You Can Write Children’s Books by Tracey E. Dils
Reviewed by Rocky Reichman
By the end of this book, you will be
able to write Children’s books. Dils delivers an authoritative guide that clearly and simply explains everything this
author knows on the subject. There are chapters on formatting and readability. Guides on how to submit finished manuscripts.
And to end off the book, Dils offers several words of encouragement.
The book isn’t always written smoothly.
It’s more of a book for beginning writers in general than those who just want to learn how to write for Children. Instead
of getting to the point, half the chapters just repeat the obvious, things that most writers know by the time they pick up
the book. Editing, submitting a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) with every manuscript you send out--every other book
on writing covers this. The book fails to stick to the point. It’s supposed to be a book on writing for Children. It
should inform readers how to do that, without extra chapters on topics they can find--or, more likely, have already found
before--in other places. What the book does accomplish is its primary goal, however. Despite the constant derailments taking
readers off topic, this author tells its audience exactly what to do: How to write Children’s books (and publish them).
In the end, the author has succeeded in imparting the very useful wisdom she has to offer.
She is sharing her knowledge. Sharing. And
that’s the first step in teaching and writing for Children. Teach them to share. Start by sharing your own knowledge--by
writing it down as a Children‘s book.