And next week, I plan to share with you my entire lecture plus six handouts that include: Chapter Book Basics, Chapter Book Analysis (where I take apart 3 chapter books and analyze the structure), a list of recommended chapter books to read, Chapter Book Template Outline, A list of problems that characters can deal with in early chapter books, and finally a list of publishers that accept chapter book submissions.
But for this week...I've compiled a huge list of resources to get you started on writing chapter books.
One you won't want to miss listed at the end is a FREE WEBINAR about Writing Chapter Books and an amazing Chapter Book Course! (Also, did I mention there is a contest where you can win registration to this amazing Chapter Book Course? YEP! You heard me right. So scroll on down and check it out!!!!
Blog Posts About Chapter Books
Kathy Temean defines chapter books
Mary Kole discusses chapter books
Rebecca Talley discusses chapter books
Author Lynne Jonell discusses her path to writing chapter books.
Ideas for Writing Chapter Books for Kids
Children’s Writer Tina Cho discusses writing Beginning Readers and Chapter Books
Chapter Book Formula
Chapter Book Blue Print
6 Things I Learned About Writing Chapter Books
Chapter Book Chat (Blog dedicated just to chapter books)
Writing a Series
Creating a Chapter Book Series
Scholastic Discusses: The World of Kids’ Chapter Books
Renaissance Learning: Use this site to look up word count of chapter books.
Craft Book Resources
Yes! You Can Learn to Write Beginning Readers and Chapter Books
The Writers Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb
Children’s Writer’s Word Book (This isn’t about chapter books, but it’s a great word resource to use.)
Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole
Challenges/Groups to Join
SCBWI Blueboards (for members of SCBWI) There is a specific forum just for chapter books and mg.
Chapter Book Challenge
Chapter Books to Read
Dr. Mira Reisburg in holding a contest with some amazing prizes!!!! (One prize being a free ride to her Chapter Book Course.)
Free Webinar: Why Editors Want Chapter Books and How to Write Them
Children's book author, Hillary Homzie and Children's Book Instructor and Agent Dr. Mira Reisburg are holding a free webinar on Friday March 21st at 6PM Pacific Daylight Time on “Why Editors Want Chapter Books and How to Write Them.” If you’ve ever been on a CBA webinar, you’ll know that they are lots of fun.Mira will be explaining what exactly a chapter book is, why editors are looking for them, and about their great potential for illustrators. Hillary will be sharing awesome writing techniques, why Hollywood is interested, and then if time allows we’ll be commenting on any ideas for standalone or series books that you post on our page here http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/why-editors-want-chapter-books-and-how-to-write-them-webinar.html
So if you’d like to register for our super fun webinar (which we hope that you do) – here’s the link https://wj168.infusionsoft.com/app/page/event-register
You won't want to miss this!!!!
3/10/2014 07:46:44 am
Wow! Thank you, Mandy, for posting these great resources with more to come. I can't wait for Mira's webinar to learn more about writing chapter books.
10/27/2016 03:47:14 am
Writing encourages to become more expressive with our feelings. For majority of our time, we inform our friends and loved ones of upcoming journals and published works to stimulate our intellect. I have viewed your blog entries and your best attempt at working on past and present ideas. Keep it up. I must have stumbled on a blank page but I have seen of your ideas. Thank you for your advice and sharing your experiences. Good tip on writing pay too!
3/10/2014 08:26:20 am
this is an amazing lot of resources! Thanks, Mandy!
3/10/2014 10:46:01 am
Wow, wow, wow! A big THANK YOU for all of this info, Mandy!
3/10/2014 04:15:55 pm
What a fantastic list of links and I look forward to next week. I really want my chapter book to shine and I am sure it will with your help. :)
3/11/2014 02:45:28 am
This is a great list of resources for chapter book writing! I'm really happy to see the Chapter Book Challenge (ChaBooCha) listed here too! :)
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5/26/2014 01:20:29 am
Thanks for the links to Writers' Rumpus, Mandy and Mira. I noticed you have a link to the AR Quiz store. Here's a link to a how-to post for using it: http://writersrumpus.com/2013/11/05/how-to-research-kidlit-at-the-ar-quiz-store/
1/9/2015 12:36:37 pm
And now it's January, 2015... This is such a great post. I've just spent HOURS reading info on the links you provided. And...I'll be back for more. What a great resource!
3/6/2016 10:33:08 pm
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