Writing Resources

Disability in Kidlit – A blog devoted to quality representation of disabled characters in MG and YA.

Diversity in YA – A tumblr devoted to diversity in YA Lit. Includes booklists, guest posts, interviews, and resources for writing. – Mary Kole’s blog, with lots of great posts about craft. From a former agent’s point of view! Updated frequently.

Latin@s in Kid Lit – A site with resources for authors about writing Latino characters, as well as Latino book reviews and interviews with Latino authors.

YA Highway – I especially like their “Field Trip Fridays,” which round up links about writing and reading and random things. (Unfortunately, this site is no longer active!)

Writing Careers – For writers who are interested in learning more about possible career paths, this page offers some suggestions.

MORE Writing Careers – Specifically for people who major in English (like I did).


Book-Related Blogs

Book-A-Day Almanac – Another great resource for finding books to read.

Collecting Children’s Books – My very favorite children’s book blog done by the late, great Peter D. Sieruta. This one obviously doesn’t update anymore, but you can still read through the Sunday Brunches, chock full of interesting facts and tidbits about children’s books and authors.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors – Great blog about middle grade, run by a group of middle grade authors.

Fuse #8 – You probably already follow Betsy Bird’s awesome blog.

Reading Rants! – A lot of my TBR list comes from this blog. (At least for YA.)

YA Agog Blog – My friend Jane’s tumblr about silly-looking MG and YA covers.


Author Friends and Compatriots

Adam Ellis – Books of Adam: The Blunder Years

Adi Rule – Strange Sweet Song

Allyson Valentine Schrier – How (Not) To Find a Boyfriend

Amy Rose Capetta – Entangled, Unmade, The Lost Coast, Once & Future

Anne Westrick – Brotherhood

Carol Brendler – Radio Girl, Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer

Caroline Carlson – The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series

Chris Struyk-Bonn – Whisper

Clete Smith – Aliens On Vacation, Alien On a Rampage, Aliens In Disguise

Cori McCarthy – The Color of Rain, Breaking Sky, Once & Future

Corinne Duyvis – Otherbound

Eric Pinder – If All the Animals Came Inside, Cat in the Clouds

Fonda Lee – Exo, Zeroboxer, Jade City

Gwenda Bond – Blackwood, The Woken Gods

Heidi Schulz – Hook’s Revenge

Jandy Nelson – The Sky Is Everywhere

Janet Fox – Sirens, Forgiven, Faithful

Jess Leader – Nice & Mean

Kate Boorman – Winterkill

Kate Hosford – Big Bouffant

Kathryn Reiss – Blackthorn Winter, Time Windows, Sweet Miss Honeywell’s Revenge

Kelly Barson – 45 Pounds (More or Less)

Kelly Garrett – The Last to Die

Lyn Miller-Lachmann – Rogue, Gringolandia

Maggie Lehrman – The Cost of All Things

Marianna Baer – Frost

Mary Elizabeth Summer – Trust Me, I’m Lying, Trust Me, I’m Trouble

Micol Ostow – Family, So Punk Rock: And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother, Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa

Mikki Knudsen – Library Lion, The Dragon of Trelian, The Princess of Trelian

Rebecca Petruck – Steering Toward Normal

Rosanne Parry – Heart of a Shepherd, Second Fiddle, The Turn of the Tide

Shawn K. Stout – The Fiona Finkelstein series, the Penelope Crumb series

Tami Lewis Brown – The Map of Me, Soar, Elinor!

Trent Reedy – Divided We Fall, Stealing Air, Words In the Dust

Varian Johnson – Saving Maddie, My Life as a Rhombus, The Great Greene Heist, The Parker Inheritance


VCFA Professors Who Are Also Authors

A. M. Jenkins – Repossessed, Damage, Beating Heart

An Na – A Step From Heaven, The Fold, Wait For Me

Alan Cumyn – Tilt, The Secret Life of Owen Skye, After Sylvia, Dear Sylvia

Coe Booth – Tyrell, Kendra, Bronxwood

Cynthia Leitich-Smith – Rain Is Not My Indian Name, Tantalize

Ellen Howard – The Crimson Cap, The Gate in the Wall

Franny Billingsley – Chime, The Folk Keeper

Julie Larios – Yellow Elephant, Imaginary Menagerie

Kathi Appelt – The Underneath, Keeper, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Leda Schubert – Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words, Ballet of the Elephants

Louise Hawes – Black Pearls, A Faerie Strand, The Vanishing Point

Margaret Bechard – Hanging on to Max, Spacer and Rat

Marion Dane Bauer – On My Honor, Killing Miss Kitty and Other Sins

Martine Leavitt – My Book of Life by Angel, Keturah and Lord Death

Rita Williams-Garcia – One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, Jumped

Sarah Ellis – Odd Man Out, The Queen’s Feet

Sharon Darrow – Trash, The Painters of Lexieville

Shelley Tanaka – Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator, On Board the Titanic

Tim Wynne-Jones – Blink & Caution, The Uninvited, Stephen Fair

Uma Krishnaswami – The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic


Authors I Don’t Know, But Who Are Still Awesome

Catherine Jinks – Evil Genius series

Christopher Paul Curtis – Bud, Not Buddy, Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, Elijah of Buxton

Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles, Seven Realms series

Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler – Samurai Detective series

E. Lockhart – The Ruby Oliver series, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Jaclyn Moriarty – Feeling Sorry for Celia, The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, The Ghosts of Ashbury High, A Corner of White

Jason Reynolds – Ghost, When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, As Brave As You

Katherine Paterson – Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, The Great Gilly Hopkins

Kristin Cashore – Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue

Laurie Halse Anderson – Speak, Chains, Forge

Libba Bray – A Great and Terrible Beauty, Beauty Queens

Linda Urban – A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Louis Sachar – Holes, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom, Sixth Grade Secrets, The Cardturner

Meg Medina – The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Melina Marchetta – Jellicoe Road, Saving Francesca, Finnikin of the Rock

Rebecca Stead – Liar & Spy, When You Reach Me

Sonya Sones – What My Mother Doesn’t Know, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies