Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ready, Set, Happy New Year

Happy New Year. May this be your best writing year yet.

Picture books rock and those who write them are a special breed of authors.

I wish you all much success in this genre for 2012.

Stay tuned for an awesome 2012 in the world of writing for Children.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Example of a Picture Book from 1950 Re-released in 2011

Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Their New Skates

Author: Maj Lindman

ISBN: 978-0-8075-2496-1

If you have never read this Christmas tale, as a writer for children you owe it to yourself to read it. Although it was first released in 1950, reading it can teach you about what it takes to write for children. This is the third release of this book by Albert Whitman and Company so it behooves us as writers to see what makes this book so successful.

Here is what I think makes this book last over all the years.
  • It has a beginning, middle, and satisfying ending
  • It has a life lesson weaved throughout the story without being preachy
  • It has conflict
  • It has characters the reader can relate to
  • It has a pleasing story to tell
Read this and let me know what you think. It has to have something worthwhile for authors to study because it is lasted over the course of 61 years. Now that would be something to be proud of.
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