I know NOT all of you write picture books. My apologies to you. Of course, you could apply this to most stories. It's fun to read. I have always loved Dori Chaconas. Her picture books get an A for AWESOME. And I came across this over at her place, so I had to tell my picture book buds about it. Fun to read how one of her most beloved stories was born. http://www.dorichaconas.com/Picture%20Books%20-%20Plan,%20Polish,%20and%20Publish.htm
For everyone, this is a site with some terrific links. See which one suits your fancy. (Did I really say that?) ARGH, I'm my mother. TheWritersSite
Great article from Writer Unboxed from last year.
Ten myths about writing for kids over at Hogwarts Professor