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Hi I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a good book to read on the craft of creating good characters for children's books ?
#1 - May 06, 2015, 06:57 AM

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Elizabeth, books for what age group? Picture books will have different requirements to young adult.
#2 - May 06, 2015, 08:06 AM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)
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Elizabeth, if you write YA (or MG, I suppose), books I've enjoyed are Sol Stein's STEIN ON WRITING, Donald Maass's WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL, and Anne Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD (though her research section is dated). They're general craft books--not just about character, but I think they're worth a read.

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#3 - May 06, 2015, 09:06 AM
Learning to Swear in America (Bloomsbury, July 2016)
What Goes Up (Bloomsbury, 2017)
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Mary Kole's book Writing Irresistible Kidlit, as well as Cheryl Klein's book Second Sight, are both excellent about characters. Mary is a former agent, and Cheryl is an editor, both with an explicit focus on middle grade and YA fiction.
#4 - May 06, 2015, 10:33 AM

Maass' Writing the Breakout Novel is one of the best, and also Henry James' classic old book The Art of the Novel. I have trouble staying with James' fruitcake-dense sentences in his novels, but I found The Art of the Novel illuminating.

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#5 - May 06, 2015, 10:50 AM
SurfYourOwnMind.com, children's creativity blog currently in development.

Another vote for Cheryl Klein's SECOND SIGHT!

I also love WRITING MAGIC by Gail Carson Levine.
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Orson Scott Card's CHARACTERS AND VIEWPOINT is more specific and definitely worth a read.
#7 - May 06, 2015, 11:17 AM
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Orson Scott Card's CHARACTERS AND VIEWPOINT is more specific and definitely worth a read.
I second this, and SECOND SIGHT.
#8 - May 06, 2015, 12:05 PM
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Thank you all so much for your responses.

And for PBs - any recommendations. Not just for characters but also for creating emotion.

Many thanks in advance
#9 - June 16, 2015, 08:18 AM

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The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books by Linda Ashman is the best pb writing resource I have ever seen.

http://lindaashman.com/how-to-write-picture-books/
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than you very much Tammi
#11 - June 17, 2015, 01:56 AM

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I agree with Rose: Mary Kole's Writing Irresistible Kidlit, and Cheryl Klein's Second Sight are both excellent resources!  :stars3 :flowers2 :love5
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