How to Write for Children with Jennifer Grant

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Children’s books are a hot genre right now.  With libraries closed, more parents are purchasing children’s books; and more authors are trying their hand at writing a children’s book. These books are so short, how hard could they be to write? Actually, very hard. Or, at least, it is hard to write a book parents want to buy and children want to hear or read. 

As a parent of a two-year-old and an almost one-year-old, I have learned there are a lot of mediocre children’s books out there. So how can you write one that connects with children and parents? 

To help us answer this question, we have a special guest. 

She is an award-winning author and editor who writes for both adults and children. Her most recent book is “A Little Blue Bottle,” a picture book about grief.

Jennifer Grant, welcome to the Christian Publishing Show.

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5 Responses to How to Write for Children with Jennifer Grant

  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser March 2, 2021 at 8:33 am #

    Writing for kids is a high calling, but I think today it might be fraught with hazard. “Read Across America”, celebrated on Ted Geisel’s birthday, has now rejected Dr. Seuss…

    I’d love to write for ankle-biters,
    for it’s on them our fate depends,
    but nowadays the world sees writers
    through a social-justice lens,
    and every tale must have a moral
    that fits a certain point of view,
    and with this you cannot quarrel
    for they’ll simply cancel you,
    putting words into your mouth
    that you never ever said,
    sending reputation south
    to the land of living dead,
    and just today I heard the news
    that we’ve now canceled Dr. Seuss.

    To those who offered prayers for me yesterday on reading Carol Ashby’s comment, I give heartfelt thanks. Had a very bad fall, pretty messed up. Hit a refrigerator on the way down.

    The fridge won.

  2. Sharon K Connell March 2, 2021 at 9:53 am #

    Thank you. I shared your information with my Facebook Writers and Readers group. We have many children’s books authors.

  3. Lydia Naomi Nolan March 3, 2021 at 8:32 am #

    Funny this is mentioned this morning:

    “ Scripture specifically states the role of older believers is to disciple younger believers. Identity thinking would prohibit this since the only people qualified to speak to my needs would be people like me”

    I know this was not the topic but as an example of your topic.

    But this particular instruction caught my eye because I have been surrounded by you g people lately.

    If I find myself questioned as to the validity of my discipling younger Christians I would argue that I AM QUALIFIED, for I made it through young adulthood without suicide, complete debilitation or non-responsiveness, for I am here and have “kept the faith.” That makes me an expert at youth, it’s problems, challenges & its entire findings. And let me say I’ve fallen off the “believer’s boat” often enough as well.

    Yes, our audience today, as it’s been a long time, is geared to listening to experts who think as they do.

    Look for an educated, experienced, in-depth Christian who know what it’s like to be young and “almost didn’t make it” if it wasn’t for Jesus & how we worked out that salvation.

  4. Aston Camel March 8, 2021 at 1:50 pm #

    I am writing a novel currently, but I don’t know how to get it professionally published and all that junk.

    any one know how?

  5. Brandon Lothbrok March 29, 2021 at 6:10 am #

    These books are so creative and imaginative, how difficult could they be to compose? Essentially, very difficult. Alternatively, at least, it is difficult to compose and publish a book parents want to purchase and children want to receive or read.

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