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So why do some people think writing for children is a lesser form of literature?
Kids read more books than adults. A librarian recently told me that reading for pleasure in this country peaks in fifth grade.
Among my books, the ones that sell best are for readers between the ages of 8 and According to a study by the Association of American Publishersthe largest area of industry growth in was in the children and young adult category.
Not right away, of course. Turns out it was closer to 10 books. They buy in bulk, especially when a book is nominated for an award or becomes part of a recommended reading list.
None of mine have made it to the big screen, but five have been optioned by studios, which means a nice check in the mail -- or two checks, if the studio renews the option agreement.
Many adult book authors supplement their income by teaching at the college level. Full-time professors fare well, but pay for adjunct professors is notoriously shabby. If you win a Newbery Medal, you can charge even more. My books are filled with talking mice, silly plots, and a Victorian ghost. Likewise, Charles Dickens wrote serious literature.
But ask people what book of his they remember, and I bet most will say, A Christmas Carol. Because they first read it or saw the play as a child. Nearly every time I sit down to write for young readers, I revisit issues from my childhood.
I received a letter last week from a reader in Oak Park, Illinois, who said my 43 Old Cemetery Road series had been "like a friend since second grade.
You will, too, when you receive mail like this. But these priceless letters make me feel like what I do matters. I finally did write an adult book called In the Bag. Meanwhile, I get letters every week from young readers who have read my books, sometimes multiple times.
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Like this book a lot. It has some good exercises translating between hiragana and the romanized Japanese.
They are helpful for the way I am learning from a Romanized Japanese book (Japanese for Busy People) for the other part of my studies. Good Dog, Carl Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day is a fun book, if you can get over the fact that a mother leaves her baby in the charge of a rottweiler!
With endearing illustrations and lots of humour, we follow the baby's adventures during their eventful day, including sliding down the laundry chute and swimming in the fish tank. The children’s editor and I had a series of conversations that culminated in my deciding to write a children’s book about Charlie, my malodorous, belligerent, highly lethargic and sweet Basset Hound.
It is & I have a fun book filled week in store for you! Today, I am going to kick things off by sharing some of my favorite authors and activities with you & I invite you to share your favorite children's books and activities with me in the linky below.
Writing a book in a day is fairly unique idea and will be a great project for children who participate, said Fernwood publisher Errol Sharpe.
"It seemed to us to be a book that would be a very important contribution to the question of racism and discrimination, and these kids then can reflect on [that]," Sharpe said.