Authors & Illustrators

Thoughts on writing and sharing children’s books and adult novels from an award-winning writer.

The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers. 

Since May 2006 graphic artist  Jeff Smith has blogged about his daily life and his work creating graphic novels.

A group of middle-grade authors offers booklists, reviews, and more focused on literature aimed at ages 8-12.

Kelly Ramsdell, artist, author, poet, and blogger. What’s new, what’s now, what’s next.

Since December 2006 illustrator Mo Willems has blogged about his books and his daily life.

Since November 2006 J.L. Bell, a fantasy writer in Massachusetts, has specialized in what’s going on in children’s fantasy.

Musings about some of my favorite fantasy literature for young readers, comics old and new, the peculiar publishing industry, the future of books, kids today, and the writing process.

Since 2012 best-selling author James Patterson has had a blog devoted to getting kids reading and highlighting children’s books he likes.

Since May 2006 this illustrator has blogged about his books and what he is up to.

Writing for Kids
(While Raising Them)

Blog & site of children’s book author Tara Lazar.

Book Lovers

Reading, Thinking, Photographing

Beth Fish’s blog features reviews and other “bookish content.”

Since October 2006 David Elzey, a buyer in a children’s bookstore and formerly a teacher, has blogged about the books that pass through his store.

The best book recommendations for children of all ages! We curate the best of children’s literature to ensure we get fabulous books into the homes and hearts of kids everywhere. Blog posts feature board books, picture books, and chapter books for kids and teens.

Since November 2004 various contributors feature the world’s longest-established Chicana Chicano, Latina Latino literary blog. Also includes interviews.

When you read a good book you feel like sharing it with others. It’s not enough to read it: you want others to read it!… Share the best books you’ve read or discourage titles that have made you waste your time… or patience. Since July 2006.

Little Willow / bildungsroman

Since February 2007 Little Willow has anonymously reviewed both female adult and ya books. Includes some interviews.

Nerdy Book Club was designed to give us a home to share that love of reading with others as well as to organize the Annual Nerdies Book Awards.

Since 2010 this blog has featured posts about a variety of children’s books.

Welcome to the Wonderful World of PlanetEsme! Esme Raji Codell is a professional readiologist™ who thinks children’s trade literature and read-aloud is our best hope for equalizing education in America.

Reading Rockets’ children’s literature expert, Maria Salvadore, brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids’ books both inside — and outside — of the classroom.

Jen Robinson’s Book Page.

Since November 2006 this library volunteer and software engineer has reviewed young adult fiction she reads.


Since 2007 Becky has reviewed children’s books, mainly for the very young.


Youth librarian Abby Johnson maintains a blog about books, reading, and working at a library. Since 2007.

Click here for Abby’s ALSC Blogger link

Since 2008 Tanya Turek, a former children’s bookseller for almost 20 years, former elementary school librarian, ardent reader of children’s literature, and mother of three, I want to help kids start their reading journey on the right path and spark a life long love of reading.

Since November 2006 Leila Roy, a librarian in Maine, has reviewed mainly young adult fiction.

Joan McCullough, a library media specialist in Vancouver, WA. and  National Board Certified Teacher, has been reviewing Children’s books since February 2007.

Mary Ann Scheuer, High School Librarian in Albany, CA., curated a site to help parents learn about great books for their kids age 4-14.

Since November 2008.

Since May 2006 the State Library of Victoria has reviewed Australian children’s books and conducts interviews.

Since November 2007 Jennifer Schultz, youth services librarian for the Fauquier County Public Library in Virginia has maintained a blog about children’s books/YA with adult fiction/nonfiction reviews thrown in from time to time.

Since 2011 Cathy Potter and Louise Capizzo, a school librarian and a public librarian in Maine, have specialized in reviewing informational children’s books.

Since 2007 elementary school librarian Travis Jonkers has posted reviews of children’s books for School Library Journal.

Since August 2006 Eisha and Julie Danielson, two children’s librarians in Tennessee, have reviewed all levels of children’s books and done interviews with children’s book personalities.

Publishers, Editors, & Book Reviewers

Since June 2007, Elizabeth Bird, a children’s librarian and a reviewer for School library Journal, has blogged both reviews and news about children’s books.

Since 2007 the Association for Library Services to Children has hosted this blog about children’s books and best practices in public library youth services. A variety of their members and guests contribute posts.

The Children’s Book Review is a resource devoted to children’s literature and literacy since 2008. We publish reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. We also produce author and illustrator interviews and share literacy-based articles that help parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and librarians to grow readers.

Since November 2006 Gwenda Bond, a journalist, has blogged a few reviews but mainly gives news about young adult books.

Since September 2005 Roger Sutton, the Editor of Horn Book, has discussed what is going on in the industry while saving his reviews for the print magazine.

Since January 2003 Cheryl Klein, a book editor for Scholastic, has blogged about publishing and life in New York City.

A blog on race, diversity, education, and children’s books.

Since January 2003 Cheryl Klein, a book editor for Scholastic, features the blog of a teacher educator discussing math, science, poetry, children’s literature, and issues related to teaching children and their future teachers.

An organization started in 2014 that focuses on children’s books that are multicultural in characters and themes.

Shelf Talker
In which children’s booksellers ponder all things literary, artistic, and mercantile

Since March 2007.

The official blog of the society of children’s book writers and illustrators – by Lee Wind

We Need Diverse Books is working toward a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. Read our blog to get the latest book recommendations, press releasees, opinions, Q&A, resources, and personal essays.

Teachers, Professors, Parents & HomeSchoolers

Since September 2006 Debbie Reese, a professor of American Indian Studies in Illinois, has evaluated children’s books for how accurate they are from an American Indian point of view.

Dena, a mother of two, has kept a blog since 2012 featuring book reviews, giveaways, author interviews, book roundups, bookish discussions, and a whole lot more.

Since December 2004 Jennie, a teacher in Virginia, has blogged about children’s books and a few adult books now and then.

Since January 2007 Charlotte, an archaeologist and president of a Friends of the Public Library group,  blogs about science fiction and fantasy books for kids and teens, with a smattering of other genres.

Since September 2006 Monica Edinger has had one of the more academic kidlit blogs. I started this blog to write about teaching, my life’s work; literature, especially that created for children; history, especially as it is taught to and learned by children; Africa, especially Sierra Leone.

Here Wee Read

Charnaie Gordon loves connecting people with diverse and inclusive books, kid-friendly products and family experiences.

Melissa Taylor, mom, writer, & former elementary teacher & literacy trainer. I love sharing good books & fun learning resources.

A Blog that features children’s picture book and comic book reviews, illustrator interviews, and global picture book exchanges, all from a design and illustration perspective. Authors by Mel Schiut, a picture book enthusiast with an MA in Children’s Literature.

Since October 2004 Teri Lesesne, a former middle school teacher and now a professor of Children’s Literature in Texas, has blogged about children’s books.

Mr. Schu Reads – Exploring Children’s Literature Through Book Trailers.

John Schu has made a career out of advocating for the people and things he cares about most: kids, books, and the people that connect them. John is a children’s book author, part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the children’s librarian for Bookelicious.  

Since 2010.

Since 2013 Sarah Yewman has focused on reviewed picture books that she admires.

Since July 2006 Sylvia Vardell, a professor at Texas Womens University, has focused on children’s poetry.

Since 2012 Alex Baugh, a former elementary teacher, has blogged about children’s books that he recommends.

Since October 2006 a group of Indian/American mothers have reviewed multicultural books for children, particularly those from India.

Since October 2003 Sherry Early, a home school teacher, has reviewed books she’s found useful in home schooling.

Since April 2007 Elaine Magliaro, a professor of children’s literature in Massachusetts who was formerly a teacher and librarian, has blogged about children’s literature.

Since June 2005 Sheila Ruth, a home schooling mom in Maryland, has specialized in fantasy and science fiction for children.

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley. Blogging since 2006.

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