Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Children's Books - Genres

Just a reminder that Highlights has a fiction contest going on right now. The deadline is January 31, 2013. There will be three prizes of $1,000 each or tuition to their famous writers’ workshops. And best of all, there is NO FEE. So what are you waiting for? Why don’t you start the year off right by submitting that story that you finished a while back? Five hundred words is doable. So polish it up and get it out there. That is the first step. The second one is to mail it out—now! 
Here’s a very helpful link to the Evelyn B. Christensen blog where guest blogger Laura Backes (Children’s Book Insider) lists the different genres of children’s books, i.e., from picture books, easy readers, chapter books to young adult. You will find out what ages are appropriate for which books and the word count, more or less, for the different types of books. 
In case you’re wondering about printed books versus e-books, here’s an interesting article by Nicholas Carr, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal blog. Titled, “Don’t Burn Your Books—Print is Here to Stay,” Carr points out that poll numbers suggest that print books are here to stay—at least for a while. 

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you do; but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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