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How to Write a Children’s Story – Top Ten Tips

September 7th, 2015

LittleGirlPaintHandsSML-blogThis is an endearing little clip. The ten tips are pretty basic but they’re none the worse for that.  What I really like about it is the way that it’s illustrated. There’s no talking head taking centre stage.  Instead, drawings and cut outs are used to show the points. They are simple but clever and because the tips are brief you have plenty of time to look at, and enjoy, the way it’s done.

And if you are interested in writing children’s books, have a look at Julia Donaldson’s website. If the name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, she’s the author of The Gruffalo and lots of other wonderful children’s books, and was Children’s Laureate from 2011 to 2013.

The site is full of wonderful colour and interest. It’s personal, without being boring, and seems to draw the reader into her life. But what I found particularly interesting was the fact that she doesn’t illustrate her own books and she doesn’t even seem to favour one particular illustrator – there are lots of different credits. It just goes to show that you don’t need to be a great artist to write picture books and finding the right illustrator for a particular idea is what really brings a children’s story to life.


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