The Children’s Book Council
568 Broadway, Suite 404
New York City, NY 10012
Telephone: +1 (212) 9661990
Web Site: www.cbcbooks.org
This is a non-profit trade association of children’s book publishers, but may be the best resource on the kinds of things one needs to know to enter this field. Their web site is extremely user-friendly and has special areas dedicated to writers and illustrators. Indispensable booklets and guides are offered, and range in price from free to $3.00. You can also request their membership list, which includes not only addresses of publishers, but also the contact person and what each is looking for.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
8271 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Telephone: + (323) 782-1010
Web Site: www.scbwi.org
Membership (at $75.00 for first year) is not mandatory to receive information on all kinds of issues in this field. This group offers regional and national meetings, workshops, and festivals.
National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
402 Cypress, Suite 709
Abilene, TX 79601
Telephone: +1 (915) 673-4586
Web Site: www.nccil.org
The other two organizations may be the ones you most rely on, but this group is interesting because it has exhibitions of children’s illustration as well as interviews with the artists.
Books of Interest
Writing with Pictures, Uri Shulevitz. Here is a tutorial, How to Make a Storyboard, from this excellent book.
How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books, Treld Pelky Bicknell and Felicity Trotman.
How to Write and Sell Children’s Picture Books, Jean E. Karl
Ten Steps to Publishing Children’s Books: How to Develop, Revise and Sell All Kinds of Books for Children, Berthe Amoss and Eric Suben
Worlds of Childhood: The Art and Craft of Writing for Children, Maurice Sendak (Ed.) and William Zinsser (Ed.)
Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books for Publication, Berthe Amoss and Eric Suben