The Thought Behind Writing a Children’s Book
June 22, 2016
We’ve heard tons of interesting, and unique ways that professional writers will set their environment while writing a book. They need mood like any other. George R. Martin, for example, is rumored only to write on very old computer software, or old computers in general because he refuses to work around the autocorrect. Other stories involve going somewhere like a vacation home, far away from civilization, to have complete, and total silence. Another example, a person I actually know who writes science fiction, is a person who can’t write unless he has creepy, or dreadful soundtrack ambiance in the background to write. Another person writing techinical or trade books, like on heating and air conditioning estimating, likes to have soundtracks, records) of nature in the background – like signing birds, waterfalls, blowing winds. Of course, those topics are entirely different than childrens topics. So what is the thought process behind writing a children’s book?
Our children are important, and the author puts a lot more thought into it than most parents do while picking the book out. I’m not a professional children’s book writer, but I could imagine that the books could only reflect on the authors. Children’s books are built around a central lesson or ideal that the author wants to get across.
Whether it’s how to deal with a difficult situation or a lesson on the morality of life, the lessons we teach our children are important, and I think the authors are here to help. Behind the colorful illustrations, cute rhymes, I think a children’s book author has to work up a healthy attitude, and a tremendous sense of pride like putting on a superhero cape before writing a book. Next time you pick up a book to read to your child, always open it up first and imagine how the author wrote it.
The Change from Physical Books to Digital
June 16, 2016
We all have our personal opinions about whether we prefer reading either physical books, or the new digital versions on an e-reader device. Some adults like fictional novels or non fiction motivational, biographries or technical or trade books, like those about plumbing, HVAC or roofing. But what about for our kids?
Many people have made the move to digital e-books, but children’s books are a different experience entirely for your children. I read the books I enjoy on my Kindle, but when it comes to a child like my nephew, I spend the extra money. I get the large copies with the colorful illustrations because it’s a different experience for children.
When a child gets ahold of a book, they get fully immersed in the experience by holding it in their hand and using the illustrations to enhance their imagination as they read. There’s also the books that still include things that kids enjoy like pop-up pictures, sounds, and more. I think when it comes to younger children it is vital that they have the physical book for their enjoyment they simply haven’t developed the same magical experience to the e-book.
Physical children’s books are also for the parent as well. The child may not appreciate the story reading when they grow up, but the parents also recall it as a happy memory. It’s harder to save an old children’s book after they grow up for memory sake if it was an e-book. Once again it’s another occasion that just doesn’t hold up the same way that a physical book does. I’m a big fan of e-books, but my conclusion is that they aren’t the ideal experience for children’s books.
What Makes a Children’s Book Timeless
June 16, 2016
There are many children’s books out there that have stood the test of time, but what is it about those books that make them still hold up today?
New books published today take care of their selves with huge publishing companies, and a bottomless pit full of cash that’s thrown into marketing. The older stories we still tell our children today don’t have that same marketing, so what’s keeping them afloat? No publishing company in their right mind would still market the first edition of a book for decades unless they were reprinted. So what takes the first edition of a book, and carries it forward decades, or even a century into the future?
Personally, I think it’s only the stories that truly touch a child’s imagination. Books that are so far out there that you wouldn’t believe that an adult had written it. A child growing up has millions of things flowing through his mind of the cool things that would flow through the world if reality and science weren’t a factor. Talking animals, raining food, mythical creatures in a far away in a land that you could only travel to in your dreams, and so much more before children learn the harsh actual realities of the world and the science that governs it.
A timeless children’s book in a summary I think is where an author’s fictional story writing meets the creativity of a world that a child would dream of.
As a quick note on the matter of dreamlands, I would like to thank Concord Landscaping for creating a landscape for my yard that I thought could only be realized in a dream – “my dream garden” – good title for a childrens book!.
Speculation of How Children’s Books Have Grown
June 9, 2016
As an individual who’s twenty-two years old in the year 2016, I’ve always speculated of how I would’ve been raised or how different my children’s books would’ve been in an entirely different year. Just a couple decades alone you can see children’s education, entertainment, and the environment they learn from here in the United States shifting.
There are timeless children’s books out there like the Dr. Seuss novels, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and more. There are exceptions because some children’s books are fictional to a level that today’s technology or other advancements in your daily living simply don’t apply.
As an example of a classic novel out of its time, I witnessed the other day my six-year-old nephew being read a printed illustrated version of the story known as “A Christmas Carol.” As a result of the book taking place in the 1800’s the story had to consistently stop to explain to him all of these things he was seeing, and hearing that you simply don’t see today including a quill.
What does apply regardless of how fictional the books were, is the message, or lesson that they convey.
I could imagine that before the 1970’s there were children’s books that had casual illustrations of smoking. Another thought is that during the Cold War children were taught “duck and cover” maneuvers in class very often that may have made it to children’s books as well! That immense hatred that Americans had toward Russia at the time may have even been portrayed in a few books.
Rooftoppers , a childrens / teenagers book by Katherine Randell is a very good example of an excellent childrens book. In fact, Katherine Randell won the 2014 Waterstones Childrens Book Prize, as announced on April 3, 2014 by BBC News.
What’s considered the right lesson today, could be the wrong lesson tomorrow. As foreign relations, discoveries in health, and much more come to mind it’s an interesting speculation on how children’s books have grown today, and how they’ll continue to grow in the future.
Small Look into the Life of One of the Most Famous Children’s Book Authors
June 7, 2016
Someone who was born over one hundred years ago now, and still has a name familiar with the majority of everyone alive is Dr. Seuss. He was born in the year 1904, and still his books are being reprinted, and multiple movies have been recently adapted from his uplifting literature.
Many who know about him know only about his famous children’s books, and his rhyming prowess. Examples of his more popular rhyming novels being “The Cat in the Hat,” and “The Lorax.” They brought so much joy to children in the eras he wrote that the memory of them carried into their adulthood. In which case, they shared that important part of their life with their children, then their children’s children. To think those few number of words, and colorful illustration had such an incredible impact. So much of an incredible impact that sharing Dr. Seuss books with your children today in an entirely different century is an unspoken rule among parents and schools. Few people knew about his life outside those books, which is a shame because I could only imagine how remarkable a man of his stature was.
The few people who knew him personally referred to him as Ted, because his full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. The name “Seuss” was both his middle name, and his mother’s maiden name. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in the year 1904, when the city was only fifty-two years old, and only ten years before the World War I. To think how different that world must have been between then, and now it’s difficult to imagine from a writer’s point of view today. I had a large tree in my front yard cut down by the very handy Concord Tree Service
recently that could likely be not even half the age of Dr. Seuss’s first printed book.
Dr. Seuss didn’t begin his work with children’s books though similar to many other children’s book authors. He was an editor of a comedy magazine at the first college he attended before he was kicked out, and went on to Oxford University in England where he met his first wife. He seemed to do almost entirely comical work for mostly magazines making people laugh until the time that World War II came around.
During the time in World War II, he was a patriotic individual that was unfortunately too old for the draft, but he still wanted his way to help out. He wasn’t famous for it, but during the time, he did political cartoons and even contributed to make training movies adapting his illustrative skills to animation.
It wasn’t until twelve years after that war ended that he made his biggest break, and forever engraved the name “Dr. Seuss” into our minds with the book “The Cat in the Hat.” It’s where the series of famous books started, and never ended until he died decades later in the year 1991. In that time span, he both wrote and illustrated forty-four children’s books that’ll likely never be forgotten amongst literary history.
Children’s Books Aren’t Going Away
May 28, 2016
In today’s age, it seems like we put more, and more focus on our children’s education. There’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s entirely understandable because we want the best for our children’s future. They only have one, and it can be almost panic-inducing just wondering whether or not we’re doing the best they can for it. Although, there is so much more education out there now as well as the many sources our children learn from whether we show it to them or not. A lot of us almost spend more time putting parental controls on the computer, video game console, TV, and every other electronic device to keep them from mimicking the very things we don’t want them to learn.
That’s because it is no secret that our children absorb everything they see around them like a dry sponge. It raises the question of where our kids are going to learn from today as well as the children of the future. I say that the education, as well as their night time entertainment while they’re little is still in children’s books.
Welcome to the blog
May 28, 2016
Hello everyone and welcome to our new blog. The little one and the nature spirits. This is a blog that will be all about children’s stories and a child’s imagination. We will have posts on the top children’s stories and authors as well as the importance of children’s stories.
A little about us. This blog was created by a group of parents that want to speak and share information on the imagination of little kids as well as why children’s stories need to still be around.
There is a big importance to children’s stories. They are something that will give your kids a lot of entertainment. Kids have an imagination lien no other. They can literally make up anything on the spot and even have imaginary friends. Kids live in their own world and can entertain themselves through anything. It is really sad that as we grow, we lose these imaginations. We need things like cars, games, and tv to entertain us. We hope that we can inspire people to open their minds again and let their imaginations run wild.
That is a little bit of the information on what to expect from our blog. We will be posting articles on a daily basis so stay tuned.