"If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it" ~Toni Morrison
- Read, read, read!!!! Read books that you like. Read books that your children like. Study them.
- Do the work! Write! Write! Write! (as often as you can.) Join writing groups. Get your work critiqued over and again.
- More is less. I cannot emphasis this enough.
- Be lyrical. Read poetry, listen to good songwriting-- it helps.
- Learn from the best. See: For Poets and Writers by Joyce Sidman OR Tips for writers by Jane Yolen.
- Join your regional SCBWI (see link below).
- Brown, Marcia: Lotus Seeds: Children, Pictures and Books. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1986.
- Paul, Anne Whiteford. Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 2009.
- Underdown, Harold D. The Complete Idiots Guide to Publishing Children's Books. New York: Penguin, 2008.
- Sutton, Roger and Martha V. Parravano. A Family of Readers: The Book Lovers Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature. Somerville: Candlewick Press, 2010.
- Marcus, Leonard S. Minders of Make Believer. New York: Houghton Muffin Company, 2008.
- Strunk and White: The Elements of Style
- Writing Children's Books
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide
American Folklore Society
Children's Poetry: The Poetry Foundation
Digital Kids Author
The Authors Guild
The Purple Crayon
Write 4 Kids
MBR: Advice for Writers
101 Top Independant Book Publishers
Sometimes it is easier to get published with a small-independent press than one of the larger publishers, especially if you are not yet published. Here is a great list of small publishers (note: not all do children's books--you'll have to comb that yourself). Best of luck!!!!