While children's picture books may seem simple, creating a brilliant one is no easy task. How do you make yours smart, engaging, and fun — rather than clichéd, saccharine, and didactic?
Janet Fitch is the author of White Oleander (picked for Oprah's Book Club) and Paint It Black. Janet has kindly given us permission to repost her famous 10 Writing Tips article which originally appeared on her blog. Read on for some great advice!
Tomorrow (Thursday, April 26th) is Poem in Your Pocket Day! A simple concept, the day invites people to: 1. Pick a poem you love 2. Carry it with you in your pocket 3. Share it with co-workers, family, and friends! Poem-in-pocket-participants are also encouraged to share their poems on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem. For more information on the event and to watch a video about the day, click here.
April may be "the cruelest month," but it's also National Poetry Month (contrary to the Poetry Foundation's April Fool's announcement that National Poetry Month has been cancelled)! Every April since 1996-- poets, readers, teachers, critics, and publishers have used National Poetry Month as a time to rally the troops and get people interested in the world's oldest literary art form.