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The Way to Write for Children: An Introduction to the Craft of Writing Children's Literature

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In addressing "the way to write for children," Joan Aiken starts at the beginning. Is writing a children's book as simple as it looks? Do you want to write for children or about them? Do you want to write a picture book for young children, a book for new readers, or a chapter book for preteens? Why is Beatrix Potter so beloved? E. Nesbit? A. A. Milne? Maurice Sendak?

Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published June 24th 1982)
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This is a reread. I've had this book on my shelves since my pre-college years when I aspired to be a writer. It is by Joan Aiken, whose children's books I loved as a child.... Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Nightbirds of Nantucket, and Black Hearts in Battersea being some of the titles I still have on my bookshelves.

It's a pleasure to reread something like this with the advantage of almost a quarter century more of experience and information. I think I probably take some of what she says with more
This is terrific, great advice and also a little humor from one of the masters.
Cranky as only a British children's author can be, and wonderfully quotable, Aiken here is writing for the rank beginner. Still, one suspects that only more advanced writers will have any idea why she's so irascible on the subject of children's literature or perceive how profound her suggestions and generalizations are, whether or not they are about children's books per se. An example: "Children may be fiends in all kinds of ways, but they are not hypocrites." Highly recommended.
Deborah Watring-Ellis
I've had this book for many years and just re-read it. It is dated (originally published in 1988, updated in 1999), but I got some good ideas. It is very focused on some practical and (I think) mechanical aspects of writing for children. Doesn't matter. I took away some inspiring ideas.
Sam Pope
A useful and at times funny book about writing for children. Perhaps a little dated for today's more technical society and some of the rules laid down were disputable. Very interesting though if you want to write for children (obviously!)
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I rescued this book from under a friend's couch, where it was being cruelly bent in half between the carpet and the couch-leg, and adopted it. Poor book. It's had a tough life.
Simple and practical. Has a few gems in it, but not terribly inspiring.
Helpful. Witty. British.
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Joan Delano Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE,has been celebrating its 50th Anniversary with the publication of three brand new editions of the book and a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza.


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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles, #1) Black Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles, #2) Nightbirds on Nantucket (The Wolves Chronicles, #3) Jane Fairfax Arabel's Raven (Arabel and Mortimer, #1)

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