If you’ve ever feared that your manuscript is too “real” for children, or if you feel the urge to write about a sanitized reality in order to protect young readers, remember this: kids learn how to navigate the world through their books. And if they are experiencing pain, seeing that pain acknowledged in a story helps them know they are not alone. But you should really hear this from two of the greatest children’s book writers of our time.

 

Matt de la Pena, in his essay “Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children From Darkness” for Time magazine, and Kate DiCamillo’s response, “Why Children’s Books Should Be a Little Sad“, beautifully articulate how a little sadness in a children’s book teaches readers that they can, indeed, bear the burdens life may give them.

 

 

 

Opt In Image
Free 5 Part Beginner’s Video Series!

 

✏  Understanding children’s book categories

✏  Step-by-step through the publishing process

✏  Coming up with ideas for your children’s book

✏  How to start writing your children’s book tonight

✏  Our top tips for children’s writing success – backed by 30 years of experience

 

PLUS: Free ebooks, writing tools and more!

And you’ll enjoy a full copy of Children’s Book Insider, the Children’s Writing Monthly!

 

 

This is a gift from the editors of Children’s Book Insider, and there’s no cost or obligation of any kind.

We will never spam you or share your personal information with anyone.  Promise!

    Have some thoughts about this post? Please leave a comment!

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    CommentLuv badge