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Review Children’s Picture Books

With the recent naming & shaming posts receiving such a wonderful response I feel it is only fair to add a more positive area to the blog whereby I will review children’s picture books. So keep an eye out, over the next few months you’ll see a lot of amazing and talented authors and illustrators crop up. You never know, I may be reviewing your work!

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Choosing A Literary Agent

I’m in the process of finding an agent so everyday, every submission is a continuous process which I’m thoroughly enjoying.

To look for a right agent can be tricky. Research and asking lots of questions to make sure you understand what you’re signing up for can be daunting to say the least. Over on writers digest there’s an article with a lot of things to consider and there are some additional links too. I definitely recommend having a read.

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Resources For Writing

Over on the writing picture books website I’ve discovered a list of resources for writing for children, the most recent book amongst the collection is from 2012 but I think a helpful book is still just that, regardless of age.  I’ve listed them below but they are all listed fully on the main website.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, by Harold D. Underdown and Lynne Rominger, Alpha Books, 2008

The Business of Writing for Children, by Aaron Shepard, Shepard Publications, 2000

Picture Writing:  A New Approach to Writing for Kids and Teens, by Anastasia Suen, Writers Digest Books, 2003

Writing With Pictures:  How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books, by Uri Shulevitz, Watson-Guptil, 1997

It’s a Bunny-Eat-Bunnny World:  A Writer’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Competitive Children’s Book Market, by Olga Litowinsky, Walker Books, 2001

The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children, by Nancy Lamb, Writer’s Digest Books, 2001

The Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Marketplace, published yearly by Writer’s Digest Books

Writing Fiction for Children:  Stories Only You Can Tell, by Judy K. Morris, University of Illinois Press, 2001

Children’s Picture Books: The Art of Visual Storytelling, by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles, Laurence King Publishers, 2012

Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew, by Ursala K. Le Guin, Eighth Mountain Press, 1998

Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg, Shambhala Library, 2010

Hopefully they’ll be useful to someone.
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Children’s Picture Books: Dedicated Website

With writing stories aimed at publication, I have spent countless hours on the internet looking at a variety of links and recommendations and then I finally came across a website purely dedicated to childrens picture books and there are a lot of helpful insights, tips, links to writing manuscripts, covering letters and extra little gems such as exercises and agent advice.

If you’re in the same position as myself give it a try! Here.

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Writing Crime: Rhyming

In an attempt to find a name for an area of land in project three, I stumbled across a website by Rebecca J Gomez. She informs you of some crimes committed when writing rhyming stories. Although I agree with her advice, I would add don’t be afraid to try new styles of rhyming – with how quickly slang and language change there’s nothing wrong with pushing the boundaries.

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Characters in Children’s Books

When it comes to writing children’s books, one of the most significant issues you may come across are your characters. Whether you’re new to writing or you’re a professional – if you don’t have relatable characters then you need to rewrite. I’ve found this article to be helpful.

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Children’s Picture Books

I have found an article explaining why it’s essential that children, of nearing high school age, would benefit from continuing to read picture books. I agree wholeheartedly with it, and the idea that I’d ever had to get rid of picture books for my children before they get to high school is not something I want to think about – those books are mine and my children’s worlds.

You can read it here.

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World Book Day – My Day

In honour of World Book Day, here are the books I have read to my children today! I love all of them but if I had to pick, “Aliens Love Underpants” wins every time. It’s inspired me to write my 3rd project, believe it or not.

Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham

The Jungle Run by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees

The Tickle Book by Ian Whybrow and Axel Scheffler

Colour Me Happy by Shen Roddie and Ben Cort

Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

I Wish I Were A Pirate by Smriti Prasadam-Halls And Sarah Ward

Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

I am taking all these reading opportunities to do my research on what works in children’s books, looking for specific themes and length etc. Unfortunately there are some books that I don’t approve of and I’m amazed they even got published, see my Naming & Shaming part of my blog for further info.

I love reading books to my children, hence the major desire to write my own books for them!