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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Encyclopedia of Writing and Illustrating Children's Books Review

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The Encyclopedia of Writing and Illustrating Children's Books Review

About the Book: The latest in our best selling Encyclopedia of Art series now focuses on a popular topic for both writers and illustrators: how to make, craft, and sell children’s books. This practical book is a step-by-step guide to becoming a successful graphic storyteller, showing how to create exciting plots and engaging characters that will delight young readers.

Topics feature a wide range of genres, from fantasy and fairy tales to action-packed adventure, and offers guidance on how to tailor work to suit different age groups. The Encyclopedia of Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books also features a special section on the commercial realities of the children’s publishing industry, with tips on presenting and promoting work, and includes a gallery of inspirational examples from renowned children’s writers and illustrators.

Our Take: There are so many books out there for aspiring authors of all genres and children's books are no exception.  You may have a good idea for a children's book, or perhaps just a passion for storytelling, and you need some direction.  The Encyclopedia of Writing and Illustrating Children's Books is most definately the way to go.

The book features extremely helpful tips and sections on everything from character development to avoiding cliche and color theory and it's use in storytelling.  Each section is divided up nicely with a ton of illustrations to keep the reading light and easy to follow.   Don't let the simple appearnce fool you, though.  Much like a children's book, it is full of content.

This book is invaluable to anyone interested in writing books for children.  Its a great place to get started and a wonderful reference to have laying around.  We definately recommend it.

How to Buy: or the Running Press website