For Inspiration

I get a lot of pleasure from both reading and writing. (Of course I do or I wouldn’t be a writer, right?) I especially enjoy reading about writing.

All of the children’s writers that I know—myself included—from time to time wonder why in the world we decided to write seriously for children. We get discouraged and irritated because the industry moves at glacial speed. We also get frustrated at our own snail’s pace of learning, of writing, of re-writing. I own a few books that are ongoing sources of encouragement for me. When I’m really ready to just resign I thumb through these books.

IMG_1792They help me to remember the reasons I chose to write for children in the first place. And they help me re-commit to those reasons.

I hope they’ll become part of YOUR inspirational library, too.

I realize that all but one are OLD books. So, I’m on a safari for much newer titles to take their places. Will you help me?

Please give me the titles and authors of booksIMG_1790 that stir your heart and rekindle your passion for writing for children. Here. In the comments, please. Thank you in advance for helping me along in my writing journey.



By Jane Yolen

Take Joy: a Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft, Writer’s Digest Books, 2006

IMG_1780By Katherine Paterson

Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children, E. P. Dutton, 1986

The Spying Heart: More Thoughts on Reading and Writing Books for Children, E. P. Dutton, 1989

A Sense of Wonder: On Reading and Writing Books for Children, Plume, Penguin Group, 1989.

By Michael Card

Scribbling in the Sand, InterVarsity Press, 2002.

And my newest encouraging book is by Jordan Rosenfeld

A Writer’s Guide to Persistence, Writer’s Digest Books, 2015.


2 Comments on “For Inspiration

  1. My favorite book growing up was I want to be a Mechanic by Carla Greene. I would check it out from the school library and my dad would read it to me all the time. I am a new children’s writer myself with my first book coming out in December. Thanks for sharing, it does get discouraging and I also have wanted to quit several times but then I remember my love for reading. I am in the great state of Alabama!

  2. I can’t make recommendations for skill books because many of mine haven’t been read nearly enough. I do enjoy reading blog posts that highlight some of the qualities of good books. Picture Book Builders is one of my favorites. I also think Carol Baldwin does an outstanding job of showing how to apply skills learned. Perhaps you could spotlight some favorite blogs too. I hope others leave their comments.

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