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I get a lot of questions from people about why I wrote children's books for atheists. Some people think I am pushing atheism, while others think kids are too young to be labeled. Some parents choose not even tell their kids about god until a reasonable age so my books would not be needed, they say.
This show will answer those questions and hopefully ease concerns about my intentions.
There is more to being the author of childrens books than you know.
By Mary Rodd Furbee
1. Consider why you want to write children's books.
If you want to write books for children, it helps to be a little crazy. I developed a passion to write nonfiction biographies for middle-school children about four years ago. My daughter's experiences made me realize that there were hardly any children's books on America's founding mothers. It hit me, hard: This was what I had to write. There was a need. The subject was fascinating. I knew I could do it, and found the prospect exciting. If you have a similar passion, perfect. If not, perhaps you are meant to do something else. It's hard to write books, harder still to write books for children. It's difficult to get published, and you'll face a lot of rejection.
2. Don't expect to make big money or make it quickly.
Writing books for children is like starting a business. You must invest both time and money. I hoped to make money writing my first books, but I didn't. Four years and six published books later, I still haven't made as much money as I could have in most professional writing or editing positions. It's the rare children's book that hits the bestseller list or wins a Newbery Award, and the rare full-time children's writer who makes a living.
3. Read children's books.
When I decided to write biographies of women in American history, I read biographies, histories, books about writing biographies, and lots of middle-grade fiction and nonfiction. It's amazing what you can learn by reading the books you want to write - be they board books for infants and toddlers, picture books, early readers, middle-grade novels or young adult nonfiction. Read the best authors - over and over. If you can, take a class in children's literature or writing for children.
Join Cultural Conversations as we discuss how children's books have an impact on the kids reading them, their self-esteem, sense of community and family; with writer, and corporate communicator, Allyson Ward Neal. Call the show 347.857.3121, MONDAY, 7:00 P.M. CENTRAL TIME/8:00 P.M. EASTERN. Allyson is an author of the popular Ava children's book series, the story of an young african american girl and her family. Allyson is author of, "They are: Algiers: The Untold Story, the African-American Experience, 1929 – 1955, Algiers: The Untold Story of a New Orleans Treasure, Ava the Angel, Ava Lillian’s Blessing, Ava Lillian Goes to School, Ava Lillian's Christmas Play, How to Write and Publish a Book and How to Create Websites for Smartphones, tablets, laptops and more".Call the show 347.857.3121, MONDAY, 7:00 P.M. CENTRAL TIME/8:00 P.M. EASTERN.
Lew Steinhoff has published four children's books through Rocket Science Productions. They make up the well received Jacques the Bear Series.
What started simply as a father telling stories to his children at night has led to putting those words into writing. This series is intetended to be entertaining for a child with a great story line but it also conveys a positive message.
The four books are based of real life stories Lew has experienced, and incorporates one of each of his four children in their own book.
Learn more about Lew and his amazing books at his website, www.booksbylew.com.
Shane Evans and Taye Diggs are longtime friends who first started talking about Chocolate Me! while they were in college.
It's so hard to imagine that there was a time when Taye Diggs was teased and bullied for his appearance, but as you turn the pages of his children's book Chocolate Me! you will soon discover a world that is all too familiar to most of us.
Indeed this is a children's book that is near and dear to my heart for many reasons.Chocolate Me! Is full of delicious life lessons for all of us, young and old! For everyone who has ever felt different, who has wished to be someone else, Chocolate Me! is a celebration of how sweet and lovely and delicious you are!
Join me as I speak with Shane about his collaboration with Taye on Chocolate Me! and so much more!
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Indie Book Rebels #5 - Writing Children's Books with authors Becca Price & Vivienne Matthews.
Also, possibly more Children's Book Authors will join us on this show - or make up, Part II on this fascinating side of Indie publishing.
TWO WAYS TO SUNDAY~
Chris Marcum was a man who had everything. The perfect wife, the perfect job, and the perfect life. He was also sure his belief in God did not depend on those successes. So when an angel appeared to him on his deathbed with a challenge to prove the depths of his faith, Chris immediately accepted. Relive your life, with no recollection. This time however, without the breaks. What happens when instead of going right, you go left? What if there are no happy endings? How much can a man endure before he hits his breaking point? And what happens then?
Tune in and join me as I welcome this week's guest.
Author Grier Cooper joins me this week to talk about her book: Wish, (Indigo Dreams Series Book 1)
For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet so she can begin her ballet dance career. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders, the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.
But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. But life with an alcoholic parent is unpredictable. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.
To learn more about Grier Cooper and Wish:
Zetta Elliott’s essays have appeared in School Library Journal and The Huffington Post. Her thirteen books for young readers include the award-winning picture book Bird, A Wish After Midnight, Ship of Souls, and The Deep. She is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing, and lives in Brooklyn.
Take a stand for Kid Lit Equality; download your free Black Youth Matter posters here.Plunge into The Deep! See the trailer here. Learn more at Rosetta Press. The Deep is a companion book to Ship of Souls. Ship of Souls was a 2012 Booklist Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Youth Title and a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Book Award. It also received a starred review from Booklist: "Urban fantasies are nothing rare, but few mesh gritty realism with poetic mysticism so convincingly. By turns sad, joyful, frightening, funny, and inspirational, Elliott’s second novel is a marvel of tone and setting." Support childhood literacy by taking the Birthday Party Pledge!
This is the final week of National Poetry Month. I've been trying to attend at least one literary event in the greater Boston area. I attended a reading by Author Maxine Hong Kingston. Today's episode will focus on latest original work, Fantasy Faire in SL, children's book and Brains Picking list of books. This Sunday, I'm hosting a special two-hour poetry event with a fellow writer.
Poetry at Fantasy Faire, April 23-May 3
Celebrating its seventh year, Fantasy Faire 2015 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 23 to Sunday May 3, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, live music concerts, auctions, hunts, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.
The Tiny Mouse by Janis Ian
About Brains Picking
Brain Pickings is a cross-disciplinary LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces spanning art, science, psychology, design, philosophy, history, politics, anthropology, and more; pieces that enrich our mental pool of resources and empower combinatorial ideas that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactful. Above all, it’s about how these different disciplines illuminate one another to glean some insight, directly or indirectly, into that grand question of how to live, and how to live well.
The Voice of Hope is here to help Mandarin speakers improve their spoken English. Written, produced, and translated by certified American teachers, this show will appeal to children and help them to succeed in their English classes. Bible stories, based on the letter of the day, are also a part of the show. Please join us today for the letter "S."
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