Books and Web Portals

Here are some of my go-to resources on writing for children.

Books on Writing

Lisa Rojany Buccieri &  Peter Economy, Writing Children’s Books for Dummies

Favourite Picture Books

David Slonim, I Loathe You (a wacky twist on the guess-how-much-I-love-you theme)

Jim Tobin, The Very Inappropriate Word (wickedly funny vocabulary extender)


Winston Churchill, Painting as a Passtime (wonderfully engaging essay by this historical giant about the role painting played in helping him overcome depression.  I include it here because he makes the strongest possible case for cultivating engrossing creative interests outside your usual routing, with a side note about the joys of losing yourself in a library for a day.  And you can read it in an hour — a well spent hour at that)


Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

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