People who write great books have to learn how to write. A lot of time has gone into finding the best books to help you become a better children’s book writer. If you can read them quickly, you can become a better writer almost overnight, if you can. These writing books are used a lot by other writers and coaches, and I’ve read them more than once. They’re the ones I’ve read more than once. because the first time through, you won’t be able to get all of the important information.
If you start following the advice in these writing books, you will start to see results right away. You will love these books. Because they worked for me!
The Best Writing Books to Make You a Better Writer:
Most of these books are for people who want to write adult books, but the ideas can still be used to write children’s books. There are a lot of things you can do to make things more kid-friendly, like make Plot Perfect’s character card more kid-friendly.
Plot Perfect by Paula Munier
My favorite writing book is Plot Perfect. It’s the best one out there. I’ve told everyone in my writing group and my critique partners about it because I love it so much. Every time I read it, I learn something new.
I think it’s one of the best books for writing to help you add action to your plot. I also love that this book doesn’t care if a book is about a character or a plot. From Paula Munier’s point of view, they’re the same thing. Yes, this book should be in your library.
Story Genius by Lisa Cron
Lisa Cron was a keynote speaker at a conference and a breakout session at a conference. I had the chance to hear her speak twice. Both of them were great! It would be fun to read anything this woman wrote. This woman is very smart. That’s not the best book she has written, though. Story Genius is my favorite. This isn’t the only way she wants you to get inside your character’s head. She wants to write full backstory scenes to help you understand why they made the decisions they did. This is a big reason why she makes sure you understand what your story is about and why people should keep reading.
The picture book If you write or write novels, you should both read this book!
Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
Save the Cat Writes a Novel is based on the original book by Blake Snyder. It’s a great way to learn about plot. After I read the book, I had the chance to go to a webinar with Jessica. I can say that the book had all of the same information!
Jessica is very good at explaining the whole story line with movie examples that we’ve all seen. It was the point in time when everything really clicked for me. Make sense of all the things you need to do before your story ends with this book!
Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole
You should have read this book a lot faster than you did. It blew my mind! Writing Irresistible Kidlit is written by Mary Kole, who used to be an agent. So they know a lot about traditional publishing from the business side. But my favorite part was how she really explained the Middle Grade and YA market to a writer. She did a great job. After reading this, I understand how to make my story more appealing to people who will read it.
If you want to write for older kids, you can’t go wrong with this book.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers is a book that was written a long time ago, but its advice still works. One of the best books I’ve found to teach editing skills is this one. It’s by far one of the best. A lot of the time, you don’t get down to the specific changes you’ll need to make line-by-line.
Even though you only meet with your critique partners once a month, it’s nice to be able make changes to your own writing when it’s not possible. I think you should get this book.
Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul
Writing Picture Books has been out for a long time, but it got a new look in 2018. It’s great. She walks you through the whole process of writing for kids, from characters to plot to rhythm and rhyme, all in one book.
To be honest, some of the rhythm and meter was hard for me to figure out. That’s why I don’t write rhyming picture books. However, if you write picture books of any kind, you need this book. All of the time.
Author: A True Story by Helen Lester
We love Helen Lester’s book, Tacky the Penguin. She talks about how she overcame her own struggles with writing as a child in order to become an author “real” people can read and write about! Author: A True Story is full of encouragement, advice, and humor. Even the youngest writers will be charmed and inspired by this book.
[Age 5-8] This is for people who aren’t very old.
The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
Girl: I want to enter the library’s story contest, but I can’t figure out how to write a story! In her family and at school, she gets help from people who know what makes a story good. We all have our own ideas about what makes a good story. If you’re a young writer or a reader, you’ll enjoy and be inspired by Eileen Spinelli’s quirky heroine and Anne Wilsdorf’s lively illustrations.
[Age 5-8] This is for people who aren’t very old.
My Book About Me by ME, Myself by Dr. Seuss
Then, for her fourth birthday, a friend gave my daughter My Book About Me. I was more excited than she was. Remember how much I loved making my own book about myself and being told to write in a “real” book? There is a “Seussian” question or an activity for kids to do on each page. There is still no better way to get kids excited about writing.
[Age 4 to 8]