Category: children’s books

Writing in rhyme

Children love both rhythm and rhyme. Toddlers and preschoolers can’t help but groove to music that has both elements. Even we adults find ourselves tapping our toes and bouncing to the beat of whatever is coming from our car radios. Rhythm is part of… Continue Reading “Writing in rhyme”

Tales of my NF PB Biography

Where to Start? A month ago I was challenged to tackle writing a nonfiction picture book. A biography, specifically. My friend told me to brainstorm topics that interest me and start my research there. But I quickly became stuck! I am passionate about Christ,… Continue Reading “Tales of my NF PB Biography”

online sites for writers

Online Educational Sites for Writers (as of April, 2020) Agent Query                                       https://www.agentquery.com/default.aspx American Library Association           http://www.ala.org/alsc/ Build Book Buzz-terms                      https://buildbookbuzz.com/book-publishing-terms/ Writer’s Digest University                 https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/ Writer’s Digest                                   https://www.writersdigest.com/ KidLit-voice                                      Reading Your Way to Great Writing Voice S.T.E.M.                                             https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/STEM-science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics ThoughtCo.                                         https://www.thoughtco.com/ Mentors for Rent                   … Continue Reading “online sites for writers”

Early Chapter Books

My writing friend, Nancy I. Sanders, challenged me to find a new subject for my picture books. She said it should be something that excites me; something that might excite editors and current market readers; something that can be tied to school curricula in… Continue Reading “Early Chapter Books”

Kid’s activities

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has created SCBWI CONNECTS for kids, parents, teachers, and caregivers. E-books, games, activities, coloring pages, puzzles, audiobooks, art lessons, and more. All FREE for you! Enjoy. Over 300 remote learning resources for students, parents and educatorsby… Continue Reading “Kid’s activities”

NF 2019 Picture Books

In 2020 I’ve read a few dozen “lists” of the best picture books of 2019. Instead of making my own list I decided to give you a peek into some of these 2019 picture books so you can decide for yourself. Whether you are… Continue Reading “NF 2019 Picture Books”

Write2Ignite Conference Recap

What a joy to spend time with old friends — especially old writing friends! And this year I had the fun of bringing my grandson, Mikey, along for the Teen Track. The Write2Ignite Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults… Continue Reading “Write2Ignite Conference Recap”

Blessings, Gratitude and Prayer

There are several reasons I wrote my Bountiful Blessings series of picture books (God’s Blessings of Fall will be available this week!). One of those is the importance of prayer in young children’s lives. Prayer is usually a natural consequence of gratitude. Seeing God… Continue Reading “Blessings, Gratitude and Prayer”

Picture Books – Family

Jean Matthew Hall has reviewed about 200 picture books over the past two years. The next few blog posts will list these picture books by theme and/or category for your easy reference. The titles are linked to the reviews. If I Didn’t Have You… Continue Reading “Picture Books – Family”

BULLY

Bully was written and illustrated by Jennifer Sattler. Sleeping Bear Press published it in 2018. Bully is a frog in a pond full of lilies. Bully wants all the lilies all to himself The story traces Bully’s rude, selfish treatment of other creatures in… Continue Reading “BULLY”

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