Writing for Kids

Island Time

I’ve been on an island off the coast of Maine for the past week (for the wedding of my beautiful niece above), blissfully unaware that I could get online at the house we’ve rented. My ten year old grandson got everybody connected yesterday so here I am again, logging into Facebook, checking emails, blogging et…

Margaret K. McElderry 1912-2011

Margaret K. McElderry died at the age of 98 this week. Legendary is a word that comes up a lot when her name is mentioned; she edited many children's books that became winners of Caldecott and Newbury medals (one memorable year her books won both awards), and she created her own imprint, Margaret K. McEderry…

Show and Tell

The most important thing I have to tell anybody who wants to write for kids is this: write a story from your own feelings.  The big emotions of childhood – happiness, anger, jealousy, embarrassment etc. – don’t change that much when you’re a grownup. The only thing that’s different is your frame of reference and…