time at your library and read children's books that have been
published throughout the years. Go to a book store and read
books that are currently published.
might join an organization that is very helpful and supportive----Society
of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. You can
get information about this national organization, as well
as a state or local chapter by clicking on the link above.
organization that I recommend is The
Children's Literature Council of Southern California which
a non-profit organization that promotes greater interest in
literature for children and young people and encourages excellence
in the production and selection of books in that field. The
work of the Council is accomplished through the cooperative
effort of its members who include school and public librarians,
teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers,
parents, and others interested in children's and young adult
literature. This diversity means that members share a wealth
excellent book to help you begin learning about children's
books is "The Writer's Guide to
Crafting Stories for Children," by Nancy
Lamb, Writer's Digest Books, 200l.