Category Writing for Children

Thanksgiving Books to Share

THANKSGIVING BOOKS TO SHARE

Thankful Book

Thanksgiving is a day for family, friends, parades, special recipes, and time spent waiting for the turkey timer to pop.  In addition to counting blessings on this holiday, why not spend time sharing a book that celebrates harvest and home with a special little one?  Here are a few suggestions:

How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton.  Adam Wallace is a children’s writer and cartoonist living in Australia who turns his talents toward Thanksgiving in this title from the New York Times bestselling “How to Catch” series.  For ages 4 – 10 years, this hardcover book was published in 2018 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. ISBN-13: 978-1492664352; ASIN: 1492664359

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey! written by Lucille Colandr...

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THANKSGIVING WRITING PROMPTS FOR KIDS

THANKSGIVING WRITING PROMPTS FOR KIDS

Pumpkins

November is a time for harvesting the bounty of the garden and gathering up thankful thoughts.  Kids have a bounty of creative energy just waiting to be harvested, too. Why not take some time together to write something to share with family and friends on ‘turkey day’ later this month?  It’s a good bet your small author will come up with something everyone will be grateful to hear before or after the feast.

All you need is a little time and some supplies—paper, pencils, crayons, markers—and a lot of imagination.  Depending on the age of your young writer, the form his or her work takes might be a poem, short story, essay or a single vivid sentence punctuated with illustration...

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WHAT’S YOUR SUPER POWER?

WHAT’S YOUR SUPER POWER?

Creative writing lesson plan for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students using Molly, by Golly! as mentor text

Do you have to wear a cape, leap tall buildings or become invisible to be a HERO?  That’s the topic kids will tackle as they brainstorm, write and illustrate a picture book starring themselves as a very special hero, someone who uses his or her power to help others.

Because we’ve just celebrated Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13) firefighters were are on my mind more than usual.  Firefighters are always on my mind!  I come from a family filled with firefighters: both men and women, past and present, volunteer and paid.  That’s one reason why I was so determined to tell the story of Molly Williams, the first female firefighter in America...

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HOW I SPENT CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK 2018

Dianne Ochiltree Children's Author

HOW I SPENT CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK 2018

Launched in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. April 30-May 6, 1018 marked the 99th annual celebration of Children’s Book Week.  This year’s CBW theme was ‘one world, many stories’ and everyone found a world of ways to express their love of books and reading. This year, over 800 participating libraries, schools, and bookstores in all 50 states celebrated childhood literacy…many holding two to five events throughout the week, from story times to activity hours. Since 2014, the Children’s Book Council has designated one event per state as a ‘spotlight event’, and I was thrilled beyond belief for my event at Copperfish Books to have been chosen for the state of Florida: https://...

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It’s been an exciting summer!

The Last Blast of Summer

Although we haven’t reached Labor Day weekend, summer time is winding down.  My summer was busy, including:

Author events in paradise. I had the privilege of speaking about the research done for my historical nonfiction title, MOLLY, BY GOLLY!, at  the Marion County Public Library, in Ocala, Florida, in July.  The kids, parents and staff were great.  While in the area, I made stops at the Ocala Barnes and Noble bookstore as well as the B&N in the Villages for story hour appearances. I also did a story hour and signing at my hometown indie, Bookstore1Sarasota, in August.  Thank you, all, for hosting me!

My picture books read aloud on a terrific YouTube channel...

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Pre-Submission Manuscript Checklist for Picture Books

PRE-SUBMISSION MANUSCRIPT CHECKLIST FOR PICTURE BOOKS

If you can check off the following, you’ve got a winner that’s ready for submission:

  • The title is catchy. It tells just enough about the story between the book covers without ‘tipping your hand’ by revealing any surprise plot twists or the ending itself.
  • The story ‘hits the ground running’. It has a beginning that makes the reader care about the characters and want to read on. It sets up the story’s central premise so the plot can flow naturally from it.
  • The plot makes sense. There are no character inconsistencies or internal logic lapses.
  • There are no mistakes in the punctuation, grammar, or spelling. When a new person talks, it starts on a new line.
  • The five senses are somewhere in the manuscript at least once: sight,...
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