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Resources for Writing for All Kids

Learning the Craft & the Industry

Types of Books in Kidlit Publishing Table


  • Blueprint for a Book by Jennie Nash

  • Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

  • The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

  • Writing for Kids: The Ultimate Guide by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey

  • Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole

Websites & Newsletters

  • Publishers Weekly

  • School Library Journal

  • Brightly - features various articles, including book recommendations for children of every age and development, seasonal lists, and essays from authors.

  • Jane Friedman – reports on the book publishing industry and help authors understand the business, whether writing for kids or adults.

  • Pragmatic Mom - book lists for kids and teens

  • Reedsy

  • We Need Diverse Books - advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.



Subscription Services

Workshops / Conferences

Building Community

Writers Organizations

Social Media

  • Facebook Groups

    • Create Engaging School Visits – a private group open to all children's book authors and illustrators.

    • Kidlit Authors of Color – a private group offering kidlit authors of color a safe place to vent and a place to share.

    • Portland Kidlit – a public group for Portland, Oregon-area children's book and YA authors, illustrators, librarians, bloggers, and enthusiasts!

  • Instagram

    • Various writing challenges and prompts – my favorite is #WriterFriendsChallenge

  • Twitter

    • Various Twitter chats – my favorite is #MGBookChat

    • Middle Grade Hub

    • Twitter Pitch Events - Pitch your manuscript to agents and/or publishers in real time on Twitter’s pitch parties

Reference Books, Websites, & Software While Writing

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