Writing children’s books is hard work. At first blush you think, “cake walk,” but upon closer inspection you realize the attention to detail, the dedication to concision, and the ability to simplify complex ideas so young minds can grasp them is both art and skill. It takes a mental dexterity that you wouldn’t associate with children’s writing until you actually sit down and try to write a children’s book. I’ve seen seasoned authors near to tearing their hair out trying to get the scene, the theme, and the dialogue just right. So in that spirit, for the next three posts, I give you three children’s book authors, two new to the genre and one who’s been in the game for a while and let them give you their take on the art and craft of writing for children.
We all seem to be in transition these days and if the transition is a tad scary, Maddy’s Journey, by Julie M. Gotwald can help. It’s a kid’s story about moving to a new home, but with a twist. This time, it’s the grandparent doing the moving.
No one likes change, especially kids. There’s an inherent destabilizing factor that throws even the most stalwart of us into chaos. Maddy is a young girl worried about her grandmother’s impending move into a retirement community. The move means Gran will need to leave the house she’s always lived in which in Maddy’s opinion is a terrible thing. Read more here…