Stand on someone’s shoulders. You can travel farther carried on the accomplishments of those who came before you. And the view is so much better. – Bruce Mau’s incomplete manifesto
Inkygirl: Reading, Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books by Debbie Redpath Ohi. This is an incredible and seemingly endless source of inspiration and insight from a very successful author/illustrator. Her excitement is contagious.
Inkygirl Archives: Have a question? Want to join a challenge group? Just need a humor break? Debbie Redpath Ohi has a well organized blog archive. Fun to peruse when you just need a break.
Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: this organization is a central touchpoint for the Children’s Book World
Regional and International Chapters of SCWBI: when you join SCWBI, you are assigned to your local region. But you can reach out and attend conferences in any region as a member, or just browse their public pages.
British author/illustrator Jane Chapman has an extensive Youtube library of videos on how she creates and shares her children’s books. Drawing tutorials and real life advice.
One of the greatest parts of the internet is that we don’t have to spend a fortune or travel long distances to hear and see interviews with the inspiring folk. Below are some interview resources that I find useful.
Picture Book Builders: A group of mostly authors, but a few author/illustrators discuss what goes into their creation process for picture books.
Publishers Weekly PW KidsCast: Audio interviews with authors; about 15-25 minutes per interview. Lots of Middle Grade and Young Adult authors