Writing Children's Fiction

A Writers' and Artists' Companion

Author: Linda Newbery,Yvonne Coppard

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472535332

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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Full of both inspirational and practical advice, Writing Children's Fiction: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing for some of the most difficult and demanding readers of all: children and young people. Part 1 explores the nature, history and challenges of children's literature, and the amazing variety of genres available for children from those learning to read to young adults. Part 2 includes tips by such bestselling authors as David Almond, Malorie Blackman, Meg Rosoff and Michael Morpurgo. Part 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and creating characters to knowing your readers, handling difficult subjects and how to find an agent and publisher when your book or story is complete.

Rules

Author: Cynthia Lord

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780545036405

Category: Autism

Page: 200

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Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence, but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.

Writing Fiction for Children

Stories Only You Can Tell

Author: Judy K. Morris

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252026867

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 169

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Whether you're nurturing your first idea for a children's book or have a published book or two under your belt, Judy K. Morris will delight you, guide and inspire you, challenge and encourage you, and improve your chances of reaching the ultimate goal of every children's book author: your reader inside your story and your story inside your reader.A published author of both fiction and nonfiction for children, Morris draws on extensive experience teaching children how to write and teaching adults how to write for children. Here she combines concrete methods and step-by-step techniques with succinct rules of thumb: work at making your novel whole from the start; never underestimate the power of the plain truth; personality quirks are no substitute for character; doing a good job of writing usually means doing a good job of rewriting.Using judiciously chosen examples from successful children's literature, Writing Fiction for Children covers the building blocks of plot, characters, and setting and addresses common problems such as awkward plotting, oversimplifying, and taking a preachy or self-conscious tone. Pragmatic exercises stimulate writers to scour their experiences, sharpen their powers of observation, and capture the details, voice, and narrative energy that can bring stories vividly to life and keep readers submerged in make-believe. Loaded with practical advice and helpful exercises, Writing Fiction for Children is especially useful for anyone who aspires to write for children in the "middle ages" of eight to twelve.Children's books should be hopeful, thrilling, funny, interesting, touching, and a pleasure to read, Morris says. Above all, they must have something at stake that matters. While conceding that only the author can provide the spark of a story to tell, Morris offers invaluable guidance on the daily work of crafting, shaping, refining, revising, and publishing a children's novel.

Zing! Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students

Author: Pat Mora

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452271429

Category: Education

Page: 152

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Cultivate your own creativity and the creative potential of all your students! Inventive teaching is an art form that enriches lives and transforms teachers and students. This beautifully written guide offers seven powerful practices for personal creativity and professional inventiveness. For each practice, author Pat Mora proposes a symbol and presents parallel exercises for teachers and students. Evocatively written in the form of letters to teachers and librarians, this book: Helps educators access their creative selves and, in the process, become better teachers Nurtures students in expressing themselves through writing and other creative pursuits Includes activities at the end of each chapter

Get Writing Children's Fiction

Ideas, Tips and Exercises for Writers of Children's Fiction

Author: Karen King

Publisher: How To Books

ISBN: 1472110137

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 4081

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The aim of this book is to get you writing. It's full of inspiration, tips and writing exercises for anyone who wants to write children's fiction. Included are tips from other published writers, useful links and answers to questions you've always wanted to ask. Includes chapters on: Know-how: the difference between writing for children and writing for adults. How to get ideas for your stories from your family, your work and your life - and how to expand those ideas. Creating believable characters children will love reading about. Writing by the seat of your pants, or plotting? Basic things you need to know for either approach. Writing realistic dialogue. Writing the first draft How to create 'reel them in' beginnings, sustain the pace in the middle, and write satisfying endings. How to write page-turning chapter endings; keeping continuity when writing series. Writing for the educational market. Writing a synopsis and a proposal. Submitting your work to a publisher or agent. Dealing with rejects and rewrites. Publicity and marketing. Publishing your own work.

The Everything Guide to Writing Children's Books

How to write, publish, and promote books for children of all ages!

Author: Luke Wallin,Eva Sage Gordon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440505500

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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Writing for kids is fun and rewarding--if you can break into the fiercely competitive world of children's book publishing. With this guide, you'll learn how to write and promote a children's book that will impress any publisher. Whether you have a basic idea or a manuscript ready to go, you'll find all you need to build a successful career as a children's book author. This clear and concise guide helps you: Formulate an original idea, create an outline, and write the book Learn the basics of children's storytelling, from point of view to story pacing Find helpful writing workshops and conferences Design a winning book proposal, get an agent, and negotiate a contract Create a marketing and publicity plan Use professional and social networking sites to promote your book Full of eye-opening insider information and invaluable writing advice, this book should be on every aspiring author's bookshelf!

Writing Children's Books For Dummies

Author: Lisa Rojany Buccieri,Peter Economy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118460022

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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Everything aspiring authors need to write, publish, and sell a children's book Everyone loves a children's book—and many dream about writing one. But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer—armed with a good story idea and a love of kids—to write, sell, publish, and promote a book? Yes, it is! Clearly and concisely written with straightforward advice and a plethora of specific up-to-date recommendations, Writing Children's Books For Dummies provides step-by-step information on everything aspiring children's book authors need to know—from researching the current marketplace to developing story ideas, strengthening writing skills, dealing with editors, and submitting proposals and manuscripts to agents and publishers. Updated and improved writing exercises All new content on social media and establishing an online presence as an author Fresh, updated content on publishing via hard copy and all the e- platforms From setting down that first word on paper to doing a successful publicity tour, Writing Children's Books For Dummies gives you the confidence and the insiders' know-how to write and sell the story you've always wanted to write.

The Children's Book

Author: A. S. Byatt

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307373835

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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From the renowned author of Possession, The Children’s Book is the absorbing story of the close of what has been called the Edwardian summer: the deceptively languid, blissful period that ended with the cataclysmic destruction of World War I. In this compelling novel, A.S. Byatt summons up a whole era, revealing that beneath its golden surface lay tensions that would explode into war, revolution and unbelievable change — for the generation that came of age before 1914 and, most of all, for their children. The novel centres around Olive Wellwood, a fairy tale writer, and her circle, which includes the brilliant, erratic craftsman Benedict Fludd and his apprentice Phillip Warren, a runaway from the poverty of the Potteries; Prosper Cain, the soldier who directs what will become the Victoria and Albert Museum; Olive’s brother-in-law Basil Wellwood, an officer of the Bank of England; and many others from every layer of society. A.S. Byatt traces their lives in intimate detail and moves between generations, following the children who must choose whether to follow the roles expected of them or stand up to their parents’ “porcelain socialism.” Olive’s daughter Dorothy wishes to become a doctor, while her other daughter, Hedda, wants to fight for votes for women. Her son Tom, sent to an upper-class school, wants nothing more than to spend time in the woods, tracking birds and foxes. Her nephew Charles becomes embroiled with German-influenced revolutionaries. Their portraits connect the political issues at the heart of nascent feminism and socialism with grave personal dilemmas, interlacing until The Children’s Book becomes a perfect depiction of an entire world. Olive is a fairy tale writer in the era of Peter Pan and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In the Willows, not long after Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. At a time when children in England suffered deprivation by the millions, the concept of childhood was being refined and elaborated in ways that still influence us today. For each of her children, Olive writes a special, private book, bound in a different colour and placed on a shelf; when these same children are ferried off into the unremitting destruction of the Great War, the reader is left to wonder who the real children in this novel are. The Children’s Book is an astonishing novel. It is an historical feat that brings to life an era that helped shape our own as well as a gripping, personal novel about parents and children, life’s most painful struggles and its richest pleasures. No other writer could have imagined it or created it. From the Hardcover edition.

How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published

Author: Barbara Seuling

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118045874

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Your one-stop guide to writing and selling books for children Get the tools you need to: * Develop story ideas that work * Strengthen your writing skills * Improve your work habits * Write for different age groups * Look at your work critically * Submit proposals and manuscripts * Find the right publisher for your work * Understand and negotiate contracts * Work with agents and editors * Join the writing community Do you dream of becoming the next J. K. Rowling? Are you excited about writing for children but have no idea how to begin or where to send your material? Now, respected children's writer Barbara Seuling gives you the essential steps to getting published in the competitive, exciting world of children's literature. From finding story ideas and creating character sketches to plotting, writing dialogue, editing, and revising your work, you'll learn how to complete a manuscript and prepare it for submission. Whether you want to write picture or chapter books, fiction or nonfiction, poetry or plays, Seuling helps you master the different genres and capture a child's interest and imagination, from the early years to young adult. Her fully revised guide also covers the major developments in book publishing, including vital information about using the Internet to research the market and contact publishers. Seuling even discusses recent successes such as the Harry Potter series, as well as the growth of Amazon.com. Complete with updated lists of writing organizations, marketing information, and recommended reading, this is the only guide you need to start writing, get published, and touch the lives of children.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Author: Judith Viorst

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442463163

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV. What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too.

On My Way to School

Author: Sarah Maizes

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 0802737005

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Livi's back! Going to school is just a springboard for more imaginative delaying tactics . . .

Bone Jack

Author: Sara Crowe

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399176519

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

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Ash Tyler hopes to make his psychologically scarred father proud by training for his town's Stag Chase, but when he meets the mysterious Bone Jack, dark energies take root and the world as he knows it is upended.

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies

Author: Deborah Halverson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470949546

Category: Education

Page: 384

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"Learn to : Develop a writing style that appeals to young readers ; Turn your ideas into a compelling manuscript through writing exercises ; Submit your novel to young adult publishers."--Cover.

Stig of the Dump

Author: Clive King

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504037685

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 184

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A boy befriends a young caveman in this modern children’s classic of friendship and adventure. Barney isn’t supposed to go near the chalk pit. His grandmother and sister both told him the edge could give way and he could fall in—but what else is he supposed to do on a miserable gray day? It’s not long before Barney falls into the pit and bumps his head. But where he lands is more than an old garbage dump: It’s a home. There’s a little hut built out of discarded junk, and more surprisingly, there’s a boy, about Barney’s age, inside. He speaks in grunts instead of English, wears a rabbit-skin loincloth, has shaggy black hair, and might be named something that sounds like “Stig.” Barney befriends him immediately. Together, Barney and Stig go on all sorts of adventures, building a chimney for Stig’s hut, joining a foxhunt, stopping robbers, and catching a leopard escaped from the circus! Barney and Stig’s escapades have been delighting children for more than fifty years, while addressing important topics such as bullying, recycling, and language barriers. This timeless classic is sure to captivate readers young and old with its wit, imagination, and sense of adventure.

Race to the End of the World

Author: A. L. Tait

Publisher: Lothian Children's Books

ISBN: 9780734415776

Category: Adventure stories

Page: 240

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The King is determined to create the first map of the world and has scoured the kingdom for boys who could become mapmakers. When Quinn is chosen for the King's training school, he's amazed - but that is nothing compared to his shock when he is selected as one of the three mapmakers and finds himself on board a ship, competing for the big prize. So begins Quinn's reluctant journey deep into the unknown, on a ship captained by a slave, with a stowaway girl on board, and a mysterious sea monster that seems to be following them. Hot on their trail are the other competitors for the King's prize, who will stop at nothing to win.

Daddy, I Can't Sleep

Author: Alan Durant

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0552565091

Category: Pandas

Page: 32

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When Little Panda can't sleep, Daddy Panda helps him understand that there's nothing to be afraid of. They explore their habitat together and soon they are calm and ready for bed. A soothing and reassuring bedtime book for little pandas everywhere.

Children’s Writer’s Word Book

Author: Alijandra Mogilner

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898799514

Category: Reference

Page: 352

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Provides writing samples and vocabulary appropriate for grades one through six and lists synonyms of various reading levels for hundreds of words

The Rose & the Dagger

Author: Renée Ahdieh

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0147513863

Category: JUVENILE FICTION

Page: 448

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Includes an excerpt of The wrath and the dawn.

How to Get A Literary Agent

Author: Michael Larsen

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402234031

Category: Reference

Page: 336

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Written by a top literary agent who gives writers an insider's view of how to find and work with an agent throughout the process of getting published. Includes: -- How to know that you're ready for an agent -- 7 ways to find an agent -- Writing a cover letter that grabs attention -- What to do with an agent once you've got one -- What you can expect and what you'd better not hope for -- Making sure this is the right agent for you -- Congratulations, now you have an agent AND an editor -- How to avoid the 7 worst pitfalls for aspiring writers -- And much, much more. In today's highly competitive publishing industry, literary agents are more important than ever. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, reference or children's books, here is everything you need to know about using an agent to launch and sustain your literary career.a

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Author: Crockett Johnson

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062430408

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

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Share this timeless classic with a new generation of readers! The handsome retro look and the focus on the power of imagination resonate with today's parents and children, making Harold and the Purple Crayon a joy to share. One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. Armed only with an oversize purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Harold and his crayon travel through woods and across seas and past dragons before returning to bed, safe and sound. Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you. Harold and the Purple Crayon has delighted readers of all ages for decades and has lost none of its imagination-sparking wonder.