The Way to Write for Children (Paperback)

An Introduction to the Craft of Writing Children's Literature

By Joan Aiken

St. Martins Press-3pl, 9780312200480, 128pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 1998



In addressing "the way to write for children," Joan Aiken starts at the beginning. Is writing a children's book as simple as it looks? Do you want to write for children or about them? Do you want to write a picture book for young children, a book for new readers, or a chapter book for preteens? Why is Beatrix Potter so beloved? E. Nesbit? A. A. Milne? Maurice Sendak?

After more than fifteen years as a writing shelf classic, The Way to Write for Children has been completely revised and updated. From analysis of what makes the best-loved children's books so successful, to where to look for inspiration, to practical advice on how to structure a plot, Aiken delivers an extremely useful book for anyone who's ever considered writing a children's book.

About the Author

Joan Aiken is the award-winning author of over a hundred books for children and adults, including The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Whispering Mountain, The Shadow Guests, and A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories. She lives in Sussex, England.

Praise For The Way to Write for Children: An Introduction to the Craft of Writing Children's Literature

"Hopeful authors exploring 'the way to write for children' could ask for no finer guide than Joan Aiken."--Lloyd Alexander, Newbery Award winner

"Joan Aiken has a very clear and unique voice which she brings to the Matter of Children's Books. Any writer who wants to learn the business--of writing--can learn much here."--Jane Yolen, Caldecott Medal and Skylark winner

"The Way to Write for Children is unquestionably bound to become the definitive practical guide for anyone wanting to enter a genre that looks so easy and turns out to be such a mine field for the unwary. But what I cherish in the book is Joan Aiken's passion . . . Whether or not you hope to write for children, this is a book for the permanent shelf of every thoughtful writer."--Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn and The Innkeeper's Song