VIDEO: Learn to Publish for Kids with “Writing for Children, Season One”

Using colorful graphics, clear explanations and examples, and plenty of humor, the mysteries of writing unfold in Writing for Children.

From brainstorming to proofreading, viewers will discover how good writing makes words work! Grades K-4.

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Here are some further ideas. Writing for children means thinking about your own past, while staying in touch with young people now, says Michael Rosen.

We’ve all been children, we all know a parent or parent-figure. This makes us all potential writers of children’s books. I think of children’s books as not so much for children, but as the filling that goes between the child world and the adult world. One way or another, all children’s books have to negotiate that space, whether it’s thinking about how the text of a picture book will sound when read aloud, or how the child views him or herself in a world run by adults. And before it reaches the hand, eye or ear of a child there are many adults to deal with: editors, illustrators, publicists, marketing people, the buying adults. And of course, more than likely, you’re an adult reading this, so the moment you think about writing something for children, you’ll be handling something or other from your own childhood. This may be something you read, experiences of being read to, pleasurable or painful experiences from when you were young.

SOURCE: The Guardian

Michael Rosen, an English poet, scriptwriter, broadcaster, and performer, has been writing for children since 1970. He lives in London with his wife and five children.

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