Resource Books

resource booksResource books that picture book creators recommend:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2018 by Chuck Sambuchino. 

Children’s Writer’s Word Book by Alijandra Mogilner  

The Comic Toolbox by Jon Vorhaus

How to Write a Children’s Picture Book: Volume 1;  How to Write a Children’s Picture Book: Volume 2;  How to Write a Children’s Picture Book: Volume 3 by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock  

Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead

The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books (Kindle version)  (PDF version) by Linda Ashman  

Poems are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

The Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary by Sue Young 

Show Me a Story!: Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators by Leonard S. Marcus

Take Joy: A Book for Writers by Jane Yolen

The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury: Celebrated Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud selected by Janet Schulman  

Write a Poem: Step by Step. A Simple Logical Plan You Can Follow to Create Your Own Poems by JoAnn Early Macken

Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication by Ann Whitford Paul

Recommended Picture Book Lists: Resource Books

American Library Association Notable Children’s Books – 2017  

Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens: Picture Books  Also check out their list for Funniest Children’s Book Award.

Children’s Book Council: Kid Lit News  

Goodnight Books  List of ten from

Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Picture Books of 2016  

Laugh-Out-Loud Picture Books for Little Kids  

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017

New York Times Children’s Picture Books 

101 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten  

Picture Books Blogger  Great lists of PBs in categories of diversity, father figures, leading ladies, non-fiction, wordless books, graphic novels, Halloween and other holidays by one blogger passionate about picture books.

Picture Books That Can Help Comfort Anxious Kids  From Rebecca Flansburg’s blog (

Publishers Weekly Best Picture Books of 2017  Click on tabs for best picture from other years.

School LIbrary Journal’s Best Picture Books of 2016  The world’s largest reviewer of books for children and teens.

We Need Diverse Books Summer Reading Series  In collaboration with the Smithsonian Book Dragon, WNDB’s list of books featuring and celebrating our diversity. 

Wordless Books  Ten wordless picture books to teach storytelling from Mrs. Wills’ Kindergarten website.


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