Children's Book Council
The Children's Book Council (CBC) is the nonprofit trade association for children' book publishers. Their web site includes their member list , which includes a link to each publisher's web site, and information about whether they accept unsolicited manuscripts.
This blog from a children's book editor who remains anonymous offers blunt but sound advice for aspiring and newly minted authors and illustrators interspersed with scathingly humorous observations about those who have a lot to learn, and guest blogging from anonymous "players" in the world of book buying and selling. For those who can deal with tough lessons and sarcasm, there is a lot of sound advice to be had here.
Small Presses Owned and Operated By People of Color
The CCBC's own list of names and addresses of publishers of multicultural literature for children. Includes direct links to individual publishers' home pages, when available.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
This member oranization for published and aspiring writers and illustrator offers a variety of services "to people who write, illustrate or share a vital interest in children's literature." There are regional conferences sponsored by regional chapters, as well as two international conferences. SCBWI also sponsors five children's literature awards, including the Golden Kite. Aspiring authors and artists will find their Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Children's Book Publishing particularly helpful. And if you're looking for an author or illustrator to speak, take a look at their a href="http://www.scbwi.org/speakers-bureau/" target="_blank">Speaker's Bureau.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: Wisconsin Chapter
For aspiring and established children's authors and illustrators living in the Wisconsin area, this regional chapter of the national SCBWI offers networking and learning opportunities through its annual events and regular meetings. Of special note: if you are interested in a joining a critique group, SCBWI-Wisconsin will try to help you connect with others in your part of the state.
The Purple Crayon
An excellent source of information about the children's book publishing world, especially geared to authors and illustrators, created and maintained by editor Harold Underdown. The site includes dozens of original articles and interviews dealing with the children's book publishing industry, as seen from the point of view of an insider. For all the latest details about comings and goings of children's book editors, be sure to check out Who's Moving Where? And the Basic Information page for aspiring authors and illustrators offers essential information for those wanting to get into the field.
We Need Diverse Books
This organization "advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people." In addition to promoting creation, publishing and use of diverse books WNDB sponsors a short story contest, award, grant, and mentoring for up-and-coming book creators.