Writing Fiction for Children

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.

Author: Judy K. Morris

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252026861

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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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.

The Everything Guide to Writing Children s Books

Writing for kids can be fun and rewarding-- if you can break into the competitive world of children's book publishing. Learn how to write and promote a children's book that will impress any publisher.

Author: Luke Wallin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440505492

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Writing for kids can be fun and rewarding-- if you can break into the competitive world of children's book publishing. Learn how to write and promote a children's book that will impress any publisher.

So You Want to Write a Children s Book

This handbook for new and aspiring children's authors and illustrators is the ultimate guide to the whole process of writing a book and getting it to the publisher.

Author: Peter Carver

Publisher:

ISBN: 0889954569

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 124

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This handbook for new and aspiring children's authors and illustrators is the ultimate guide to the whole process of writing a book and getting it to the publisher. Written by one of North America's leading children's book editors, this book will show writers how to begin, how to develop the story, and more.

The Presence of the Past in Children s Literature

Explores how children's writers around the world have presented the theme and concept of time past.

Author: International Research Society for Children's Literature

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313324832

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

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Explores how children's writers around the world have presented the theme and concept of time past.

Children s Writers Artists Yearbook 2019

The annual, bestselling guide to all aspects of the media and how to write and illustrate for children and young adults. Acknowledged by the media industries and authors as the essential guide to how to get published.

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472947604

Category: Reference

Page: 480

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The annual, bestselling guide to all aspects of the media and how to write and illustrate for children and young adults. Acknowledged by the media industries and authors as the essential guide to how to get published. The 70+ articles are updated and added to each year. Together they provide invaluable guidance on subjects such as series fiction, writing historical or funny books, preparing an illustration portfolio, managing your finances, interpreting publishers' contracts, self-publishing your work. Foreword by Sarah Crossan, Carnegie Medal winner and author of One, Breathe, Moonrise (published July 2018) and We Come Apart (with Brian Conaghan) NEW articles for the 2019 edition include: LGBT+ characters in children's fiction by Lauren James The hybrid author by Shelli R. Johannes A jobbing writer's lot by Joanna Nadin Adapting children's books for stage and screen by Emma Reeves Where does your book sit? by Jasmine Richards Murderous inventions by Robin Stevens The long and winding road to publication by Paul Stewart Writing picture books by Tessa Strickland The ups and downs of being a writer by Theresa Tomlinson All of the 2,000 listings of who to contact across the media have been reviewed and updated. The essential guide for any writer for children.

The Impact of Victorian Children s Fiction

This book describes and evaluates this body of literature. It places the books in the economic and social contexts of their writing and publication, and considers many of the most prolific writers in detail.

Author: J. S. Bratton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317365624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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Originally published in 1981. Many of the classics of children’s literature were produced in the Victorian period. But Alice in Wonderland and The King of the Golden River were not the books offered to the majority of children of the time. When writing for children began to be taken seriously, it was not as an art, but as an instrument of moral suasion, practical instruction, Christian propaganda or social control. This book describes and evaluates this body of literature. It places the books in the economic and social contexts of their writing and publication, and considers many of the most prolific writers in detail. It deals with the stories intended to teach the newly-literate poor their social and religious lessons: sensational romances, tales of adventure and military glory, through which the boys were taught the value of self-help and inspired with the ideals of empire; and domestic novels, intended to offer girls a model for the expression of heroism and aspiration within the restricted Victorian woman’s world.

The Essential Guide to Children s Books and Their Creators

This new volume introduces readers to the wealth of children’s literature by focusing on the essentials — the best books for children, the ones that inform, impress, and, most important, excite young readers.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547348894

Category: Reference

Page: 560

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Upon publication, Anita Silvey’s comprehensive survey of contemporary children’s literature, Children’s Books and Their Creators, garnered unanimous praise from librarians, educators, and specialists interested in the world of writing for children. Now The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators assembles the best of that volume in one handy, affordable reference, geared specifically to parents, educators, and students. This new volume introduces readers to the wealth of children’s literature by focusing on the essentials — the best books for children, the ones that inform, impress, and, most important, excite young readers. Updated to include newcomers such as J. K. Rowling and Lemony Snicket and to cover the very latest on publishing and educational trends, this edition features more than 475 entries on the best-loved children’s authors and illustrators, numerous essays on social and historical issues, thirty personal glimpses into craft by well-known writers, illustrators, and critics, and invaluable reading lists by category. The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators summarizes the canon of contemporary children’s literature, in a practical guide essential for anyone choosing a book for or working with children.

Writing Children s Books For Dummies

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 ...

Author: Lisa Rojany Buccieri

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118356463

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.

Aspects and Issues in the History of Children s Literature

Scholars from 10 countries address children's literature as a literary art form and provide an international perspective on its history and evolution.

Author: Maria Nikolajeva

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313296146

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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Scholars from 10 countries address children's literature as a literary art form and provide an international perspective on its history and evolution.

Treasure Islands

The stories of Eils Dillon receive particular attention on the 10th anniversary of her death.

Author: Celia Keenan

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd

ISBN: STANFORD:36105126924153

Category: History

Page: 219

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The stories of Eils Dillon receive particular attention on the 10th anniversary of her death. -- Kate Hebblethwaite Maroons-Darwin and the question of humanity -- Siobhan Parkinson-From Utopia to Weslandia, via Terabithia -- Anna Bogen Peter Pan-Wildcat Island, and the lure of the real -- Carmen Prez Diez-C.S. Lewis The voyage of the dawn treader -- David Rudd-Islands and I-lands in Enid Blyton -- Jane OHanlon-Enid Blytons relevance -- Clive Barnes-Changes in island adventure in the mid-20th century -- Robert Dunbar-Textual ownership in recent young adult fiction -- Maureen A. Farrell-Scottish childrens literature -- Elizabeth Parsons-The sea in Gary Crews picture books -- Celia Keenan-Tradition and modernity in Into the west and Whale rider -- Michael Flanagan-Catholic/nationalist ideology in Irish popular culture -- Marnie Hay-Irish nationalist propaganda aimed at children, 191016 -- Mire U Mhaicn-The Celtic otherworld in retellings of Old Irish tales -- Patricia Kennon-Si

Windows and Words

This collection of essays confirms and celebrates the artistry of Canadian children's literature. Contributors include Janet Lunn and Tim Wynne-Jones.

Author: Canadian Children's Literature Symposium

Publisher: University of Ottawa Press

ISBN: 9780776605562

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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This collection of essays confirms and celebrates the artistry of Canadian children's literature. Contributors include Janet Lunn and Tim Wynne-Jones.

Children s Books and Their Creators

Features autobiographical vignettes by popular children's authors and offers more than eight hundred short articles covering every aspect of children's books, their themes, and their creators

Author: Anita Silvey

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0395653800

Category: Reference

Page: 800

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Features autobiographical vignettes by popular children's authors and offers more than eight hundred short articles covering every aspect of children's books, their themes, and their creators

The Case of Peter Pan Or the Impossibility of Children s Fiction

In a preface, written for this edition, Rose considers some of Peter Pan's new guises and their implications.

Author: Jacqueline Rose

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812214358

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 181

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Peter Pan, Jacqueline Rose contends, forces us to question what it is we are doing in the endless production and dissemination of children's fiction. In a preface, written for this edition, Rose considers some of Peter Pan's new guises and their implications. From Spielberg's Hook, to the lesbian production of the play at the London Drill Hall in 1991, to debates in the English House of Lords, to a newly claimed status as the icon of transvestite culture, Peter Pan continues to demonstrate its bizarre renewability as a cultural fetish of our times.

Wally and Freddy Leave Home

Wally, the chipmunk and Freddy, the frog decide they would find a home of their own so they leave their families and start out on their own to find a new home. They soon find that although it may be crowded there is no place like home.

Author: Juanita Hourigan Hodgen

Publisher: Robertson Pub

ISBN: 1935125141

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Wally and Freddy find that although it may be crowded there is no place like home.____ The inspiration for this story came from the Juanitas life on the farm as she watched many chipmunks playing in tree roots by a brook.____ This story was written in the 1970s for Juanita's grandchildren who were always begging to hear a story. Their love for small woodland creatures prompted Juanita to tell the story of Wally and Freddy.____ Juanita Hourigan Hodgen is a housewife who lives on a farm in Kentucky with her husband of 62 years, Robert Hodgen. Juanita and Robert have two children Robert and Sandra, seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.____ Juanita loves reading childrens literature. She enjoys writing childrens stories and poems in her spare time. She is a member of the Springfield Baptist Church in Springfield, Kentucky and has taught Sunday school for over forty years.

The Cambridge Companion to Children s Literature

Its unique structure means that equal consideration can be given to both texts and contexts. Some chapters analyse key themes and major genres, including humour, poetry, school stories, and picture books.

Author: M. O. Grenby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139828048

Category: Literary Criticism

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Some of the most innovative and spell-binding literature has been written for young people, but only recently has academic study embraced its range and complexity. This Companion offers a state-of-the-subject survey of English-language children's literature from the seventeenth century to the present. With discussions ranging from eighteenth-century moral tales to modern fantasies by J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, the Companion illuminates acknowledged classics and many more neglected works. Its unique structure means that equal consideration can be given to both texts and contexts. Some chapters analyse key themes and major genres, including humour, poetry, school stories, and picture books. Others explore the sociological dimensions of children's literature and the impact of publishing practices. Written by leading scholars from around the world, this Companion will be essential reading for all students and scholars of children's literature, offering original readings and new research that reflects the latest developments in the field.

Subjectivity in Asian Children s Literature and Film

Winner of the Children's Literature Association Honor Book Award This volume establishes a dialogue between East and West in children's literature scholarship.

Author: John Stephens

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415806886

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Winner of the Children's Literature Association Honor Book Award This volume establishes a dialogue between East and West in children's literature scholarship. In all cultures, children's literature shows a concern to depict identity and individual development, so that character and theme pivot on questions of agency and the circumstances that frame an individual's decisions and capacities to make choices and act upon them. Such issues of selfhood fall under the heading subjectivity. Attention to the representation of subjectivity in literature enables us to consider how values are formed and changed, how emotions are cultivated, and how maturation is experienced. Because subjectivities emerge in social contexts, they vary from place to place. This book brings together essays by scholars from several Asian countries -- Japan, India, Pakistan, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, and The Philippines -- to address subjectivities in fiction and film within frameworks that include social change, multiculturalism, post-colonialism, globalization, and glocalization. Few scholars of western children's literature have a ready understanding of what subjectivity entails in children's literature and film from Asian countries, especially where Buddhist or Confucian thought remains influential. This volume will impact scholarship and pedagogy both within the countries represented and in countries with established traditions in teaching and research, offering a major contribution to the flow of ideas between different academic and educational cultures.

Assessing Children s Writing

This book provides the support that trainee and beginning teachers need to enable them to teach and assess writing.

Author: Kate Allott

Publisher: Learning Matters

ISBN: 9781526481474

Category: Education

Page: 184

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This book supports teachers and trainee teachers with the assessment of writing, and particularly assessment as part of the cycle of planning and teaching – assessment used formatively. - Explores the issues and challenges in the assessment of writing - Highlights the importance of specific feedback - Features examples of children's work and detailed guidance on how to assess each piece - Includes a chapter on supporting children to write more outside of school

Transcending Boundaries

The essays in Transcending Boundaries clearly suggest that crossover literature is a major, widespread trend that appears to be sharply on the rise.

Author: Sandra L. Beckett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135685867

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Transcending Boundaries: Writing for a Dual Audience of Children and Adults is a collection of essays on twentieth-century authors who cross the borders between adult and children's literature and appeal to both audiences. This collection of fourteen essays by scholars from eight countries constitutes the first book devoted to the art of crosswriting the child and adult in twentieth-century international literature. Sandra Beckett explores the multifaceted nature of crossover literature and the diverse ways in which writers cross the borders to address a dual readership of children and adults. It considers classics such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Pinocchio, with particular emphasis on post-World War II literature. The essays in Transcending Boundaries clearly suggest that crossover literature is a major, widespread trend that appears to be sharply on the rise.

The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook

This step-by-step practical guide to the process of creative writing provides genre-based chapters, including life writing, novels and short stories, poetry, and screenwriting.

Author: Paul Mills

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415317851

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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This step-by-step practical guide to the process of creative writing provides genre-based chapters, including life writing, novels and short stories, poetry, and screenwriting.