Choice Literacy offersd these great resources on children's literature in their latest issue of Big Fresh:
Gayle Brand created an eGuide for planning author studies, taking teachers through the process of charting individual studies and plans for the entire year.
In "Inspiration from Author Visits, " Jennifer Jones reflects on the power of a local author visit in her school, and also provides some quick tips and weblinks for planning a visit.
Summer is a great time for catching up on children's literature, as well as classic kidlit you may have missed over the years. Picturing Books has developed an interactive timeline of children's literature, with milestones from the last century to current times. Lots of other great links at this site, too, including author birthdays as you chart out your year of author studies.
The International Children's Book Library is a remarkable teaching resource, with scores of texts and teaching ideas ready to download or view with students on your smartboard or LCD.