Happy New Year!
Would you like to grow as a children’s book writer in 2014? If so, bestselling children’s book author, Sara Pennypacker, shares three tips for doing so:
- Pay Attention
Our KEM (Kristi, Elise, and Marlys) writer’s group has taken this advice to heart. We have committed to meshing the three goals by 1. reading more children’s literature and 2. selecting a stand-out children’s book (KEM GEM) to write about and recommend every month, 3. paying attention to what makes our selection a GEM and inviting our friends, like you, to post your comments, so we can learn together.
Our children’s book selections will come from these genres:
- Picture Book
- Chapter Book
- Middle Grade
- Young Adult
If you’d like to accompany us on this learning adventure, our first KEM GEM post will debut January 15, 2014, and continue on the 15th of every month, giving you time to read along and compose your own comments.
- January 15: Our first title will be Pennypacker’s Clementine, (the book that sparked her popular Clementine series) illustrated by Marla Frazee.
- February 15: On deck is Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park (in her memory).
- March 15: And Bink & Gollie by Minnesota authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee.
Mark your calendars for the 15th of each month to join in on the fun. You can share your book feedback in the pertaining month’s KEM GEM Comment Section (150 words or less). (January 15 there will be a drop down to click on the Clementine‘s page.)
Spread the word. You don’t have to be a writer or illustrator or an adult to participate. You just have to love children’s literature. We’re excited to read, write, and pay attention with you!