resources for creators

Whether you’re trying to figure out how to get started, or just looking to broaden your knowledge, these links can help you out!



The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. (Their conferences are amazing and they have student discounts on memberships!)


12x12 Picture Book Challenge

Do you want to write 12 picture books in 12 months? In 12 x 12, you’ll get the motivation and accountability you need to get those drafts finished, all with the support of the friendliest writing community on earth.


Tara Lazar’s Storystorm

The Storystorm challenge is to create 30 story ideas in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas.


Rhode Island School of Design/Illustration

As a creative discipline Illustration at RISD is broadly defined — by purpose, not media. While illustrators employ the same tools used in painting, photography, film, graphic design and other disciplines, they make imagery with the intent of conveying specific meaning and messages.


Hollins University

The first degree program of its kind in the world, Hollins’ well-respected program offers multiple options in the study, writing, and illustration of literature for children. Books such as Goodnight Moon by Hollins alumna Margaret Wise Brown start us on our path in life, and the books that children are reading now will shape our future world.