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Picture Books (PB) / New Children's Picture Book Story-TIME YouTube Channel
« Last post by justin-ford on September 19, 2022, 11:05 PM »
The YouTube Channel: “JustinTIME 4 StoryTIME” w Your favorite big brother Justin!

During the process of creating my new children’s picture-book entitled "I SEE ME" coming in October 2022 I became inspired and passionate on how I can do my part to really make a difference for children. Just as there is a lack of representation in the realm of children’s literacy there is an equal lack of representation in media for kids. Growing up we had amazing educational shows such as READING RAINBOW and even MR. ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD and this is how your new favorite big bro Justin was born.

This YouTube channel for kids will feature fun and diverse exciting story-times, positive affirmations, educational fun facts, sing-a-longs and so much MORE! Coming very soon!

I NEED YOU! WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!
I would love the opportunity to feature my fellow authors children's picture-books on this channel for FREE. Not only so we can assist in the promotion of the book but also to provide our children with literacy they can be a part of and see themselves in! I have attached my YOUTUBE channel trailer in the dropbox below! Check it out and if you would like your book considered for a FREE feature LET'S COLLABORATE :)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v4fb6gr1neo6bj6/JustinTime%204%20StoryTime.mp4?dl=0

Feel free to find me on Instagram: @justinwrites4kids
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Reading Level
« Last post by Sara on September 14, 2022, 07:37 PM »
Erin, perhaps you were asking for site suggestions, but another really useful resource in the CHILDREN'S WRITER'S WORD BOOK. It lists common words and their synonyms by grade level.
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That's what I'm thinking. I'll write the book I want to write and then see what an editor or, dream of dreams, an agent says about leveling it up or down!


Start with a critique group or post on the Blueboard for critique. You can also find critique partners through most SCBWI chapters or by posting here: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?board=127.0
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Picture Books (PB) / MOVED: Digital Dummy
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on September 14, 2022, 06:17 PM »
This topic has been moved to The Drawing Board.

https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=92960.0
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I think 13 is perfectly fine for a middle-grade protagonist. I was told that middle-grade kids like to read about protagonists that are a little older than themselves. They like to see themselves as older and not younger. My middle-grade novel has a lead that is 13 and two 10-year-old supporting characters.
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Picture Books (PB) / MOVED: CANVA
« Last post by Vijaya on September 14, 2022, 10:37 AM »
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That said, if you feel you'd like to keep it cleaner, you can. If your main character is 8 or 9, you may be writing a chapter book.  If they are 11, it could be young middle grade. Write th book and see what it needs/ wants to be. Anything can be fixed in revision.

That's what I'm thinking. I'll write the book I want to write and then see what an editor or, dream of dreams, an agent says about leveling it up or down!
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Reading Level
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on September 12, 2022, 08:54 PM »
I like that it's looking at things that feel out of place and wouldn't just highlight everything. Thanks for the info.
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Debbie, I don't think 13 is becoming more acceptable--it's been accepted for a long time.

14 and 15 year old MCs, not so much. That's getting firmly into YA territory--the young end, but YA.

Ultimately, when it comes to stories that fall on the borders between two wide categories like MG and YA, I'd suggest that writers write the story to be true to their main character, and leave decisions about category to the publisher, who will have an understanding of what their audience is. I say this as a general rule of thumb--the OP's manuscript most likely is MG, and can be described that way in a query. Manuscripts on the border, though, can be queried as such.

Good to know. Thank you.
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Reading Level
« Last post by martin-porter on September 12, 2022, 07:11 AM »
Hi Debbie
Hemingway doesn't allow you to select the reading grade - it bases it on what you input.
And it merely highlights where their are complex sentences etc. If it says that body of text is 5th grade level then it would highlight if it is complex for that grade level. If your writing was more complex and adult anyhow it would likely not flag it if it felt it was consistent with the overall piece
And it doesn't make any changes for you so it is totally subjective if you like that sentence you can ignore any of the suggestions.
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