This blog is sponsored by Gay Howard, Children's Author. Gay Howard is a mother of five who has held some 27 jobs and traveled to England, continental Europe, Alaska, and 46 of the *lower 48* states. Her experiences both at home and abroad have provided great grist for her writing. Gays's work has appeared in Senior Source Magazine and her quilting songs have been published as a collection under the title Emma Sings. She has released a children's CD, Sniffer and Santa. Gay also writes poetry and political satires, and has a play in progress. You can find her Sniffer series here.
I love Beverly Cleary's books but I'm 65 and was too old and so had to read them as a grown up working part-time shelving childen's books many years ago. My favorite? Ralph and the Motorcycle, I think because I loved Stuart Little so much as a kid. But her books about Ramona are really great too!
I think Beverly Cleary means by the quote above that she prefers to write about kids who are real, have real problems, real dreams, real disappointments, real hurts and sorrows, real achievements and real happiness. I do too, though most I write are about realistic circumstances in reality, I do also like fairy tales if they say something to real kids when they read them. I know I want to help kids with my writing, but believe making it fun to learn is most important. Be sure to SHOW not tell to kids, for that matter this works mighty well for adults too.
Chidren's authors for the younger set need to be mindful of illustrations to go with your picture books, beginning to read books, and chapbooks.
BE CREATIVE WHEN WRITING FOR CHILDREN. Think out of the box! Now, is the time to do that book you always wanted to for kids but was afraid it would never get published. Kids always think creatively and like to be entertained creatively so as to use their imaginations, explore their minds, and tickle their hearts.
"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." -- Lewis Carroll