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Children's LiteratureThis popular how-to-book by Barbara Seuling is in its third edition. It is a readable, instructional book for new and more seasoned writers who wish to review the basics of writing for children. Seuling's book is divided into five parts with appendixes at the end. Part one takes a close look at children's books by explaining what a children's book is and how to become an expert. Part two describes how to develop ideas and become a better writer. Part three deals with writing the book, whether it is a picture book, easy-to-read, early chapter book, fiction or nonfiction. Part four concentrates on selling your book. Part five takes a look at the publishing world and how to work with an editor. There is a good mix of material in this book for writers at different levels. There are examples of query letters, illustrations on how to make a picture book dummy, checklists for writing fiction or nonfiction, and lots of other good tips. Back book material includes sources for book lists, references, marketing information, writing books, web sites, and organizations. Seuling's book is a good one to have on your bookshelf. 2005, John Wiley and Sons Inc, Ages 14 up.
—Della A. Yannuzzi