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Monday, April 4, 2011

C is for Chapter Books

Once our children learn how to read and have mastered picture books, they soon move on to chapter books. When we as authors write chapter books, we need to keep in mind the readers' interests, age levels, and reading ability to ensure their enjoyment of our adventure. Here is where we need more descriptive, colorful language so that our reader can "see" the characters and see the story play out in front of them.

The reader needs to be there right along with the main characters. Can they smell the salty sea air? Can they hear the buzz of the airplane over head? Can they feel the hot, grainy sand under their toes? Can they taste the chocolaty, sweet fudge pop from the Ice Cream Truck? Can they see the bright, blue, cloudless sky decorated with a flying seagull overhead?

We need to  pay attention to the storyline and the direction the plot is taking. Is this a quiet, uneventful day at the beach with nothing much to move the story along? Or does some unidentified object wash ashore raising questions in the reader. Questions like: what is that object, Is this the beginning of a mystery, Is this a clue,
why does this show up now?

These are all things to think about as we venture into creating a satisfying chapter book. Good luck and I'll see you on the book shelf.


Jen Daiker said...

Descriptions in Chapter books are key. It really helps the reader move from page to page fully understanding what's happening. Also to remember their ages and let them know that they are indeed smart and you know that is key as well.

I stopped in to welcome you to the A to Z blogging challenge!! I'm a co-host, should you need anything just ask away! I hope you'll stop by my place to say hello! We're also having fun at twitter (I'm @jenunedited and we're at #atozchallenge)!

Jennifer Gladen said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'll definitely head over and check out your posts.

Missy said...

I love chapter books. How cool for, I saw in your profile you have two books under contract!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Oh so true! This goes as well to full-length novels. I don't want to read about a duck waddling down the road unless it's significant. I keep these questions in mind as I write and edit:

Does it move the plot forward and doe sit deepen the character?

♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

Anonymous said...

Great advice!

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