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If you've always enjoyed telling children stories, this book will guide you through the first steps - from writing them down to submitting them with confidence. From inspiration to publication, Tracey Dils shows you how to write the very best children's books and offers important tips for getting published.


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If you've always enjoyed telling children stories, this book will guide you through the first steps - from writing them down to submitting them with confidence. From inspiration to publication, Tracey Dils shows you how to write the very best children's books and offers important tips for getting published.

30 review for You Can Write Children's Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jena

    I bought this book for a Picture Book writing class I was taking and I've got to say that this is the BEST book on the topic that I've seen yet. It not only breaks the topic down into manageable chunks, but it provides step by step directions for every aspect of the business. And if those directions aren't clear, the author also provides visual examples of query letters, proposals, and manuscript formatting, etc. As I was reading this with an interest in writing and marketing Picture books, I I bought this book for a Picture Book writing class I was taking and I've got to say that this is the BEST book on the topic that I've seen yet. It not only breaks the topic down into manageable chunks, but it provides step by step directions for every aspect of the business. And if those directions aren't clear, the author also provides visual examples of query letters, proposals, and manuscript formatting, etc. As I was reading this with an interest in writing and marketing Picture books, I only read those sections pertaining to that market. That being said, I only skipped two chapters and I assume they would be every bit as helpful as the others, if I had an interest in the older markets for children at this time. These are the topics of the chapters: Chapter 1: What You Need to Know to Get Started Chapter 2: Picture Books Chapter 3: Beginning Readers and Chapter Books (skipped reading) Chapter 4: Middle Grades and Young Adult Novels (skipped reading) Chapter 5: Nonfiction Chapter 6: Look Like a Pro Chapter 7: Find the Right Publisher for Your Book Chapter 8: Give Your Manuscript a FIghting Chance (formatting) Chapter 9: Breaking into print Appendixes: Developmental Stages (of Children) & Suggested Resources Index Each chapter also ends with a "Tips from the Top" section (which usually reiterates the main points of the chapter) and an "Inspiration Exercises" (which gives some great ideas for books). The book tells you what is cliched in the markets (and to avoid those), as well as what the markets are currently looking for (thus the 2nd edition of the book). The only chapter I didn't find very helpful was Chapter 6 which spoke about writing conventions and grammar. This would be addressed to the complete writing novice (which I am not). That being said, even in this chapter, I was still able to find some nuggets of information that I found to be useful. Many of the reviews from other authors lauding the book are much the same as mine: this is one of the MOST helpful books for those who are looking to publish in the children's market. This is an invaluable tool that I will keep on my writer's shelf.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    It's a good resource that covers all ages of children's books, including nonfiction, chapter books, and picture books. It also has some resources for finding a publisher with some sample query letters. Nancy Lamb recommended it in her book, The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories.... I'm glad I read it, although I enjoyed the focus on story structure in Lamb's book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Good book for what it covers. The author is obviously both experienced and knowledgible on the subject. I was hoping for a bit more coverage on picture books and the illustration side of the process.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Woolard

    This book covers the basics of writing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    An interesting little fact filled guide for those who wish to write and get published children's books. I liked the section on publishers. There are even small exercises scattered throughout.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Knatia Parson

    Referred a lot to other books, and repeatedly advised the reader to keep up with trends.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amina Elidrissy

    very useful and light book, like a quick guide for beginners, i loves it's simplicity and shortness and the query and manuscript examples, also the tips and exercises

  8. 4 out of 5

    Faith Rivens

    A really insightful look into the different audiences that children's books encompasses. Definitely recommend it to everyone considering writing for children whether it be Picture Books or Young Adults.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Faith

    As a longtime author and creative writing teacher, my shelves are filled with texts about crafting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for adults. After writing a children's picture book manuscript recently, a new genre for my pen, I was searching for a text specifically geared for picture book authors and others who write for youth. Tracey E. Dils' book more than met my expectations. Her tone is straightforward and inviting, and the chapters are organized exceptionally well. I found her chapters on As a longtime author and creative writing teacher, my shelves are filled with texts about crafting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for adults. After writing a children's picture book manuscript recently, a new genre for my pen, I was searching for a text specifically geared for picture book authors and others who write for youth. Tracey E. Dils' book more than met my expectations. Her tone is straightforward and inviting, and the chapters are organized exceptionally well. I found her chapters on picture book writing (chapter two), nonfiction (chapter five), preparing a manuscript and finding an agent and/or publisher (chapters 6-8) particularly of use and jam-packed with helpful advice. Even better, there are two appendixes which include helpful charts on children's developmental stages as well as lists of numerous writing organizations, resources on the internet, and children's writers newsletters and periodicals. There are also great chapters on beginning and chapter books as well as middle grade and YA writing that are well worth an author's time. The chapters end with "Tips from the Top" and "Inspiration Exercises" that I can't wait to take for a spin. I would also consider using this as a text for one of my creative writing classes sometime, as she walks writers through foundational considerations of everything from how to get started and edit to how to craft query and cover letters when pitching a manuscript to agents and publishers. While this is a slender volume at 170 pages, it carries a great worth in knowledge that even a novice writer in children's writing will find instructive and helpful. I know that I plan on keeping it close at hand as I edit and then submit my manuscript. I consider this book a wise investment in my writing, and I'd heartily recommend it to other writers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    James McCann

    This is by far the most helpful book I have found for new writers wanting to break into the children's book market. In fact, even as a four-time published author myself, I still found much of what it had to say pertinent to my daily life. From the "myths" of publishing (all those urban legends you hear about why your manuscript isn't getting published) to tweaking your manuscript to formatting your manuscript to send out, this book will be an invaluable reference for you. If you're new to the This is by far the most helpful book I have found for new writers wanting to break into the children's book market. In fact, even as a four-time published author myself, I still found much of what it had to say pertinent to my daily life. From the "myths" of publishing (all those urban legends you hear about why your manuscript isn't getting published) to tweaking your manuscript to formatting your manuscript to send out, this book will be an invaluable reference for you. If you're new to the industry and finding yourself at a complete loss as to where to begin, start by picking up this book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Blaise Morita

    Required reading for a Children's Book Writing class I attended at Art Center College of Design in 2003, this book stands the test of time. While some instructionals depend on numbers and passing trends to provide often out-dated instructions to a market that is notoriously hard to penetrate, Tracey Dils focuses on the unchanging basics. Grammar. Knowing your target audience. Paying attention to the process. Refine. The list goes on. Though you can never go wrong absorbing any and all opinions on Required reading for a Children's Book Writing class I attended at Art Center College of Design in 2003, this book stands the test of time. While some instructionals depend on numbers and passing trends to provide often out-dated instructions to a market that is notoriously hard to penetrate, Tracey Dils focuses on the unchanging basics. Grammar. Knowing your target audience. Paying attention to the process. Refine. The list goes on. Though you can never go wrong absorbing any and all opinions on how to enter the competitive market of children's books, You Can Write Children's Books should occupy a place on the shelf of all those serious about reaching children through books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cinta

    I started reading this book because, since I also write children's books, I thought it would be informative and useful for me. It was a bit disappointing, since most of the information that this book delivers is the same information you can find anywhere else, even on blogs where you can read that for free. There were a couple of things that I found useful, but as for the rest, I already knew those things. I kept on skipping parts in order to find the parts that were important for me. Good book I started reading this book because, since I also write children's books, I thought it would be informative and useful for me. It was a bit disappointing, since most of the information that this book delivers is the same information you can find anywhere else, even on blogs where you can read that for free. There were a couple of things that I found useful, but as for the rest, I already knew those things. I kept on skipping parts in order to find the parts that were important for me. Good book if you don't know much about the craft of writing for kids. If you already know about the topic, there are better books out there.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Oughtibridge

    My mum bought me this book before I’d even considered writing children’s books and so it sat for a while on the shelf occasionally getting glanced at. It wasn't until I actually sat down and tried writing a children's book that I realised how useful this book is. It's filled with information about all relevant age ranges. My only criticism is that it could have gone into more depth in the sections devoted to middle grade and young adult fiction. Separate chapters for these separate age ranges My mum bought me this book before I’d even considered writing children’s books and so it sat for a while on the shelf occasionally getting glanced at. It wasn't until I actually sat down and tried writing a children's book that I realised how useful this book is. It's filled with information about all relevant age ranges. My only criticism is that it could have gone into more depth in the sections devoted to middle grade and young adult fiction. Separate chapters for these separate age ranges might be useful. The style of writing is very easy to read and flows well. I'd recommend to anyone interested in writing children's books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The concept drew me in, but it wasn't as helpful as I thought it would be. it was the basics of the basics, but didn't delve deeper into HOW to write a children's book (but I guess that was the point considering it wasn't meant to teach but to encourage?) I just expected more insight in the writing process, and once I saw how basic the young adult section was, and even children chapter books, I knew it wasn't going to give me what I wanted and I stopped. Guess this book wasn't particularly aimed The concept drew me in, but it wasn't as helpful as I thought it would be. it was the basics of the basics, but didn't delve deeper into HOW to write a children's book (but I guess that was the point considering it wasn't meant to teach but to encourage?) I just expected more insight in the writing process, and once I saw how basic the young adult section was, and even children chapter books, I knew it wasn't going to give me what I wanted and I stopped. Guess this book wasn't particularly aimed at me. It talks a lot about publishing, which seems helpful if other's want to look into it :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I really enjoyed what I read in this book. It had solid tips and advice for people seriously interested in pursing a career in writing children's books. I thought the chapters were easily understandable and they did a good job of breaking down the different genres and categories of writing. I used this book for my Writing for Children and Young Adult class, which I loved! I'd recommend this book. *Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2012...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alycia Morales

    There is practical advice and teaching in Tracey E. Dils' "You Can Write Children's Books." I wanted to learn about what it takes to write a children's book, particularly picture books. So I went to my local bookstore and chose from the books on the shelf. What jumped out at me from Tracey's book were the Tips from the Top and Inspiration Exercises contained at the end of each chapter. Her chapters are written to the point and easy to read. She left me with very few questions due to her There is practical advice and teaching in Tracey E. Dils' "You Can Write Children's Books." I wanted to learn about what it takes to write a children's book, particularly picture books. So I went to my local bookstore and chose from the books on the shelf. What jumped out at me from Tracey's book were the Tips from the Top and Inspiration Exercises contained at the end of each chapter. Her chapters are written to the point and easy to read. She left me with very few questions due to her thoroughness of the topic. Writers Digest has published yet another helpful writing tool.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This book is a very useful introductory over-view. I got some good ideas from it and it has a great list of resources in the back. The only thing that bugged me personally, was it completely ignored authors who are also illustrators. I realize it is about WRITING children's books, but still... I think there are enough of us who are both writers AND artists that in 170 pages she could have spared a paragraph on the subject. The only time it was mentioned was when she warned the reader to never This book is a very useful introductory over-view. I got some good ideas from it and it has a great list of resources in the back. The only thing that bugged me personally, was it completely ignored authors who are also illustrators. I realize it is about WRITING children's books, but still... I think there are enough of us who are both writers AND artists that in 170 pages she could have spared a paragraph on the subject. The only time it was mentioned was when she warned the reader to never illustrate your story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn James

    I've had a couple of Children's book ideas shifting around in my head and this was a good read to see if any of them were really marketable. It also gave me a lot of good avenues/advice on how I could connect my career with education to help me break into publishing. I'm terrible for devoting myself to one writing idea but if I do look further into the children route, this will be a helpful how-to to keep on my desk!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Coffey

    Okay, so I technically didn't complete it...but it's a reference book more than a read cover-to-cover book. I'll definitely reference it for future works, but between school and the actual assignment I had to do on this book, I didn't have time to read it cover-to-cover. However, I do like the advice it gives in here, despite being a bit outdated (references MySpace and No Child Left Behind). So for an honest review, this book may be a 3.5

  20. 5 out of 5

    Blessy Mathew

    This craft book offers guidelines for the beginning children’s book writer from the writing process to submission. She offers great advice and tips on how to approach different genres—picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, novels and nonfiction. This is a great book to have on any children’s writer’s bookshelf.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is an excellent book for anyone thinking about writing a children's book. It is very informative and has suggested activities at the end of each chapter. I have read through the book and plan to go back through it again, this time using it as a workbook.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    While there is arguably nothing groundbreaking here, this is an excellent instructional book that gives a good orientation for children's writing. Certainly worth a look.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This book is a very basic intro into writing kids books. Good for the beginning writer, and some specialized info for those wanting to write for kids ranging from picture books to YA.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    Interesting, informative, concise book about what makes a good children's book and how to become an author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carla Calvert

    My directive for 2012...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Aikens

    An introduction to writing children's books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Gilbert

    Wow... This book had so much good information, definitely recommend it to anyone seeking to join the world of childrens literature!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Mitchell

    Excellent. Learned a lot.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Great information for someone getting started The information in the book is general, and easy to follow. Highly suggested for anyone interested in writing for children.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lucia Graves

    Lots of wisdom in this for anyone looking for ways to hone the craft and ultimately break into the industry. No need to read it cover to cover.

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