Friends and Resources

Children's Book Council
The Children's Book Council (CBC) is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books, and is the official sponsor of Young People's Poetry Week and Children's Book Week each year. The Council's Members include U.S. publishers and packagers of trade books for children and young adults.
Comprehensive database of children book.

Illustration Training
The Academy of Art University illustration school offers on campus and illustration degree courses in comic books, graphic novels, concept art, paper goods, children's books and more.

Jacqueline Decker
For more than ten years, I designed and produced children’s entertainment and educational software, websites and videos. Now I spend my days drawing and painting everything from armadillos to zebras to homemade Pokemon cards for my son.

Lori Ann Levy-Holm
After completing a BS in Art Education, which included a year in Rome studying clay sculpture under Paolo Carsone at Tyler School of Art, she spent two years in the states apprenticing to sculpture and production potter David Davis. The following year she moved to England to serve another apprenticeship at Rooke’s Pottery in Ipstones and worked as a demonstrator potter at the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton...

Greg Newbold
Greg Newbold doesn’t remember life without art. His gift was recognized at an early age and was fueled by supportive parents who kept him supplied with all the paints, pencils, paper and clay he could use. This award winning artists feels privileged to be able to follow his creative dreams every day- and get paid for it!

Mike Wimmer
Dreams that included one day winning a bodybuilding championship, being a football star, or living the adventures of his favorite literary characters, King Arthur, Robin Hood, or a salty high seas pirateer.

Ron Spears
One of the most important and exciting events in my professional career is going on right now. In addition to teaching, working as a full time illustrator and developing 2 new books, I'm also pursuing my MFA in illustration at the The University of Hartford's outstanding MFA program.

Murray Tinkelman
Murray Tinkelman is an award-winning artist who has won gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, The New York Art Directors Club and the Society of Publications Designers. His illustrations have appeared in a variety of publications such as Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post...

Hartford Art School Limited Residency MFA in Illustration
This prestigious program, which is offered through the University's Hartford Art School (HAS), is designed for illustrators/graphic designers looking to enhance their illustration skills, active professional illustrators seeking stimulation and an infusion of ideas and those seeking an advance degree for a career in education. Visit Hartford Art School MFA blog.