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'Scuse the newbie question, but can someone tell me what is a "concept book"?

I've seen the term a couple of times recently and was just going through the SCBWI market survey and found a couple of publishers saying "no concept books" so I thought I would check to make sure mine isn't one!

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Carrie
#1 - January 06, 2011, 09:20 AM
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A concept book is a book designed to teach children concepts. Like opposites, or colors or the alphabet.
#2 - January 06, 2011, 09:28 AM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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What Artemesia said. Concept books don't typcially have a plot, they simply share information.
#3 - January 06, 2011, 11:22 AM
BACKHOE JOE, HarperCollins, 2014
FAMOUSLY PHOEBE, Sterling, 2017
ALL IN A DROP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

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Thanks! That seems so simple and obvious now.   ;)

At least I can safely say that my book is NOT a concept book.

Carrie
#4 - January 06, 2011, 06:39 PM
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It's nonfiction. Typically they are written for the young end of the picture book range (e.g., Tana Hoban's books). But there are concept books for older kids--and if I can remember any titles I'll come back and post them.
#5 - January 08, 2011, 07:54 AM
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Steve Jenkin's nature/animal books are for older readers yes?

Except "What Do You Do With A Tail Like This?" because it is simple rhyme. Yes??
#6 - January 08, 2011, 07:58 AM
What's for pudding, Mimmy?

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