Picture Books

There’s just one thing we can tell you about picture book writing: there is no one right way “how” to do it. You have a story to tell, and a unique voice with which to tell it. And while they seem so very simple, there is so much complexity to writing a great picture book.

Maybe you’ve had an idea for a while and want to get started. Maybe you’ve already been published and you’re looking for a place to find community and hone your craft.  No matter where you are on your journey, your story can inspire a child. Picture books are such a magical conduit to so many things, and we’re glad you found our community to help you on your journey.

Picture Book Beginners, Start Here

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Children’s Publishing, Demystified

Crash Course for Children's Writers

Crash Course in Children’s Publishing: Everything You Need to Know

At the end of this course, you will understand how the children’s book publishing industry works, including writing, revising, submitting, publishing, and marketing a book. You’ll also learn details about the editorial development process, including what to do once you have a finished book.

The course includes an optional 1:1 written critique and consultation, with a mentor in the field that aligns with your needs as an aspiring children’s book creator.

Our Fall 2021 Session is currently full.  Get on the waitlist for first notification when a 2022 session opens.

More Courses for Picture Book Authors and Illustrators

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Free Picture Book Resources

Christine French Cully on Finding Story and Character Ideas from Authentic Kids’ Letters

Getting Involved with the Highlights Foundation

The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves. 

Learn more about our organization and our mission here.

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