Basic Information for Authors and Illustrators

US Copyright Office Information on copyright and online filing

Writer Beware A listing of scams from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Committee on Writing Scams

Editors and Predators Lists predatory publishing houses among other resources for writers

ISBN Information Comprehensive FAQs about ISBN numbers

Other Professional Organizations

Authors Guild Organization for published authors focusing on rights issues

Society of Illustrators Exhibits, lectures, educational programs, and other resources for illustrators

Graphic Artists Guild Union for graphic arts

Children's Book Council (CBC) Non-profit organization promoting enjoyment of "trade" books, poetry, awareness of literary issues

American Booksellers Association (ABA) Services independent bookstores, search engine for local booksellers.

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) International children's book network.

The Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) Non-profit association of scholars, critics, professors, students, librarians, teachers and institutions dedicated to the academic study of literature for children.

American Library Association The oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.

Industry Publications

Publisher's Weekly Publishing industry magazine, features children's articles weekly

Picturebook A children's illustration sourcebook and online portfolio targeting publishers and art directors

Horn Book A monthly publication that reviews children's books


The Caldecott Awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Newbery To the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Printz For excellence in young adult literature. 

American Library Association Book, Print & Media Awards – Children and Young Adults Category

The Scott O'Dell Award For historical fiction for children or young adults.

The CYBILS Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards.

Other Resources

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)  Library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with current, retrospective and historical books published for children and young adults.

British Library Children's Literature Collection  Scholarly articles and information on children's literature during the 18th and 19th century.

Better Places to Buy Books A collection of independent bookstores in the United States.