Word by Word Book Club

Monday, September 16, 2013


Some friends and I are studying Ann Whitford Paul's wonderful book Writing Picture Books. 
I tried studying it on my own, but didn't stick with it. Hopefully with a group we can power through.

I'm hoping that after Writing Picture Books we can move on to other great books. Here's the list we've compiled:

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne LaMottWriting Down the Bones by Natalie GoldbergWord Magic- Cindy RogersRIP the Page!, Adventures in Creative Writing- Karen BenkeBook Love, Creating good books for children- Juanita HavillWriting Magic, Creating Stories the Fly -Gail Carson LevineWriting With Pictures- Uri ShulevitzSeize the Story- Victoria HanleyAnatomy of Nonfiction- Margery Facklam and Peggy ThomasShow me a story, why picture books matter- Leonard S. MarcusYes! You can learn how to write beginning readers and chapter books- Nancy I. SandersHow to write a children's book and get it published- Barbara SeulingSecond Sight - Cherly Klein
Writing it Right - Sandy Asher
Writing Irresistible Kidlit - Mary Kole
Save the Cat - Blake Snyder

How to Write a Children's Book Vol. I: Structure - Eve Heidi Bine-Stock
How to Write a Children's Book Vol. II: Word, Sentence, Scene, Story
How to Write a Children's Book Vol. III: Figures of Speech

The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books - Linda Ashman (Thank you Cathy Ballou Mealey!)


2 comments :

Cathy Ballou Mealey said...

Just a shout-out for a great guide that Linda Ashman just published: The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. Lots of examples from 2012 and 2013 that you will recognize, and clear concise tips. Available for download on her website!

Meg Miller said...

Thank you Cathy! I've added that to my list here and to the list in WbW. Linda Ashman's books are so neat! And ever since I heard she writes her books, her husband critiques and then she submits; I've thought Linda Ashman must be a picture book ninja. :D