Category: Writing for Children

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…

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,…

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                   …

My Writing Area

You might remember my rather old and clunky writing area from last year. My desk was a makeshift and I had boxes stacked around me. NO MORE! My wonderful family surprised me last Christmas with an elegant new desk. While I was out of…

Monthly Writing Goals

I work well setting overarching goals. I don’t do well with micro goals. If you work the same way you may want to download this chart I created. Here is a PDF version to print and fill in. And here is an RTF version…

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…

Guest Post at Almost An Author

Hi, writers! Please pop over to Almost An Author to read my guest post “Your Fifteen Minutes” with an editor or agent. Thanks!

Picture Books and More

I’ve mentioned that I’m now on Pinterest. I find it useful in several areas of my life. Today I want to share my Pinterest Picture Books Reviews Board with you. Gentle Chapter Books 17 Unexpectedly Awesome Books for Boys Books That Teach Kindness (and…

MY PINTEREST

I opened a PINTEREST account more than a year ago. Then promptly ignored it. I’ll bet you’ve done something similar before, too. However, a couple of months ago I decided it was time to revisit, learn, conquer the beast. I’m glad I did. Now…

Papa’s Mechanical Fish

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Papa’s Mechanical Fish was written by award-winning author Candice Fleming, and illustrated by Boris Kulikov. It was published by Margaret Ferguson Books in 2013. This is a wonderful, whimsical story about a Papa who fancies himself…

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