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A writer begins – book recs and kidlit advice please!

8 Nov

Right you lovely lot, I need some reading recommendations. My lovely friend @timesforrhymes is embarking on his children’s book writing journey. Mr Tree is a lovely, smiley, brightside person who believes in the power of books and words and reading, of imagination and children and change… He’s going to fit right in! 

Naturally my first response upon hearing his news was to throw loads of books at him ‘for inspiration’! I love sharing my favourites and he has been a captive audience. But now, as he ponders with pen in hand, he has come across the questions we all ask ourselves – as readers, writers, reviewers, publishers, teachers, and librarians – Where do I fit? Where do these words belong? Who is my audience? What is a ‘children’s’ book anyway? 

He has written a post about it here, asking for advice and for people to share their hurdles and how they overcame them. (Please do pop over and join in) It’s made me really sit back and think about my own writing journey. About all the incredible books I’ve read in the last few years, of how we really are living in a golden age of children’s literature and how lucky we are to be able to immerse ourselves in such inspirational and top quality works that move boundaries and push against conventions of age and genre. I want to share All The Books with Mr Tree, but as he starts his new venture and tries to find his place I want to share the books that will help him to do so. He is a poet, a word bouncer, a rhyme and rhythm kind of guy. So far I have shared some Caryl Hart, some A.F. Harold, some Rabbit’s Bad Habits and Wigglesbottom Primary. Next on the list are the wonderfully word bouncy works of Elli Woollard, Sarah Crossan and Katherine Rundell. Then Nuts In Space and Nibbles the Book Monster, combined with a splash of Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve. And this is where you come in… 

I’m looking for books that cross genres, break conventions, use awesome rhymes and rhythms and play with words and language. What would you recommend? What can you share with a fellow booky – or a booky fellow -? Let us know in the comments here or on Mr Tree’s blog here. And maybe pop over to twitter and join him on his journey @timesforrhymes