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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Writing decodable texts
« Last post by RebeccaL-G on November 15, 2021, 06:52 AM »
Anastasia Suen has taught online classes on writing decodable text for the educational market.
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If the NM SCBWI does the Ed Publishing webinar series next year, you should look into it. Re: working for book packagers. :)

Thank you, Meghan!!
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Glad ALL IN A DROP has been helpful! The publisher, HMH (now Clarion), calls these "middle grade" which at first I confused with middle school ages. But the reading level and word count is targeted a bit lower, more for 4th-6th grades. My second chapter book bio (A SPORTING CHANCE) was with the same editor and is closer to 10,000 words. And I have two more coming out with Clarion in the 7000-10,000 range (still for the 4th-6th grade readers).
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Thanks all.  "All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World" and "CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER" are both wonderful books and pretty close to what I am working on.   The text to my book keeps creeping upward so I think I have a MG Chapter Book about the size of Lori's book.  My book has a lot of interesting related facts and diversions which might go into the pages as side notes.
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Yes, Frederick (thanks for liking my book), my CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER is still a picture book bio. When you get into bios for older kids, there may still be illustrations, but the text isn't part of them like in a pb. The illustrations might be a sidebar or a separate page or to start a chapter. Oh, that's another difference. Books for older kids have chapters.
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The Amazon blurb says PB bio. A Google search can tell you if everyone lists it that way. It's 48 pages, so I'm betting they do.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Story Rewrite
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on November 11, 2021, 05:57 PM »
Debbie, I've seen both Highlights/Boyds Mills and Cricket/Cricket books. Same umbrella.

That's what I suspected. They sometimes owned all rights when they made the PB version. Less risk for them since they aren't paying the author again. Of course, that's not always the case, but this is still far different than this happening from an anthology story.
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I'm pretty sure all of Laurie's Women Scientist books are PBs.
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I just got "CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER" by Laurie Wallmark and WOW!  This is such a great book!  The subject is exciting and the delivery is perfect.  This is the best book of this type that I have read so far.  Kudos to Laurie for discovering the Elizebeth Friedman story and executing the book so well. 

How would this book be classified?  PB?  MG?
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Story Rewrite
« Last post by Vijaya on November 11, 2021, 06:08 AM »
Debbie, I've seen both Highlights/Boyds Mills and Cricket/Cricket books. Same umbrella.
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