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Book Review: How to Master the Art of Writing Children’s Books

How to Master the Art of Writing Children's BooksHow to Master the Art of Writing Children’s Books by Bobbie Hinman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Writing for children is bloody difficult; books for children are as complex as their adult counterparts and they should therefore be accorded the same respect.” ~ Author Mark Haddon

If you’re of the opinion that children are simple creatures who are content with simple books that are absurdly easy to produce, you need to take a step back and read this book. It contains the best advice I’ve found so far, laid out for you clearly. I especially valued the explanation of how to respect a child’s growing vocabulary, by helping them learn without overwhelming or confusing. I suggest reading one chapter a day, then thinking about what you’ve just learned, and practice writing with that advice in mind. I know I will be!

I’ve written for older kids (ages 10-13) but haven’t had the nerve to ‘go younger’. After reading this book, I feel comfortable about giving that a try soon. I’ll keep this book close by for reference when I take the plunge. All in all, an excellent resource.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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