Friends' author/illustrator sites can be found underneath this list of international resources for picture book creators. All input welcome!

Writing with Pictures by Uri Shulevitz The classic book on how to illustrate and create children’s picture books A good explanation of the structure of the picture book - see the ‘anatomy’ section of (examples of spreads, borders, endpapers etc). An excellent list of picture book links. Publisher Harold Underdown’s Purple Crayon site for illustrators, writers and kid’s book people, full of excellent articles, resources and links. Illustratorswho are members of SCBW France (The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) can show their work on this site. International Bologna bookfair illustration competition with a deadline mid November. Open to individual illustrators of any nationality. For artists in the countries of Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Arab States, Latin America and the Caribbean the Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustration deadline is December 31.
Site of the French children’s book fair, in Montreuil, Paris which hosts a competition for new illustrators and illustration schools. US home of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators with regional groups all over the world. The French / mainland European end of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (see above). The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. This French site has developed over several years into a very useful database of information on children’s books, their creators and more. A European perspective on children’s books; in French, Spanish, and English. CLISS, Children's Literature International Summer School U.K. A biennial five-day period of study about children's literature, organised by National Center for Research in Children's Literature see The Children’s Book Council of Australia. Australian illustrators gallery. A unique concept which incorporates a gallery dedicated to original book illustration, a special children’s bookshop and an education programme. is an Australian Society of Authors and Society of Book Illustrators initiative to promote the work of Australian book illustrators in Australia and overseas. La Charte des auteurs et illustrateurs jeunesse. French public sponsored association 1901 promoting and supporting 700 professional writer / illustrator members. A densely-packed informative site with a European perspective on children’s books; in French, Spanish, and now in English. French children’s book review site. L’association Les Trois Ourses défend des artistes dont elle aime le travail en direction des enfants, diffuse leurs livres introuvables, conçoit et organise des expositions. Information on 1930-60s illustrators for Pere Castor books.
Site of the French children’s book fair, in Montreuil, Paris. site of the new heritage museum and Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle. information and advice about British children’s books,author, illustrators, prizes, publisher. UK Children’s Books – a great way to access British publishers, authors, illustrators and review sites. Informative up-to-the-minute kid’s book news, articles and resources.

Japanese bookbinding formats explained in detail. A useful review site for kids and parents that concentrates on fiction and divides it by type - magic, time travel, adventure, etc. There’s an intriguing search engine called the Bookchooser where you click buttons to input the type of story you want (realistic or lots of magic, not too scary...) and receive a list of suitable books. The UK Association of Illustrators site with excellent links and general resources for all types of illustrators.
British published books:
Words and Pictures by Quentin Blake (Jonathan Cape UK), prolific artist, illustrator of Roald Dahl, picture book writer & the first UK children’s laureate

The Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (first published for 2005) This is the first comprehensive UK guide to markets in all areas of the children ‘s media. In addition to the extensive directory of contacts, it includes twenty specially commissioned articles. Aimed at anyone wishing to write or illustrate a book, play or film for children. Pioneer publishers of children’s books in India, Children’s Book Trust houses a children’s library, and runs a museum and children’s painting competition. An inspiring site on Asian/ Pacific kids books - gallery well worth a visit. inspiring Flash site in French and Italian on designer Bruno Munari.
Book: Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs de Livres d’Enfants Russes 1917-1945, by Levèque/Plantureux 1997 (Agence Culturelle de Paris inspiring exhibition catalogue of pre-war Russian illustrators Spanish kid’s books review site. another review site. the Spanish wing of this French site has extra info on Spanish illustrators - in Spanish. The US home of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators now expanding internationally. a rich informative resource site about children’s picture books. A US publisher importing some interesting titles from elsewhere. To quote their intro: “ the children of the coming millennium will not simply be citizen of their own countries, they truly will be citizens of the world”. (Kane/Millar).
US published books (on recommendation)
Childrens Books From Other Countries (Scarecrow Press, 1998). Carl Tomlinson, Editor. Global Perspectives in Children's Literature (Allyn and Bacon, 2001) E. Freeman and B. Lehman. The World Through Children's Books (Scarecrow Press, 2002) Susan Stan, Editor. Author site of David Bedford , friend and co-creator of Knock, knock! among many other books for children. Based now in Paris, Doug Cushman is a friend and much published, highly inventive creator of stories both in pictures and words. Author site of Erzsi Deak, friend, writer, editor and incomparably energetic founder of SCBWI France, and Chair of SCBWI International. Beautifully designed site of G. Brian Karas, friend and much prized author-illustrator of many innovatory picture books. Illustrator site of Jeanne de Sainte Marie, a fellow bilingual, SCBWI france member and friend living in Paris. Site of the multifariousprolific illustrator and friend, John Shelley. Site in English and Japanese. Even though Mick Finch is my husband, I continue to be amazed by this site - the more you look, the more you find ! Drawn! is a collaborative weblog for illustrators, artists, cartoonists, and anyone who likes to draw. Make Comics Forever is a forum for cartoonists dedicated to improving their productivity. Applies to children's book illustrators too. This is not a forum for wimps! La Boîte à Image - 'pour regarder les images autremen't - a great daily blog in French with some surprising new takes on images. Last page from which you can return over a stimulating visual journey which artist Paul Cox made alongside his 2005 Centre Pompidou exhibition.The talk he gave with his picture book publisher Jacques Binstok for SCBWI France and Parsons Paris was memorable. Among many other things, Paul Cox refreshes the sense of what scale and space mean within and outside of the book.

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