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.
I’ve recently told you about some tips for writing a rhyming book for children but what about if you only want a basic story? What sort of characters do you pick? Do you put any particular lesson learning messages in it? How do you choose the type of words, so that a child will understand?
Author Alan Durant gives some pointers to new starters. You can find his advice here.
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.