Books on Writing for Children
Yesterday, I was rummaging around my bookshelf and noticed I had accumulated quite a few titles on writing for children. So I thought I'd list them. Now those of you who've been writing for some years probably already own many of these. But for the newer writers out there, I hope these books will offer the same hope, direction, and inspiration that they have provided (and still provide) me along my writing journey.
Here they are (in no particular order):
1) The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb
2) Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine
3) How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published (3rd ed.) by Barbara Seuling
4) Creating Characters Kids Will Love by Elaine Marie Alphin
5) How to Write and Sell Children's Picture Books by Jean E. Karl
6) Writing Fiction for Children by Judy K. Morris
7) Writing for Children & Teenagers (3rd ed.) by Lee Wyndham
8) Writing & Publishing Books for Children in the 1990s; the inside story from the editor's desk by Olga Litowinsky
9) The ABCs of Writing for Children; 114 children's authors and illustrators talk about the Art, the Business, the Craft, & the Life of Writing Children's Literature; compiled by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff
10) How to Write a Children's Picture Book; learning from The Very Hungry Caterpillar . . . and other favorite stories by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock
11) Origins of story; on writing for children; edited by Barbara Harrison and Gregory Maguire (NOTE: this is a collection of lectures presented at various symposiums sponsored by Children's Literature New England, by such authors as Ursula K. Le Guin, Katherine Paterson, Maurice Sendak, Susan Cooper, Sharon Creech, Margaret Mahy, Tom Feelings, Jill Paton Walsh, and Virginia Hamilton)
And, of course, the ANNUAL directory no children's writer should be without: the Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market (CWIM). I believe the 2010 edition is now available!
And if you have any particular book(s) on writing for children, or writing in general, that you refer to often please feel free to share them here. Thanks! :)