You're in a bit of luck, though, both of them will be at SCBWI Int'l's 40th Annual Summer Conference. More about that here.
The books I recommend for beginning illustrators
- Martin Salisbury's ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN'S BOOKS
- Uri Shulevitz's WRITING WITH PICTURES
- A primer for the whole biz/shebang, Harold Underdown's THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO PUBLISHING CHILDREN'S BOOKS
- And for authors, you can't go wrong with Cheryl Klein's SECOND SIGHT. It's new and I love love it.
Ivan Brunetti's CARTOONING. Structured so each chapter is a week of class. And all of the exercises strike me as fantastically invigorating. Like the city's early season outdoor pools, before they've had a chance to be ruined with heated water. Why heat water? How is that refreshing, I ask you?