How to Write a Children's Book


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Dreaming of writing for kids?  Want to know how to write a children’s book?  You’ve come to the right place!

We are THE experts on writing children’s books. For 30 years, as the publishers of Children’s Book Insider, The Children’s Writing Monthly, we’ve been helping people just like you learn everything about writing a children’s book (in all book genres and book categories) that kids will love, and in doing so, change the world with their words.

 

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Now, here’s our hand-picked selection of articles about how to write a children’s book. These are perfect places for beginning folks to start. Enjoy!

 

 

Kidlit Social #77: Meet Sarah Baker, SCBWI’s New Executive Director

 
 
On this episode, Laura welcomes Sarah Baker, the new Executive Director of the Society for Children’s Book Writers &…

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Kidlit Social #76: April Cox on Self-Publishing the Right Way

 
 
 
On this episode, we welcome children’s book author and self-publishing coach April Cox.
 
April is the founder of…

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A Chat With Renowned Children’s Author Laura Numeroff

by Sharon O. Blumberg
 
Laura Numeroff is an acclaimed #1 New York Times best-selling children’s author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and…

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Kidlit Social #75: 2nd Anniversary Edition – Laura Answers Your Writing Questions!

 
 
 
On this episode, we celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Kidlit Social with an “Ask Laura Anything” special!  Laura…

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Michael Sampson, NYT Best-Selling Author & Collaborator with Bill Martin Jr.

by Sharon O. Blumberg
 
Dr. Michael Sampson is a New York Times best selling author of 36 books for young children, including Chicka, Chicka,…

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Kidlit Social #70: Industry Pros Reveal – How to Know When Your Manuscript is Ready to Submit

 
On this episode of The Kidlit Social we welcome three respected industry pros, who will help you answer the question:
 
Is My…

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How Much Does a Children's Author Make?

How Much Does a Children’s Author Make? How Do They Get Paid?

Ever wondered how much money a typical children’s author can make? Or how much of each book sale goes to the author?
 
In this post, we break…

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Writing Nonfiction for Children – Where the Opportunities Are Right Now

 
 
Here’s a meaty excerpt from The Children’s Nonfiction Market: How To Break In & How to Succeed, a Writing Blueprints workshop…

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Kidlit Social #60 Replay: Nathan Bransford on Finding Your Story’s Hook

 
On this episode of The Kidlit Social, meet Nathan Bransford, author of the Jacob Wonderbar middle grade series, the writing guides How to…

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Kidlit Distancing Social #46 Replay: Jean Daigneau & Gloria Adams on How to Get Your Manuscript Submission-Ready

 
 
In this episode, two veteran kidlit authors will share their best self-editing tips to help you get your manuscripts…

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Kidlit Distancing Social #37 Replay – Darcy Pattison on Self-Publishing & the Path to Success as an Indie Author

 
 
This week, meet Darcy Pattison, a prolific kidlit author who has found great success self-publishing her own work. Darcy’s authored…

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Kidlit Distancing Social #25 Replay – Brian Weisfeld on Writing Books that Promote a Passion & Deliver a Message

 
This week, we welcome Brian Weisfeld, author of The Startup Squad series (Macmillan), is devoted to empowering girls with an entrepreneurial…

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Kidlit Distancing Social #24 Replay – Brooke McIntyre on Finding, Joining & Getting the Most of a Critique Group

 
This week, we welcome Brooke McIntyre, the founder of InkedVoices, a platform for writing groups and an online space for writers. In our virtual…

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Kidlit Distancing Social #22 Replay – Candice Ransom, Author of 150+ Children’s Books

 
 
This week, we welcome the amazing Candice Ransom. Candice has written more than 150 books, including 18 books for The Boxcar…

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How to Tell if Your Story Idea is Good Enough

 
Most writers find it very difficult to judge the merits of their own story ideas. In this excerpt from a workshop taught by the prolific and…

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Don’t miss a Kidlit Distancing Social.  To get notified of each week’s topic…

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Watch all the Kidlit Social Replays

 

 
Watch All the Replays Now!
 

 
 
Don’t miss a Kidlit Distancing Social.  To get notified of each week’s topic…

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Kidlit Distancing Social #12 – Laura Backes on What Picture Book Writers Need to Know About Illustrations

 
On this week’s Kidlit Distancing Social, CBI Publisher Laura Backes discusses the interplay between words and illustrations in picture books,…

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Kidlit Distancing Social #8 – Writing in Rhyme w/Julie Hedlund

This week on the Kidlit Distancing Social, Julie Hedlund, author and creator of 12×12 Challenge, joined us to chat about one of her specialties -…

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children's book genres

Understanding Children’s Book Genres

Published children’s books fall into distinct book genres, each with its own format and targeted age range. These formats evolved for several…

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