Hello, and welcome to my blog! Starting in October, watch for a post on the 15th of each month, when I’ll feature a different children’s book—usually a picture book. These choices will highlight the celebration of childhood, appreciation of the magic in a child’s world, helpful tips for parents tucked into a story, or beautiful writing for kids. Occasionally I might add an extra post with random thoughts about parenting or kids or writing.
Writing for children is different than writing for adults and teens. Children’s authors must be especially aware of word choice, sentence structure, and age-appropriate topics. In picture books, every word counts. Rhyme isn’t necessary, but rhythm is a must. The words must flow easily when read aloud. Memorable phrases and fun twists are important too. Illustrations complement the text, and illustrators often add unexpected aspects to the story through pictures.
To a child listening to or reading a book, the story is the only thing that matters. A talented children’s author can capture the magic of childhood. A creative children’s author can invent strange and wonderful worlds to capture the imaginations of young readers. A capable children’s author can relate to the joys, wonder, worries, and struggles of children, and interweave those things with the story and characters. A skilled children’s author writes stories that both kids and parents want to read over and over again.
These are some ideas I hope to explore. Stay tuned for the start of this adventure. I welcome suggestions for books to include.