators Talk About Their Art
by Julie Cummins (Introduction), Barbara Kiefer

Picture This: How Pictures Work
by Molly Garrett Bang (Illustrator)

A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists Share Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal
by Leonard S. Marcus, N Church & the East German State Politi (translator)

Books on Writing Picture Books

How to Write and Sell Children's Picture Books
by Jean E. Karl

Picture Writing: A New Approach to Writing for Kids and Teens
by Anastasia Suen
Recommended by Agy

The Invisible Child: On Reading and Writing Books for Children
by Katherine Paterson

Take Joy: A Book for Writers
by Jane Yolen

Children's Writer's Word Book
by Alijandra Mogilner, Alihandra Mogilner

Books on Writing in General

On Writing
by Stephen King
Recommended by Agy and Lauren

The Elements of Grammar
by Margaret Shertzer
Recommended by Agy

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
by William Strunk, Jr., E.B. White, Roger Angell (Foreword)
Recommended by Agy

Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
by Natalie Goldberg, Judith Guest
Recommended by Agy

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott
Recommended by Agy and Lauren

Stein on Writing
by Sol Stein
Recommended by Agy

Books on the Business

2006 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market
edited by Alice Pope
Contains ssential information for anyone wanting to break into children's publishing. Extensive listings of markets for your work.
Highly Recommended by Sarah, Agy, and Lauren

It's a Bunny-Eat-Bunny World: A Writer's Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Today's Competitive Children's Book Market
Olga Litowinsky
A behind-the-scenes look at the history and workings of the publishing industry.
Recommended by Lauren

Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books
by Harold Underdown,Lynne Rominger, Group Alpha, Jane Yolen
Note: there'll be an updated version soon, with more offered for illustrators
Highly recommended by Lauren

Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom
by Leonard S. Marcus (Author), Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)


 

 
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