Category: Writing for Children

Second Sight

Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revision & Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults By Cheryl B. Klein                  Published by Asterick Books in 2011   I enjoy reading and studying about writing and publishing through the lens of an editor. I like…

The Best Pet of All

The Best Pet of All Written by David LaRochelle                      Illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama Published by Dutton Children’s Books in 2004 I like The Best Pet of All. It is a cute story. The illustrations are cute. The main character is a cute little boy….

Yes You Can…

Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career By Nancy I. Sanders Isn’t this the craziest book title you’ve ever seen? That’s what I was thinking for months before I finally gave in to…

Writing Picture Books

Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication By Ann Whitford Paul Published by Writers Digest in 2009 Writing Picture Books is written for those of us who write–picture books, of course!. Yes, much of the material is applicable to other…

Stone Angel

Stone Angel By Jane Yolen                        Illustrated by Katie May Green Published by Philomel in 2015 On last week’s venture to the Union County Library I tried to borrow a variety of picture books to temporarily place ON MY SHELF. Last Friday I shared…

The Emotion Thesaurus

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression By Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi Do you ever have difficulty SHOWING how your characters feel? Do you tend to slide backwards into TELLING your readers what your characters are thinking? Among other things it…

Up and Down

Up and Down By Oliver Jeffers                     Published by Philomel Books in 2010.   I decided to step away from MY SHELF of picture books and visit my local library. It’s a delightful place on Sunday afternoons. It’s filled with parents and grandparents with young…

Crafting Stories for Children

The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children By Nancy Lamb         Published by Writer’s Digest Books in 2001   The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children has been one of the most influential books ON MY SHELF. My copy is thoroughly highlighted, and…

Picture Writing

Picture Writing – A new approach to writing for kids and teens By Anastasia Suen Published by Writer’s Digest Books in 2003 About ten years ago I purchased my copy of Picture Writing – A new approach to writing for kids and teens. I…

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