What's In This Workshop?

Get a head start in an area of children's publishing no one is talking about: Early Readers! Whether you're trying to break in or just want more writing or illustration gigs, this class is for you. Circumvent the bottleneck of picture book publishing and create awesome books that help kids gain fundamental reading skills and a gain a love of books.

Whether you want to write or illustrate fiction, non-fiction, biographies or even funny graphic novels, there's a place for you in leveled readers...and there's more work to be had because these books are always in high demand.

In this 1-hour BIG BITE course, Geisel Award Winning author-illustrator Kaz Windness will teach you everything you need to know to successfully write or illustrate a leveled reader and how to approach publishers with your book projects.


EARLY READERS was designed with your busy lifestyle in mind. This course can be taken in as little as an hour but provides tools you'll be digesting and utilizing for many successful years to come. That's why EARLY READERS is called a BIG BITE workshop!

Students are raving about our classes!

"Absolutely Awesome! Every minute is packed with information, without moving too fast. Other classes would take multiple hours or weeks to deliver the same information because there is so much blabla in-between, but I’m GLUED to the screen on Cuddlefish Academy classes! I’m so excited to get started with Early Readers now – in fact I started writing because I got so inspired!"

-Greta S., Children’s Book Writer-Illustrator

"This is amazing! I love the worksheets, the samples, and the way you explain things. I could have listened to it for hours!"
-Orsolya, Children’s Book Illustrator

Know It!

Learn everything you'll need to know about the early reader market-- their history, what's publishing today and which publishers are acquiring new books.

Craft It!

Learn how to write your own early reader or illustrate a dummy book or create sample artwork to get leveled reader publishing jobs.

Sell it!

Ready to land an agent? A book deal? A series offer? Turn your manuscript or art samples into published books with Kaz's insider pitching tips. Kaz provides publishing resources for both writers and illustrators.


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Meet Your Instructor

Kaz Windness is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than a dozen books including "Bitsy Bat, School Star." "Cat vs. Vac." "Swim, Jim!," "Worm and Caterpillar are Friends," and "Go! Go! Dino!"

Kaz studied children’s book illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) where she was a valedictorian graduate in 2002.

She served the SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter as the Illustrator Coordinator from 2009-2021 and continues to mentor and advocate for illustrators. She is passionate about helping artists succeed and believes education is key.

Kaz is a professor of illustration and curriculum author at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (2013-present).

Visit Kaz at www.WindnessBooks.com