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Writing Resources

Tara Lazar’s awesome books and her STORYSTORM writing idea-creating contest

Susanna Hill’s website with great articles and writing inspiration and contests

Vivian Kirkfield for lovely interviews and the #50PreciousWords Contest

Debbie Ohi’s wonderful books and writing resources for authors and illustrators

Kate Messner’s Teachers Write filled with studies and discussions about children’s books

Writing Courses

with top-notch writers, editors, and agents:

Children’s Book Academy

Storyteller Academy

Writing Communities with TONS of Resources



Rhyming resources

Rhymer Primer from SCBWI Blueboards

My favorite way to learn rhyme: The Rhyme and Meter Clinic
by Renee LaTullipe, want to keep learning? Check out Renee’s Peek & Critique (make sure to subscribe)

Josh Funk’s piece on writing in rhyme

Tips for Querying

Tips for Querying from Sylvia Liu

Bookends YouTube

Monster List of Picture Book Agents by Heather Ayris Burnell

Publishing Resources

Harold Underdown gives insight on everything publishing related for children’s writers

Mentorship Resources

PBChat Mentorship (Justin also hosts #PBChat every week on Twitter)


Susanna Hill’s Contests

Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Words

Spring Fling Kidlit

Kidlit Zombie Week

Fall Writing Frenzy

PB Party

Write Mentor

PB CritiqueFest



Picture Book Layout Resources

Tara Lazar‘s Picture Book Template

Debbie Ohi’s Picture Book Creation

Professional Critiques

For critiques with me:

the Laceras (authors of Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies) are also available to critique manuscripts on a for-hire basis. Email for rates and availability.