I’m tossing a little joy your way today. Mixed with HOPE it makes us unstoppable!
This is one of my favorite Christian songs. And it’s so much fun to interpret for the deaf.(Yes, I did that for many years at my church.) Almost feels like dancing.
ENJOY! while sheltering-in-place. PRAISE THE LORD!
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 some way.
I think I may have found one.
So, I’m re-reading her informative book Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Beginning Readers and Chapter Books. Quite a mouthful, I know. But it’s loaded with practical advice.
“Whoa! Wait a minute,” you say. “I thought you said picture books.” I did. But it seems the first draft of my manuscript is begging to be divided into ten short chapters. And I can’t imagine leaving any of the details out to squeeze it into picture book size. So, I’m working on it from both angles.
“And what is this amazing topic?” you are thinking.
It is the story passed down through my grandmother and aunt and sister about my grandmother’s immigration from Syria to America around 1900. A few hours of research showed me that there is a gut-wrenching story there. A story that was pretty common in that era. A story that pulls on my heart strings. A story that can be used in schools when studying immigration and America’s family tree.
The research was the fun part. And the first draft came easy because I’ve heard the story a few times. But, that’s only the first draft. About 63 more to go to make it saleable.
And, of course, there is researching publishers or agents who might find the topic as interesting as I do. That’s one area where Nancy’s book is going to prove really helpful. You should get a copy if you have any thoughts of writing for young readers.
And here is where YOU can help. Do you have a family story of how your forebears came to America? Don’t worry if the facts are verifiable or not. I’m looking for inspiration more than information. If you are willing to share it with me PLEASE leave a comment below. OR IM me on Face Book. OR email me at email@example.com. I’ll send you a quick and easy questionnaire.
I’m excited about this project. I can already imagine a series. Whoa, Jean. Hold your immigration horses. I’m praying the Lord uses it to remind kids that America hasn’t always been what they live in today. America was built by self-sacrificing, industrious people looking for freedom and a better life.
Today let’s take a look at two great online resources if you are writing for children.
Picture Book Builders offers short picture book reviews by eight picture book authors and illustrators. I frequently find titles I want to check out for myself.
The eight contributors to Picture Book Builders are creators you may already be familiar with:
You’ll also find links to these terrific picture book authors’ and illustrators’ website.
Sooooo much to learn!
Kidlit.com is an informative blog for children’s writers. It is an ongoing project for the passionate community of people who read and write children’s literature. It is owned and written by Mary Kole who was a literary agent for six years with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and Movable Type Management.
Kidlit.com is like three blogs in one. Kole responds to questions and offers sound advice in three separate chains for those who write picture books, middle grade books and YA books.
Her “Resources for Writers” includes several books I’ve read and recommend myself.
Useful stuff for those of us who are serious about writing for children of all ages.
Here’s a note of encouragement – from The Bible – God’s Word.
Whatever ministry God has given you–LISTEN!
Working in the market place
Missionary — LISTEN!
2 Corinthians 4: 1, 5, 6, 16 HCSB
Therefore, since we have this ministry because we were shown mercy, we do not give up… We are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ… Therefore we do not give up.
“…it’s important for parents to be parents and to take time for training their children. Mutual respect should be enforced at all times.”
“…provide an environment of mutual respect, kindness, and balanced discipline when it is needed.
You see, behavior is learned.”
(From page 169, Parenting Your Powerful Child, Dr. Kevin Leman)
“Psychologists sometimes categorize parents as being AUTHORATIIVE, AUTHORITARIAN, INDULGENT, or NEGLECTFUL. AUTHORITARIAN PARENTS tend toward the ‘Because I said so!’ response to any questioning of their authority. They’re not necessarily consistent, and they don’t teach their children good behavior by example; they just dictate. INDULGENT PARENTS want their kids to have as much of what they want as possible, so they may not set very firm rules and may be viewed as overly permissive. NEGLECTFUL PARENTS take permissiveness one step further; they just don’t pay attention. AUTHORITATIVE PARENTS are consistent, fair, predictable and firm… Kids of AUTHORITATIVE PARENTS, who tend to reason and negotiate with their TEENS, tend to be the most well adjusted of all. It seems that AUTHORITATIVE PARENTS can accept the fact that their rules may be questioned and even broken but know how to respond in ways that don’t lead to their TEENAGERS becoming defiant or hostile as they grow into adulthood.” (All caps mine)
(From page 80, Your Defiant Teen-10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship, Russell A. Barkley, PhD and Arthur L. Robin, PhD)
In Isaiah 1 God calls the people of Israel His CHILDREN. In verse 18 God says to them, “Come, let us reason together” (KJV). In the HCSB He says, “Come let us discuss this”. In the NIV God says, “Come, let us settle this.”
If God is willing to discuss, to reason with, His children, then we parents should be willing to do that also WHEN OUR CHILDREN ARE OLD ENOUGH TO REASON.
(From me and the Bible)
“So, you’re the adult here; act like one. Be the parent you need to be. If you don’t understand that basic principle, then life will not go well for you as a parent or for your child, either now or in the future.
When you’re an AUTHORITATIVE PARENT, (caps mine) you realize your role is to be in proper authority over your children….
First John 5:19 says we’re children of God. And though God is the supreme authority he’s not an AUTHORITARIAN (caps mine) who gives out edicts and tells us what we have to do. He gives free choice (which gets us in trouble sometimes). But God also isn’t a PERMISSIVE PARENT (caps mine) who says, “Oh that’s okay. Anything goes.”
(From page 176-177, Parenting Your Powerful Child, Dr. Kevin Leman)
“When your [young] child has done something wrong you need to communicate that fact with the Voice of Authority:”
“Positive reinforcement is an essential part of discipline. You try to steer your child in the direction of the behavior you would like by praise and encouragement, and steer her away from the behavior you don’t like.
The Voice of Authority is low, firm and controlled. The Voice of Approval is the opposite. Many parents instinctively talk to their babies in a high voice. That’s the same tone you should use for praise. A high-pitched, even excitable, tone communicates your pleasure. You can clap, whoop or cheer as well.”
[added by me for clarification]
(From pages 68-69, Supernanny, Jo Frost)
Authoritative Character, or values, are caught, not taught. (Old adage)
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I’d love to add you to this list.
I prayed especially for you today
Not just one of those “lay me down to sleep” prayers
But a heart-felt, yearning prayer.
My heart stretched up toward heaven.
It strained to touch the Throne of Grace,
To see a wisp of God’s answer in your life.
I prayed especially for you today
Not a quick “Lord, bless them” kind of prayer
But a hope-filled, pleading prayer.
My heart cried for your future
Then softly laid it at the Feet of Grace
To trust God’s heaped up answer in your life. AMEN.
Melissa Henderson & Joyce McCullough