Monday, August 31, 2009

Writing a Book for Kids Part 1

With a tip of my hat at Dandi Daley Mackall, a wonderful and prolific writer whom I met at the Northern Ohio SCBWI conference last year, I've decided to blog about the process of writing a nonfiction book for kids. I'm just starting work on my third title for Chicago Review Press. Its working title is Queen Elizabeth for Kids....part of CRP's "For Kids" Series. I just got my contract signed and "sealed" in the mail, but I've already started the research. So -- this will be a "start to finish" description of how I'm researching and writing the story of the world's most famous queen (in my book, anyway!).

That's one thing -- researching and writing. However, for those of you who are curious about the next step, I can describe that too. I delivered the manuscript for
Theodore Roosevelt for Kids early in June, so I'll blog about the process of working with my editor and everyone else at CRP to get the product out by next summer. To see examples of CRP titles, visit their website at These books feature content, lots of cool images, AND very well done activities that tie in with the titles. These are very good reads -- and adults can learn from them as well.