Author and Illustrator Resources
The Author Corner is a place to meet authors and illustrators of children's and young adult books.
Authors Among Us
A listing of authors who are also librarians.
Authors and Illlustrators (ALA)
Keyed to reading levels, this is an alphabetical list of authors and illustators.
Authors and Illustrators on the Web
The Internet has become a great source of information about a great many children's writers and illustrators. The websites listed here include authors' personal websites and websites maintained by fans, scholars, and readers.
Authors and Illustrators on the Web
Covers finding reviews of children's and YA books, selection, lesson plans, links to authors and illustrators, awards.
Contains: an alphabetical directory of children's book authors and illustrators on the web, writing tips from children's book authors,
tips for young writers from children's book authors, geographical directory of children's authors and illustrators on the web, and multiple listings links for children's book authors and illustrators on the web.
Authors in Residence Online
Published children's authors collaborate online with selected students on an individual basis and guide them through the writing process as each student writes an original story over an extended period of time.
Visit the following "official sites" of children's book authors for biographical information, book previews, and book activities.
Authors Readers Theater
This is a group of authors who have formed a traveling troupe, performing readers theatre across the country. We all love the form and the chance to work together, and we hope you will enjoy our performances.
Book Bytes Authors
Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site: Authors
The authors listed here each have a page on this site where you'll find things such as: their books listed, some biographical information, common topics, similar authors, links to articles and other places their work is mentioned on this site, comments on their work, and links to other sites on the web.
Children’s Authors and Illustrators
Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators on the Web
Includes an alphabetical directory of children's book authors and illustrators on the web,
writing tips from children's book authors, tips for young writers from children's book authors, geographical directory of children's authors and illustrators on the web, and multiple listings links for children's book authors and illustrators on the web
Children’s and YA Authors and Illustrators
Fairrosa Cyberlibrary of Children's Literature
Don't miss the link at the top of the listinings to birthdays of authors and illustrators. This page was last updated in 2004 so its listing of authors tends to be a bit out of date.
Great Writers and Poets
A collection of home pages for poets and writers from modern to ancient. These pages offer background information on many of the persons covered. Includes listings of literary prize and award winners.
Houghton Mifflin’s Authors and Illustrators
Here you can find all sorts of information about your favorite authors and illustrators who appear in Houghton Mifflin Reading.
Horn Book Author Profiles
Brief biographical essays about newly honored Newbery and Caldecott medalists (and Wilder winners, on appropriate years) are annually published in the July/August issues of The Horn Book Magazine.
Index to Internet Sites: Children's and Young Adults' Authors & Illustrators
The ISLMC is a meta-site designed to foster easy access to curriculum related sites for teachers, school librarians, parents and students.
ISLMC Children's Literature & Language Arts Resources
The Internet School Library Media Center (ISLMC) Children's Literature and Language Arts index page focuses on children's literature in education.
Kay Vandergrift’s Authors and Illustrators
Included in this site are links to children's and young adult authors and illustrators as well as many adult authors commonly read by young adults.
Kathy Shrock’s Guide for Educators: Literature and Language Arts
A categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum.
Kidspace @The Internet Public Library
Literature & Authors
Another listing of author websites.
Literature for Adolescents
This page features information on young adult (YA) books and provides resources on YA literature.
Meet Authors and Illustrators
Index of author links with bios, contact information, email and related links from Children's Literature reviewers. Don't miss the links for Author Page Collections.
North California Speaker's List
This site provides links to authors and illustrators in Northern CA who are interested in doing school visits.
Scholastic Authors and Books
Presents information about selected authors and provides an opportunity to “chat” with them.
Six children's book authors with a wide range (and many years) of experience teaching writing to children, teens, and adults share their unique perspective as writing teachers who are also working writers.
Teach-nology Children’s Authors
Vancouver Public Library Author Links
Includes a link to authors talking about their writing.
Young Adult Literature
Lists of books for Young Adults, authors, journals and other material.
Just One More Book
The Penguin Podcast
Teaching Books - Sharon Creech
Lisa Rondinelli Albert
Laurie Halse Anderson
Max Elliot Anderson
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Annette Curtis Klause
Walter Dean Myers
Linda Sue Park
April Pulley Sayre
Linda Joy Singleton
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Terry Lee White
Authors Who Will Skype with Book Clubs
For Middle Grade Book Clubs (Ages 8-12)
Susan Taylor Brown
Sarah Beth Durst
Tanya Lee Stone
Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
For Teen Book Clubs
Sarah Rees Brennan
Sarah Beth Durst
Cheryl Renee Herbsman
Kristi Imani Kasai
Sarah Darer Littman
Tanya Lee Stone
Mary Rose Wood
Places for Kids to Publish
AdLit: All about Adolescent Literature
Adventures in Writing (3rd-8th)
Claremont Review (13-19)
Creative Kids Magazine (8-16)
Frodo's Notebook (teens)
Gumbo Teen Magazine (13-19)
Hanging Loose (9th-12th)
Harper Teen Fan Lit
Kid Book Ink
Kids' Space (up to 13)
Launching Young Authors and Illustrators (6-12)
Letters About Literature
Online Writing Resources
New Moon (8-14)
Poetry Zone (4-18)
Publishing with Students
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Stone Soup (8-13)
Use Your Grammar Skills and Write a Poem
White Barn Press
Writing with Writers
A Guide to Free eBooks
This page of links to free ebook resources is provided by Joyce Valenza, Librarian, Springfield Township H.S., Springfield, N.J.
Author Name Pronunciation Guide
Pronouncing Dictionary of Authors' Names
Reader's Request - Or You Asked for It
SCORE Language Arts
Resources for School Librarians
EdHelper.Com Literature Units
EDSITEment: Language Arts
This educational partnership brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to your classroom.
Thematic Units (literature tie-ins)
Teacher Vision Literature Lessons
NCTE Interdisciplinary Units
Teaching with Children’s Literature
Literature Circles Resource Center
Themed Literature Unit Examples
Vandergrift’s Children’s Literature Page
English Starting Points
ThinkQuest Author Studies
Make sure you go to Squirm's Journey: A Book in the Making
Squirm the Worm will guide you through many areas of publishing. This interactive website will allow you to meet authors and illustrators and discover how a book gets published.
Blog Central = Blogs to inspire children's authors and illustrators
About Authors and Illustrators
Database of more than 75 authors and illustrators by Children's Book Council with links to bios, books and websites. There's also an extensive list of publisher contacts.
One stop shop for author visits with author bios, annotated book list and contact info for scheduling presentations, along with cost.
Author! Author! Activities for National Children's Book Week!
Included are activities that engage students in writing sequels to a classic story, “interviewing” people in biographies, completing surveys about their reading interests, participating in a poetry slam, and much more!
Read, Write, Think
A partnership of the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Verizon Foundation to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.
Web English Teacher: Index to Literature Sites
The alphabet listings link to biographical and critical information, e-texts and lesson plans related to specific authors. Special collections are listed in the side bar such asYoung Adult Fiction and Children's Lit.
The World of Jack London
This site is
a virtual cornucopia of all things Jack London, including full-text version
of his novels, rare articles penned by London, and copious amounts of
information about his family and his ranch in the Sonoma Valley.
Authors, Literature and Web 2.0
Author baseball cards
http://www.west-bend.k12.wi.us/webquest/ms/author/Default.htm paired with FD Flickr toys trading card
Created by a California teacher, this site
features titles such as The Aeneid, The Oddyssey, Macbeth, Candide, and The Grapes of Wrath.
Google Earth Education
This community exists to offer a place where teachers and students can share and find information about educational topics that has been organized using Google Earth software. It contains placesets that have been created by Google Earth users including literature related maps
Online Book Clubs
A listing of book groups that meet online.
My book club
My book club serves two junior highs and some home-schooled students.
IPL's Blog List
The Internet Public Library provides a list of blogs including ones dealing with libraries and books.
Web 2.0 Tools
Read this article about using Skype to do an author "visit." (
See Me, Hear Me: Skype in the Classroom,
by Carolyn Foote -- School Library Journal, 1/1/2008)
It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Coretta Scott King Award
Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions.
Children's Notable Lists
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, videos, and computer software.
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, established by the Association for Library Service to Children in 2001 with support from Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc., is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year.
Carter G. Woodson Book Award
Given to the
most distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States.
The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
California Yooung Reader Medal
Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.
Américas Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature
The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.
Beacon of Freedom Award
Presented annually to the author whose work introduces American history to children in a historically accurate and engaging manner.
Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Given to a children's book that effectively promotes the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and equality.
Parents' Choice Awards
Established in 1978, Parents’ Choice is the nation's oldest nonprofit guide to quality children's media and toys.
Teen's Top Ten
Sponsored by YALSA and ALA,
Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.
The Cybils are a series of book awards given by children’s and young adult book bloggers. The Cybils have only
two criteria: literary merit and kid appeal.
Book Talks Online
Mohawk Valley Booktalks
Online booktalk forum
Joni Bodart’s site
Booklists, links, and online booktalks
Lee and Low
Comic Book Talk Radio
How to make a video booktalk
Listening to Summer Reads