Below is a list of books on the craft of writing and links to articles and websites with valuable information (full disclosure: I have not read all of them!). I've also included links to other author's, illustrator's and editor's websites. I hope you enjoy seeing the vast talent and variety of work out there in the kidlit world. I will do my best to update the list regularly. If you have a website you would like to list here, get in touch with me.

Books on the Craft of Writing

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
On Writing by Stephen King
The Magic Words by Cheryl Klein
Second Sight by Cheryl Klein
Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
Story Genius and Brain Science by Lisa Cron
From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler
Writing with Pictures by Uri Shulevitz
The Shape of Content by Ben Shahn
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler
Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight
Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland
Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch
Reflections on the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones
Elements of Style by E.B. White
Take Joy and Touch Magic by Jane Yolen
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
Syllabus by Linda Barry
Walking on Water by Madeline L'Engle
Children's Picture Books by Martin Salisbury
The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
Self Editing in Fiction by Renni Brown & Dave King
About Writing by Samuel Delaney
Steering the Craft by Ursula LeGuin
Writing the Australian Crawl by William Stafford


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