I love it when I find a really cool resource and just want everyone to know about it! (Especially if it relates to art, writing, or life as an artist!)

This is a resource page of kidlit, comics, writing and art-related recommendations including books, blogs, podcasts, and online resources! If you have a resource you recommend, please feel free to email me and I will consider adding it to my current list.

Book Recommendations for Writers & Artists

Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Directing the Story by Francis Glebas
Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald
Making Comics by Scott McCloud
Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder 
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Children’s Book Writer & Illustrator Resources

KidLit411 – a one stop info shop for children’s writers and illustrators
Literary Agents for Illustrators
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) – the international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults
Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children’s Books: The Purple Crayon – a site featuring articles and other materials about how to publish a children’s book

Comics/Graphic Novel Resources

A Beginner’s Guide to Artist Alley
Cloudscape Comics – Comics 101
Cartoonists of Color Database
Creator Resource
KidLit411: Graphic Novels
Literary Agents Who Represent Graphic Novels
Making Comics
Self Publishing and Printing Comics – The Basics

Comics/Sequential Art Programs

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Savannah College of Art and Design
The Center for Cartoon Studies
The Sequential Artists Workshop
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Comics/Sequential Art Scholarships & Submissions

Best American Comics
Cartoonist Studio Prize
Creators for Creators
Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity
Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship
Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition

Diversity Resources for Authors & Illustrators

Awards and Grants for Authors of Color (Lee and Low)
Diversity in Kidlit (KidLit411)
Lee and Low Books
Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Diversity Resources
We Need Diverse Books


Hmong Artist Interviews
List of Hmong Artists
List of Hmong Children’s Books

Illustration Resources

Business of Illustration – a resource for aspiring illustrators
Dear Art Director – a blog where art directors answers questions from artists
Drawn + Drafted – educating artists on all the things Art School didn’t teach you (but should have)
Giuseppe Castellano – art director, illustrator, designer, educator and founder and creative director of The Illustration Department
Illustration Age – a blog and professional resource for Illustrators
Muddy Colors – a fantasy arts community
Paper Cat Press – a curated online bulletin board for artist opportunities, creative campaigns, and tips for modern freelance illustrators
Society of Illustrators
The Illustration Departmenta global leader in personalized, online education for illustrators of all experience levels

Inspiring Artists

Amélie Fléchais
Jillian Tamaki
John Martz
Jon Klassen
Kenard Pak
Little Friends of Printmaking
Pascal Campion
Qin Leng
Rovina Cai
Ryan Andrews
Teagan White
Victo Ngai
You Byun


3 Point Perspective – The Illustration Podcast
All the Wonders: The Children’s Book Podcast
Bobby Chiu
Comics Experience
Comics Manifest Podcast
Creative Playdate 
Illustration Age – Escape from Illustration Island

Make It Then Tell Everybody
Picturebooking Podcast
The Art Corner
The Illustration Department Podcast
The Visual Storytelling Podcast
Will Terry

Resources for Young Writers

Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost
Hand Hobbies: A Resource Guide to Writing Basics
Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story by Raina Telgemeier

Writing Resources

Money-Saving Guide for Authors and Writers