You Can Write a Children’s Book (Book Review)

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You Can Write a Children’s Book
By Tracey Dils

Tracey Dils has put together an incredible resource for writers of children’s literature.  This book is one of the better books this reviewer has read on providing practical instruction and insight for beginning writers.

The layout of the book is very logical, starting with the basics of exploring children’s literature, then progressing to a discussion of the main types of books (picture, chapter books, and nonfiction).  The last half of the book goes into the details and styles of actually writing a book.  It provides practical suggestions for writing query and cover letters, and finding the “right” publisher.

A more unique aspect of this book are the “Tips from the Top” and “Inspiration Exercises” sections at the end of each chapter.  The Tips from the Top section serves a little bit as a summary of each chapter with practical tips writers should seriously consider.  The Inspiring Exercises section is designed to provide a solid footing for the beginning writer to explore and enhance their writing skills.  Both of which are extremely useful.

Overall, if you are a beginning writer interested in the field of children’s literature, consider reading this book.


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on July 28, 2010, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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